University Libraries to Host Talk on the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery (LIB 105A), located next to Starbucks.

Special Collections at the University of Southern Mississippi preserves and makes accessible a number of significant collections relating to children’s literature. The de Grummond Collection, one of North Americas’ leading research centers in the field of children’s literature, contains over 160,000 children’s books and original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators. Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Collection, will discuss some of the materials in the book collection as well as materials and artists that have been awarded the Caldecott Award, an honor given to the year’s best picture book.

This talk is the second of three presentations on collecting areas in Special Collections at Southern Miss. The third will focus on the civil rights materials in the collection. All events are sponsored by Special Collections and The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County. These talks are made possible by the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute, conducted by the Mississippi Library Commission, and funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information about this talk or the lecture series, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.