de Grummond Collection

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.50 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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

Material was donated by Eugenia Stone in 1968.

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
Eugenia Stone was born in the mountains of Nevada in 1879, and was raised on the flat lands of Carson City. She was the daughter of William Hamilton, an attorney, and Cassiline Stone. Educated at universities in southern California, her first job was in teaching. Her freelance career began in 1920 and continued until her death at the age of 92.

Stone wrote several books under the name of Gene Stone. The deserts and wide open spaces of the American west were her subjects of choice for her first published books; Sage Brush Stories: Jane and the Owl, vol. l (1920) and The Adventures of Jane vol. ll (1921). Later this theme returns in Sagebrush Filly (1960). She also wrote books of historical fiction including, Robin Hood s Arrow, (1948), Page Boy Of Camelot (1972) (previously titled Page Boy for King Arthur (1949)), and Squire for King Arthur (1955). Life in London and the early American colonies are the subjects for Tall Sails for Jamestown (1967), and The Story of Thomas Jefferson (1922).


Scope and Content
The collection contains an edited typescript for Big Wheels Rolling, an edited typescript for Tall Sails for Jamestown and a notebook of hand written and typed notes. Big Wheels Rolling was based on stories from Eugenia Stone s mother. It is an account of a family s trip from St. Louis, Missouri, to Sacramento, California in the 1850's. Tall Sails from Jamestown is the detailed historical account of a wealthy and privileged young man, who seeks passage across the Atlantic. Set in the 1600's, the reader follows the boy through the poverty and roughness of a London port, to the new colony in Jamestown, Virginia.

A small, 3-ring binder contains research material used in at least three of Ms. Stone s Books; Squire for King Arthur, Page Boy for King Arthur, and Tall Sails to Jamestown. The material is handwritten, typewritten and sketched. The topics include King Arthur s court, England in the 1600's, and early New York. There are notes, and a reference bibliography.

Related Collections

The de Grummond Collection holds original art for Big Wheels Rolling by Lietta in The Helen Dowd (Lietta) Papers (DG 0616).

Series and Subseries

A. Books (1942-1967)

B. Notebook and Photograph (undated)

Box Inventory


A. Books

     Big Wheels Rolling by Eugenia Stone, illustrated by Lietta (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton
     Printers, 1942).

     1/1-1/5   Edited typescript,

     1/1            Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-52.

     1/2            Chapters 8-13, pp. 53-103. 

     1/3            Chapters 14-19, pp. 104-154.

     1/4            Chapters 20-25, pp. 155-200.

     1/5            Chapters 26-29, pp. 202-234.

     Tall Sails to Jamestown by Eugenia Stone (Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Co, 1967).

     1/6-1/9   Edited typescript,

     1/6            Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-44.

     1/7            Chapters 6 -10, pp. 45-96.

     1/8            Chapters 11-15, pp. 97-150. 

     1/9            Chapters 16-23, pp. 151-223.

B.  Notebook

     2/1-2/3   Contents of notebook, photocopied.
     2/1            King Arthur's Court notes,

     2/2            Notes from various sources, England.

     2/3            Assorted notes on various subjects
                    and sketches.

     2/4       Contents of notebook, original material.

C. Photograph          

     2/5       Autographed photo from Kathryn Novak
               Studios, Pasedena, California.

Processed: February 23, 1998
Revised: July 2001

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