Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra
Jack Keats Archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts,
sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books
written and/or illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Also included
are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence,
fan mail and artwork from children, photographs and childhood
memorabilia. Complementing the artwork created for children's
books are numerous examples of his easel art, dating back
to his high school years.
The Ezra Jack Keats Virtual Exhibit highlights original materials
from seven titles featuring the character, Peter, who first
appeared in 1962 with the publication of The Snowy Day. The
materials are part of the Ezra Jack Keats Papers housed in
the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University
of Southern Mississippi.
For each of the seven titles, the web site includes an annotation,
a finding aid, and original materials such as corrected typescripts,
storyboards, and sketches.
photograph from the May 13, 1940 issue of Life magazine
of a small boy from rural Georgia was the inspiration for
the character of Peter.
This site created and maintained
by Mary H. Hamilton at The
University of Southern Mississippi
Contact: Dee Jones
(Dee.Jones@usm.edu), Curator, de Grummond Collection
Revised: July 13, 2000
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