de Grummond Collection

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University of Southern Mississippi


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.30 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Material received from Eve Merriam and Atheneum Publishers between 1966 and 1974.


Non-circulating; available for research.


This 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

Eve Meriam was born on July 19, 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1937), University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University. Merriam has lived most of her adult life in New York City. In the 1940s she worked as a copywriter, network radio writer, and writer and editor. She also conducted a radio program on modern poetry. Later she was a teacher at City College, New York and a public lecturer.

Merriam, a prolific and versatile writer, published her first book, Family Circle, in 1946; it is a collection of verse for adults. Her main interests are poetry, women in society, and exploring language through word origins. Her poetry has been translated into several languages, and she has also written several picture books. Although she prefers poetry as the best form of communication, she is also the author of several plays and has been very active in the theater since the early 1970s. In 1971, the play, Inner City, adapted from her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, opened on Broadway. She went on to direct plays in the 1980s as well as to continue to write fiction and verse. A member of the Author's Guild, Merriam has won several awards, including the Yale Younger Poets Prize for Family Circle, 1945; Collier's Star Fiction Award for Make Something Happen, 1949; the William Newman Poetry Award, 1957; and a CBS grant to write poetic drama, 1959.


Scope and Content

The collection contains a small amount of correspondence and material on eight book titles published between 1965 and 1968. The material for the books is arranged alphabetically by title; for each title the organization of the material reflects the probable order in which it was created.

The correspondence from Merriam to the de Grummond Collection identifies the material she sent. Also included are letters from publishers to Merriam and one to a typesetter describing the layout for "American Voices," which was an early title for Independent Voices (1968).

The collection holds edited typescripts for all eight titles. For Andy All Year Round: A Picture Book of Four Seasons and Five Senses (1967), a book for young children that helps them identify the seasons through their senses, the collection contains two edited typed drafts. For both Catch a Little Rhyme (1966), a collection of poems that is the third book in a trilogy for the primary child, and for Don't Think About a White Bear (1965), a picture book, the collection includes an edited typescript marked for the typesetter. Also in the collection is an edited typescript for Funny Town (1968), another picture book.

Independent Voices is a collection of verse commemorating distinguished Americans in history. The collection holds an edited typescript marked for the typesetter, a galley proofread by Merriam, a master galley, and a galley with page breaks for this title. It Doesn't Always Have To Rhyme (1966) is the second book in the children's trilogy that explores the essence of poetry. The collection includes a typescript of six of the poems, an edited typescript of all poems marked for the typesetter, a corrected galley, and reproduction proofs of the front matter and of "A Cliche" (a poem) for this title. Miss Tibbett's Typewriter (1966), the story of a typewriter in need of repair, is a letter exercise for children. For this title the collection has an edited typescript marked for the typesetter, a corrected galley, and two corrected galley proofs. For Small Fry (1965), another picture book about baby animals, the collection includes a typescript with editorial queries.

Related Collection


Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence, 1962-1974

B. Books, 1965-1968

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 To the de Grummond Collection, 1 item. From publishers to Merriam, 3 items. From Atheneum Publishers to typesetter, 1 item.

B. Books

ANDY ALL YEAR ROUND: A PICTURE BOOK OF FOUR SEASONS AND FIVE SENSES by Eve Merriam, pictures by Margo Hoff (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1967). 1/2 Typescript, edited, pp. 1-5. Typescript, edited, 7 pp. CATCH A LITTLE RHYME by Eve Merriam, pictures by Imero Gobbato (New York: Atheneum, 1966). 1/3 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, front matter, 4 pp., and pp. 1-32. DON'T THINK ABOUT A WHITE BEAR by Eve Merriam, illustrated by Murray Tinkelman (New York: Putnam, 1965). 1/4 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, pp. 1-6. FUNNY TOWN by Eve Merriam, illustrated by Evaline Ness (New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1965). 1/5 Typescript, edited, pp. 1-6. INDEPENDENT VOICES by Eve Merriam, drawings by Arvis Stewart (New York: Atheneum, 1968). 1/6 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, pp. 1-51. 1/7 Galley, proofread by Merriam, pp. 1-22. Master galley, pp. 1-22. 1/8 Galley with page breaks, front matter and pp. 1-79. IT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO RHYME by Eve Merriam, drawings by Malcolm Spooner (New York: Atheneum, 1966). 1/9 Typescript, edited, of 6 poems, 8 pp. Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, pp. 1-33; 1/10 pp. 34-74. 1/11 Galley, corrected, table of contents and pp. 1-18. Reproduction proofs, front matter and "A Cliche," 2 pp. MISS TIBBETT'S TYPEWRITER by Eve Merriam, drawings by Rick Schreiter (New York: Knopf, 1966). 1/12 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 5 pp. Galley, corrected, 8 November 1965, pp. 1-4 and typescript insert. Galley, corrected, December 1965, pp. 1-4. Galley, corrected, December 1965, pp. 1-4. Illustration, glossy proof, not in text. SMALL FRY by Eve Merriam, illustrated by Garry MacKenzie (New York: Knopf, 1965). 1/13 Typescript with editorial queries, pp. 1-6. Typescript, edited and revised, 15 September 1962, 6 pp.

Processed: February 1991
Revised: June 2001

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