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de Grummond Collection Receives Tasha Tudor Manuscripts, Memorabilia

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An example of material from the Tasha Tudor Bibliography Collection presented to The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, an illustration from "Hitty's Almanac" done by Tudor when she was 19. Tudor’s works include such internationally known titles as Mother Goose and 1 is One, both winners of Caldecott honors. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection has been chosen as the home for a collection of material produced by one of the most renowned children’s literature authors and illustrators in America.

The Tasha Tudor Bibliography Collection has been presented to the de Grummond Collection through the generosity of John and Priscilla Hare of New Hampshire and the C.E. and S. Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Tudor’s works include such internationally known titles as Mother Goose and 1 is One, both winners of Caldecott honors. 

The extensive collection has singular significance and value to the study of Tasha Tudor in particular and to children’s literature studies in general, said Dr. Carole Kiehl, Dean of University Libraries at Southern Miss.

“Without the interest and support of the C.E. and S. Foundation and an in-kind contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Hare themselves, this wonderful collection could not have come to Southern Miss,” Kiehl said. “We’re absolutely thrilled to add it to the de Grummond Collection.”

Built over many years by the Hares, the collection comprises more than 2,800 books, illustrations and photographs and an original manuscript of an unpublished work by Tudor. The collection is now available to researchers and others interested in learning more about Tudor’s contributions to the genre of children’s literature.

“We believe the de Grummond Collection, as one of the nation’s premier centers for the study of children’s literature, to be uniquely capable of the stewardship of this resource,” said Bruce Maza, executive director of the C.E. and S. Foundation. “We trust that de Grummond will encourage future generations of scholars of children’s literature to draw from the Hare Collection rich insights into Tasha Tudor’s remarkable creativity - in her art and in her life.

“The Foundation’s donor family also holds a fond hope that the scholarship that comes from the de Grummond Collection will inspire new generations of authors and artists to produce new expressions of children’s literature.” 

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection comprises original manuscripts, illustrations, and documents by more than 1,300 children’s authors and illustrators which illustrate the creative process involved in children and young adults’ literature. The manuscript collection is complemented by a book collection of more than 160,000 volumes, dating from 1530 to the present.

To support future acquisitions for the de Grummond Collection, charitable contributions can be made by contacting the USM Foundation at 601.266.5210. To learn more about the de Grummond Collection, online visit http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/