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Number of volumes: 160,000+
Number of published volumes before 1860: 1,595
Number of magazine titles: 1,000+

Related to the original materials, the books in the de Grummond Collection are valuable resources for scholarly study and are accessible through the library's online catalog. Research may focus on first editions, prize-winning books, a specific publisher, comparison of various editions of the same work, or genre studies. Our holdings of children's books are supported by a growing collection of biographies, bibliographies, scholarly studies, and vertical file material.

The Collection contains examples of fables and tales, courtesy books, alphabets and nursery rhymes, primers and readers, grammars and schoolbooks, children's Bibles and religious books, folklore and fairy tales, almanacs, puzzles and riddles, sports and games, science fiction, fantasy, and fiction.

Historical as well as contemporary titles are included. The earliest books in the Collection are several editions of Aesop's Fables, the earliest published in 1530. All of the landmark books of children's literature are represented, with the emphasis on American and British works.

Classic folktales, fables and fairy tales are given special attention in the Collection as they continue to inspire new literary and artistic interpretations. Award-winning books are emphasized, as well as those reflecting the great diversity of culture, style and subject matter available in current literature for children.

Magazines for children cover both historical and contemporary periods. Periodicals are a unique resource used to trace the works of a particular author, to understand the reading interests and literary offerings of an historical period, and to appreciate the magazine as a literary art form. These periodicals date from 1788 to the present and include significant titles such as Aunt Judy's Magazine, Boy's Own Paper, Chatterbox, Demorest's Young America, Girl's Own Paper, Good Words for the Young, Harper's Young People, Juvenile Miscellany, Juvenile Magazine, The Little Corporal, Little Folks, The Monthly Packet, Oliver Optic's Magazine, St. Nicholas, The Union Jack, Wide Awake, and Youth's Companion.

 

 

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The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Box 5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-4349
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