de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
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University of Southern Mississippi


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2.70 cu.ft. (9 boxes)

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Material was donated by Anita Larsen from March 1984 to October 1994.


Noncirculating; available for research.


The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch

Anita Larsen was born December 29, 1942 in Hastings, Nebraska. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Buena Vista College in 1967. She went on to graduate with a master's degree from Drake University while she taught English and speech at a local high school in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduation, she decided to lecture at Drake University's theater and English departments. From 1984 to 1992, Ms. Larsen taught at the Institute of Children's Literature. In her spare time she is an actress, writer, editor, playwright, and critic. She writes articles for Ranger Rick, Publisher's Weekly, and Bookfinders, as well as a review column for the Des Moines Register. She is also an editor for Iowa State University Press, Greenhaven Books, and Crestwood House.

Ms. Larsen has written stories under the names Anita Gustafson, a once married name, as well as the pseudonym Dana White. Two of her books, Guilty or Innocent?(1986) and Some Feet Have Noses (1983), have been voted an American Library Association Notable Book. Some Feet Have Noses was also voted an outstanding science trade book by the Children's Book Council.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of three series, correspondence, books, and publisher's promotional materials. There are 15 books represented in the collection and all have a typescript. Most have galleys or proofs as well. The materials for the books are arranged alphabetically, and within each title in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence folder consists of various letters to Frank Sloan, the editor of the History's Mysteries Series. The other correspondence was separated by title. There are eight titles in the History's Mysteries series, three by Gail Stewart and five by Anita Larsen. Each of the titles detail mysterious happenings to famous people throughout history. Amelia Earhart: Missing, Declared Dead (1992), Montezuma's Missing Treasure (1992), The Roanoke Missing Persons Case (1992),and The Rosenbergs (1992) are represented in the collection. Amelia Earhart: Missing, Declared Dead has an edited typescript, proofs, and research materials. Montezuma's Missing Treasure has a typescript and proofs. The Roanoke Missing Persons Case has correspondence, edited typescripts, proofs, and two copies of a galley. The Rosenbergs has a typescript, proofs, and an illustration list for Marcy Ramsey.

Two of Anita Larsen's earliest books are Some Feet Have Noses (1983) and Burrowing Birds (1981). Both were published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard and illustrated with pencil sketches. Burrowing Birds has a typescript and galley. Some Feet Have Noses is a large part of the collection. The collection contains photographs, a typescript, numerous revisions to the typescript and index, proofs and edited galleys for the book. Ms. Larsen used photographs from the American Museum of Natural History in New York to begin her research about feet. She and the illustrator April Peters Flory found over 50 photographs for the book. Both the photos used in the book and for the sketches are in the collection, as well as the photos she left out. There are also some footprints of twins that she incorporated into the book.

Monster Skull Rolling and Other Native American Stories (1980) is a compilation of stories retold by Anita Larsen. The correspondence in the collection refers quite often to "Coyote Goes On", which was the original title for the book. There is a typescript, three revised proofs, and photocopies of the illustrations by John Stadler.

Ms. Larsen's most popular books are her stories about criminology, sleuthing, and mysterious disappearances. Guilty or Innocent? (1985) takes up almost two boxes and is based on the cases of nine famous serial killers. There are several revisions of her original typescript, as well as proofs, paste-ups and signature blues. The nine photographs used for each chapter are also included. Ms. Larsen wrote two books about mysterious disappearances, Lost...And Never Found (1985) and Lost...And Never Found II (1991). These two books take up two boxes as well. The first book, originally titled "What Happened to Them?", has a typescript and a galley. The sequel, Lost...And Never Found II makes up the bulk of these two titles. Included in the collection are research notes, correspondence with the editor, and her book proposal. There are four revisions of the typescript and a proof. One of the chapters included in the typescript was never published. Psychic Sleuths (1994) discusses the use of psychics to solve crimes. Much of Ms. Larsen's work on the book was based on the experiences of fellow children's author Lois Duncan who used a psychic to help solve the murder of her daughter. Ms. Duncan made many suggestions for the typescript in her correspondence with Ms. Larsen. There are two copies of her book proposal, a typescript, and revisions to the typescript based on Lois Duncan's letters. True Crimes and How They Were Solved (1993) is a book about criminology and how crimes are solved. Included in the collection are research notes, a book proposal, three edited typescripts, and proofs.

