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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Materials were donated by Hazel Rochman in December, 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

Hazel Rochman was born in South Africa on April 13, 1938, to a Latvian Jewish family, who had fled anti-Semitic persecution in Eastern Europe. She was a child there during World War II. After the war, the pro-Nazi faction became the apartheid government and chose to persecute the black Africans rather than the Jews, and she was denied any contact with the blacks growing up around her. Additional information about this period in her life can be found in the Preface and Introduction in her book Against Borders (ALA, 1993).

Graduating with honors from the University of Witwatersrand, she worked as a journalist until 1963 when she and her family moved to England, where she taught high school English. In 1972, she moved to Chicago and earned a degree in Library Science. She eventually became a naturalized US citizen in 1982 and worked as a school librarian. Ms. Rochman is now an editor for the American Library Association (ALA) Booklist reviewing young adult literature and writes a monthly review column for Seseme Street Parents' Magazine.

Hazel Rochman was given the Children's Reading Round Table of Chicago Award in 1989 for her "long-term contributions" to children's literature. She has won several awards for her books, including the Best Books for Young Adults by the ALA for Somehow Tenderness Survives and Who Do You Think You Are? In 1994, her adult novel, Promoting Books for a Multicultural World won the ALA G. K. Hall Award for Library Literature.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence and typescript materials for two books by Hazel Rochman. Tales of Love and Terror was written as a teaching guide for librarians and educators who want to introduce students to classic novels in young adult literature through the use of booktalking. Ms. Rochman teaches how to actually talk children into reading classic books by offering a variety of topics or themes from which to choose, characters to whom they can relate, and situations or incidents all young adults face. Her book includes topics on how to select books for children, how to read aloud and keep an audience, and how to make classic books more interesting to young adults. The book was later produced as an instructional video by ALA. The collection contains edited typescripts and proofs for the book and also includes letters from A. R. Bowker Company, the firm originally chosen to publish the book.

Hazel Rochman's second book, Somehow Tenderness Survives, is a compilation of stories about South Africa and apartheid. She chose ten short stories and autobiographical accounts that she felt best described life in South Africa during this period. The nine racially diverse authors are all from South Africa and give accounts of their experiences with apartheid. This book was chosen as a Best Book for Young Adults by ALA and Pick of the Lists by the American Booksellers Association. The collection contains edited proofs and a jacket cover.


Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence (1984-1989)

B. Books (1987-1988)

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 Various correspondence, 1984-1989, 14 items.

B. Books

Tales of Love and Terror: Booktalking the Classics by Hazel Rochman (Chicago: American Library Association, 1987). 1/2 Preliminary typescript, 14 pp. 1/3 Typescript, outline for chapter 2; chapter 2, pp. 10-53, Typescript, chapter 3, pp. 2-14. Typescript, edited; chapter 4, 9 pp. 1/4 Typescript, original draft of preface. 1/5 Typescript, edited; front matter, chapters 1-3. 1/6 - 1/7 Typescript, labeled as "master first revision", edited; 1/6 Front matter, chapters 1-3. 1/7 Chapters 4-5. 1/8 Proofs, labeled as "ALA Duplicate", minor corrections; front matter, pp. 3-100, back matter. Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of Southern Africa selected by Hazel Rochman (New York: Harper & Row, 1988). 2/1 Typescript, edited for typesetter; front matter, photocopies of selected stories, pp. 7-67; back matter. 2/2 Correspondence, letters with queries from editors; responses from Hazel Rochman, 3 items. 2/3 - 2/4 Proofs, labeled as "master copy", edited, dated 3/14/88, 2/3 Front matter, pp. i-xii, 1-55; 2/4 Pp. 63-102. 2/5 - 2/6 Proofs, labeled as "master set second pass", dated 5/4/88; 2/5 Front matter, pp. i-xii, 1-46; 2/6 Pp. 47-145. 2/7 - 2/8 Proofs, minor corrections, dated 6/3/88; 2/7 Pp. i-xii, 1- 48; 2/8 Pp. 49-147. 2/9 Proofs, final revisions, dated 6/27/88; 22 pp. 2/10 Jacket cover.

Processed: September 13,1997
Revised: July 2001

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