University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Lena de Grummond examining
a new arrival for the collection.
Dr. Warren Tracy, Dr. