A. and Margret Rey
and Margret Rey were among the first authors and illustrators
to entrust their manuscripts and illustrations to
the Collection. In 1966 they sent two original drawings
from Curious George, accompanied by an illustrated
letter from H.A. to Lena de Grummond. That illustration,
showing George carrying his pictures and books to
Hattiesburg, was chosen for the cover of our award-winning
catalog for the Curious
George Comes to Hattiesburg: The Life and Work of
H. A. and Margret Rey exhibit which ran from
September 1999 - April, 2000.
Gifts continued over the next twenty years, when upon
Margret's death, their entire literary archive was
willed to the de Grummond Collection.
Recently, the Collection received an additional $50,000
gift from the H. A. and Margret Rey estate to provide support
for scholary work, research and preservation. The Rey Collection
contains complete sets of original drawings and color separations
for six Curious George titles and sketches for a
seventh. Dummies, color separations, and full color illustrations
are held for a number of other picture books including Tit
for Tat, Billy's Picture, Anybody at Home?,
Elizabite, See the Circus, Katy-No-Pocket,
and Zebrology. An interesting component of the holdings
are dummies and preliminary sketches for several unpublished
works including "Nonsense ABC," "La Rue: Decoupages a Colorer,"
and "O Vegetariano Convertido."
illustrated manuscript for Whiteblack the Penguin Sees
the World (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) was included in one
of their early contributions. In October 1999, it
was "rediscovered" by Anita Silvey, editor and
publisher of the Rey's works at Houghton Mifflin when she
Rey Collection has been processed as part of the de Grummond
Collection's third National Endowment for the Humanities
grant for 2001-2003. To
see their Finding Aid click here.