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 Norah Smaridge from 1969-1981.


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

Norah Smaridge was born on March 30, 1903 in England. She graduated with honors from the University of London in 1924 and continued to take classes at Columbia University and Hunter College in New York. From 1925-1935 she taught at New York's Marymount High School and Junior College. In 1937 she began working for the St. Anthony Press Guild in New Jersey as an advertising writer. Although she has written many children's books, she is also noted for her adult novels, poems, book notes, and translations. She also worked for the Catholic Weekly as the monthly columnist of "Book Nook."


Scope and Content

The collection contains typescripts, galleys and proofs for six titles. The titles are arranged in alphabetical order. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. Five of the books in the collection are informational books. Famous British Women Novelists (1967) and Famous Literary Teams for Young People (1977)both describe the lives and works of renowned authors. The March King (1969) is an illustrated book about composer John Phillips Sousa. There are typescripts for all three of these titles as well as galleys and proofs for Famous Literary Teams for Young People. The other two books, The Story of Cake (1978) and The World of Chocolate (1969), contain historical facts and recipes. Both of these titles have typescripts.

The only fiction book in the collection is The Secret of the Brownstone House (1977). The story is about Robin, a girl visiting New York City, who encounters runaways. There are typescripts, galleys, and four sets of proofs for this title.

Series and Subseries

A. Books

Box Inventory


A. Books

Famous British Women Novelists by Norah Smaridge (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1967). 1/1-1/2 Typescript, carbon copy, edited, 1/1 pp. 1-55. 1/2 pp. 56-112. Famous Literary Teams for Young People by Norah Smaridge (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1977). 1/3-1/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/3 pp. 1-60. 1/4 pp. 61-124. 1/5 Galleys, photocopied, minor corrections; pp. 1-80. 1/6 Proofs, minor corrections, 9 December 1976; pp. 1-145 and index 7 pp. The March King by Norah Smaridge, illustrated by Janet Palmer (New York: L. W. Singer, 1969). 1/7 Typescript, "final copy," photocopied and edited with typesetter's marks; pp. 1-48. The Secret of the Brownstone House by Norah Smaridge, illustrated by Michael Hampshire (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1977). 1/8-2/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/8 Chapters 1-9, pp. 1-52. 2/1 Chapters 10-20, pp. 53-106. 2/2 Galleys, "first rough," 11 April 1977; chapters 1-20, 69 pp. 2/3-2/5 Proofs, 2/3 "Customer's proof," 13 June 1977; chapters 1-20, pp. 5-128. 2/4 "Office corrections-author's alterations," 19 pp. 2/5 "Second photo proofs," 5 July 1977; chapters 1-20, pp. 5- 128. 2/6 "Customer's proof," 14 July 1977; front matter, 9 pp. The Story of Cake by Norah Smaridge (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1978). 2/7-2/8 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 2/7 Chapters 1-10, pp. 1-40. 2/8 Chapters 11-14 and index, pp. 41-80. The World of Chocolate by Norah Smaridge, illustrated by Don Lambo (New York: J. Messner, 1969). 2/9 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks; chapters 1-12 and index, 48 pp.

Processed: March 10, 1998
Revised: July 2001

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