Related Collection

The Gail Stewart Papers (DG0589) contain the materials for three History's Mysteries books: Where Lies Butch Cassidy, What Happened to Judge Crater, and Why Buy Quantrill's Bones. These materials were originally donated with the Larsen Papers but are now housed in a separate collection.

Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books

C. Publisher's Promotional Materials

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 Correspondence with Frank Sloan, editor for the History's Mysteries Series, 11 items.

B. Books

Amelia Earhart: Missing, Declared Dead by Anita Larsen, illustrated by Marcy Ramsey (New York: Crestwood House, 1992). 1/2 Research materials, 6 pp. 1/3 Typescript, edited; front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-41. 1/4 Typescript, edited and photocopied; front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-41. Illustration list, 3 pp. 1/5 Proofs, minor editing, dated 10/7/91; front matter, 4 pp.; pp. 4-48. Burrowing Birds by Anita Gustafson, illustrated by Joel Schick (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1981). 1/6 Typescript, edited; 46 pp. 1/7 Galley, dated 12/18/91; 16 pp. Guilty or Innocent? by Anita Gustafson (New York: Holt, Reinhart, 1985). 1/8 Correspondence with editors and publisher, 16 items. 1/9-1/11 Typescript, 1/9 Front matter, 6 pp.; pp.1-55. 1/10 Pp. 56-119. 1/11 Pp. 120-166. 1/12 Typescript of index, edited, 22 pp. 2/1-2/3 Typescript, labeled as edited draft, photocopied, 2/1 Front matter, 2 pp.; pp. 1-55. 2/2 Pp. 56-119. 2/3 Pp. 120-166. 2/4-2/6 Typescript, edited, some typesetter's markings, 2/4 Front matter, 11 pp.; pp. 1-44b. 2/5 Pp. 45-104. 2/6 Pp. 105-166. 2/7-2/9 Typescript, edited with typesetter's markings, 2/7 Front matter, 11 pp.; pp. 1-45. 2/8 Pp. 46-126. 2/9 Pp. 127-166. 3/1-3/3 Proofs, labeled as master proof, minor corrections, 3/1 Jacket blurb, 2 items; front matter, pp. i-xii; pp.1-36. 3/2 Pp. 37-88. 3/3 Pp. 89-142. 3/4 Proofs for index, labeled as master proof, typesetter's marks, dated 6/10; pp.143-150. 3/5-3/7 Paste-up proofs with photographs added, some typesetter's marks, dated 6/17, 3/5 Front matter, pp. i-x; pp.1-36. 3/6 Pp. 37-83. 3/7 Pp. 84-150. 3/8 Photographs, 9 items. 3/9 Blues, 5 items. Jason Saves the Kitten by Dana White, artwork by Bob Barner (Columbus: Weekly Reader, 1984). 3/10 Typescript, with original title Jason Saves the Kitty, 13 pp. 3/11 Typescript, labeled as copy-edited, 14 pp. 3/12 Typescript, minor corrections, 14 pp. Lost...and Never Found by Anita Gustafson (New York: Scholastic, 1985). 4/1-4/3 Typescript, edited, 4/1 Pp. 1-38. 4/2 Pp. 39-86. 4/3 Pp. 87-132. 4/4 Galley, 47 pp. Lost...and Never Found II by Anita Gustafson (New York: Scholastic, 1991). 4/5 Research notes, 10 items. 4/6 Correspondence with editor, 3 items. 4/7 Book proposal, 7 pp. 4/8-4/11 Typescript, edited, 4/8 Introduction, 3 chapters, 63 pp. 4/9 3 chapters, 53 pp. 4/10 3 chapters, 43 pp. 4/11 Typescript of introduction, corrected from previous version, 7 pp. 5/1-5/3 Typescript, edited, 5/1 Introduction, 3 chapters, 45 pp. 5/2 3 chapters, 40 pp. 5/3 3 chapters, 43 pp. 5/4-5/6 Typescript, labeled as submitted manuscript, 5/4 Introduction, pp. 1-9; chapters 1-3, pp. 10-56. 5/5 Chapters 4-6, pp. 57-95. 5/6 Chapters 7-9, pp. 96-138. 5/7 Typescript of introduction, further corrections, 7 pp. 5/8-5/9 Typescript, edited, dated 8/9, 5/8 Introduction, 3 pp.; chapters 1-5, pp.10-81. 5/9 Chapters 6-9, pp. 82-131. 5/10 Proofs, pp. 1-65. Monster Skull Rolling and Other Native American Stories by Anita Larsen, illustrated by John Stadler (New York: Crowell, 1980). 5/11 Correspondence with editors, 26 items. 5/12 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks; notes on sources 4 pp.; front matter, pp i-viii; pp. 1-49. 6/1 Paste-up proof, pp iii-vi; pp. 1-90. 6/2 Proofs, labeled as first master set, minor corrections; front matter, 9 pp.; pp. 1-69. 6/3 Proofs, labeled as second master set, attached notes to typesetter; front matter, pp. i-vi; pp. 1-90. 6/4 Jacket blurb, 1 item. 6/5 Photocopied illustrations, 5 pp. Montezuma's Missing Treasure by Anita Larsen, illustrated by Pamela Johnson (New York: Crestwood House, 1992). 6/6 Typescript, edited, front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-43. Illustration list, 1 item. 6/7 Proofs, edited, dated 10/9/91; front matter, 4 pp.; pp. 4-48. Psychic Sleuths by Anita Larsen (New York: New Discovery, Macmillan, 1994). 6/8 Book proposal, 2 copies. 6/9 Correspondence with editors, publisher, and Lois Duncan,11 items. 6/10 Typescript, revision of chapter 1 based on letters from Lois Duncan, pp. 1-13. 6/11-6/12 Typescript, edited, 6/11 Front matter, 2 pp.; chapters 1-3, pp. 1-38. 6/12 Chapters 4-7, pp. 39-79. The Roanoke Missing Persons Case by Anita Larsen, illustrated by James Watling (New York: Crestwood House, 1992). 7/1 Correspondence with editor, 2 items. 7/2 Typescript, edited; front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-35. 7/3 Proofs, labeled as first set of photocopied proofs, edited with typesetter's marks; front matter, 4 pp.; pp. 5-48. 7/4 Proofs, minor corrections, front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-43. 7/5 Galley, pp. 32-33, 2 copies. The Rosenbergs by Anita Larsen, illustrated by Marcy Ramsey (New York: Crestwood House, 1992). 7/6 Typescript, edited; front matter, 6 pp.; pp. 5-48. 7/7 Illustration list, 2 pp. 7/8 Proofs, edited with typesetter's marks; front matter, 5 pp.; pp. 5-49. Some Feet Have Noses by Anita Larsen, drawings by April Peters Flory (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983). 7/9 Correspondence and notes about photographs, 6 items. 7/10-7/12 Photographs, 7/10 Contact sheets, 5 items; photos probably used for sketches, 25 items. 7/11 Photos used in book, 34 items. 7/12 Unused photos, 50 items. 8/1 Negatives, 7 items. 8/2 Inked footprints for illustration, 7 items. 8/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks; pp. 1-62. 8/4 Typed index and photo captions, 12 pp. 8/5 Lists of typesetter's revisions, 3 items. 8/6 Typesetter's materials, 3 items, 8/7 Proofs; front matter, 3 pp.; pp. 7-93. 8/8 Galleys, labeled as master set; front matter, index, and photo captions, 7 pp.; pp. 1-28. List of corrections for next revision, 1 item. 8/9 Galleys, labeled as first revise; front matter, index, and photo captions, 7 pp.; pp.1-28. True Crimes and How They Were Solved by Anita Larsen (New York: Scholastic, 1993). 8/10 Correspondence to publisher and editor, 10 items. 8/11 Research notes, 14 items. 8/12 Book proposal, original draft, 1 item; final draft, 2 copies. 9/1-9/3 Typescript, edited, 9/1 Introduction, 4 pp.; chapters 1-5, 45 pp. 9/2 Chapters 6-10, 79 pp. 9/3-9/5 Typescript, edited, 9/3 Front matter and introduction, 4 pp.; chapters 1-4, pp. 1-38. 9/4 Chapters 5-7, pp. 39-81. 9/5 Chapters 8-10, pp. 82-131. 9/6-9/8 Typescript, labeled as second draft, 9/6 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-47. 9/7 Chapters 6-7, pp. 48-82. 9/8 Chapters 8-10, pp. 83-118. 9/9 Proofs, minor corrections, dated 5/10/93; chapters 1-10, pp. 1-61.

C. Publisher's Promotional Materials

9/10 Promotional flyers, 2 items.

Processed: October 2, 1997
Revised: June 2001

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