de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
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University of Southern Mississippi


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.60 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Material was donated by Elisabeth MacIntyre from 1967-1969.

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
Elisabeth MacIntyre was born on November 1, 1916 in Sydney, Australia. As the result of a horse riding accident, she slowly became deaf at an early age. She attended the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School and was an art student at East Sydney Technical College. She worked at an advertising agency from 1937-1942 and began drawing pictures of Australian animals because she felt there was a need for Australian children to read books to which they could easily relate. During World War II, she was part of the Women's Land Army and picked apples. It was during this time that she received a letter from Scribner's accepting Ambrose Kangaroo (1942), her first book. The "Ambrose Kangaroo" series, which includes Ambrose Kangaroo Goes to Town (1964), was later adapted into a television cartoon for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

After writing and illustrating several children's books, "Documentary Strips" about Australian ways of life, and television cartoons, MacIntyre gave up illustrating because she did not make much of an income from her work. However, in 1973 she was awarded a fellowship from the Australian Government to resume her writing. Her first book after being awarded the fellowship was The Purple Mouse (1975) about a deaf girl. She now enjoys traveling to other countries where she remains for extended periods of time in order to experience various people and their customs.


Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, dummies, photographs, correspondence and galleys for two titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title.

Mr. Koala Bear (1954) is about two young koalas who mistakenly stay with Mr. Koala, whom they mistake for their uncle who lives downstairs. There are typescripts, two watercolor dummies, preliminary illustrations, watercolor and mylar color separations, and a proof negative for this title. There is also a watercolor dummy for The Affable, Amiable Bulldozer Man (1965) about how an ant saves the forest from being bulldozed to make room for a shopping center.

Series and Subseries

A. Books

Box Inventory


A. Books

     The Affable, Amiable Bulldozer Man written and illustrated by
     Elisabeth MacIntyre (New York: Knopf, 1965).

     1/1       Dummy with pasted text and watercolor illustrations, 1 item.

     Mr. Koala Bear written and illustrated by Elisabeth MacIntyre (New
     York: Scribner, 1954).

     1/2       Typescripts, 5 pp., 2 copies.

     1/3       Dummy, watercolor text and illustrations, 1 item.

     1/4       Dummy with pasted text and watercolor and colored pencil
               illustrations, 1 item.

     1/5       Preliminary illustrations, watercolor and ink, 4 items.

     1/6-2/4   Color separations,

     1/6            pp. 3-7, 19 items.

     1/7            pp. 8-11, 17 items.

     2/1            pp. 12-22, 39 items.     

     2/2            pp. 23-27, 20 items.          

     2/3            pp. 28-32 and dust jacket, 29 items.

     2/4            unused, with watercolor illustrations, 8 items.

     2/5       Proof negative, 1 item.

Processed: September 30, 1998
Revised: June 2001

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