de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.70 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory


Material was donated by Claudia Lewis from 1966-1988.


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

Claudia Louise Lewis was born on October 14, 1907 in Corvallis, Oregon. She received and bachelor's degree from Reed College in 1930 and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1943. She taught language arts, children's literature, and writing for children at the Bank Street College of Education in New York and taught many summer courses throughout the country. She received her Ph.D. in 1959 from Columbia University.

Ms. Lewis is most noted for her poetry. Much of her poems and story ideas have come from personal interests and her own childhood experiences. Her interest in the universe led her to write When I Go to the Moon (1961) and Poems for Earth and Space (1967). She has also contributed articles for educational and psychological journals because of her research in children's literature and social anthropology.


Scope and Content

The collection contains a variety of materials for four books including manuscripts, typescripts, layouts, galleys, correspondence, and reviews. The collection includes two books of poetry, Long Ago in Oregon (1987) and Poems of Earth and Space (1967), a picture book, The Strange Room (1964), and an instructional book, Writing for Young Children (1981). The titles are arranged in alphabetical order and within each title in the probable order in which they were created.

Like much of her work, Long Ago in Oregon, is a book of poems based on Ms. Lewis' childhood experiences growing up in Oregon. There is a typescript, two galleys, layouts with text and illustration paste-ups, folded and gathered sheets and four reviews of the book. The other poetry book, Poems of Earth and Space, was written because of her interest in astronomy. There are manuscripts for two of the poems featured in the book.

The Strange Room was the first book Ms. Lewis ever wrote. The dummy included in the collection is handwritten with sketches by Ms. Lewis. The story is a long humorous poem about a girl who pretends she can walk on the "ceiling" because the room is decorated upside down.

Writing for Young Children is an instructional book that teaches form, content, style, sound and rhythm in writing. It was first published in 1954 by Simon and Schuster. The 1981 version was issued only minor changes, newer title bibliography and an extra chapter discussing her writing after 25 years. There are handwritten changes to the bibliography, a typescript, and a galley for this title.

Related Collection

The Symeon Shimin Papers (DG0890)

Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1966-1988, 5 items.

B. Books

Long Ago in Oregon by Claudia Louise Lewis, illustrated by Joel Fontaine (New York: Harper & Row, 1987). 1/2 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks; pp 1-22. 1/3-1/5 Galleys, 1/3 Minor corrections, pp.1-21. 1/4 Minor corrections, pp.1-21. 1/5 Corrections to title page, table of contents and page numbering, 6 items. 1/6-1/11 Layouts with text and illustration paste-ups, 1/6 Front matter, pp. i-vii, and p.1, 1/7 pp. 2-11. 1/8 pp. 12-21. 1/9 pp. 22-31. 1/10 pp. 32-45. 1/11 pp. 46-55. 1/12 Folded and gathered sheets, 4 items. 1/13 Reviews, 2 pp. Poems for Earth and Space by Claudia Louise Lewis, illustrated by Symeon Shimin (New York: Dutton, 1967). 2/1 Manuscript for poem "How Strange It Is," 2 pp. Manuscript for poem "No Man on Any Moon," 1 p. The Strange Room by Claudia Louise Lewis, illustrated by Franz Altschuler (Chicago: Whitman, 1964). 2/2 Dummy, pp. 1-26. Writing for Young Children by Claudia Louise Lewis (Garden City: Doubleday, 1981). (First edition, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954). 2/3 Handwritten list of permissions used in text, 6 pp. 2/4 Handwritten list of changes to bibliography, 17 pp. 2/5 Typescript of bibliography, 17 pp. 2/6 Typescript, "revisions in the text," 5 pp. 2/7-2/9 Typescript, (portions are photocopied), 2/7 pp. 1-33. 2/8 pp. 34-93. 2/9 94-136. 2/10 Galley, pp. 1-167.

Processed: December 3,1997
Revised: June 2001

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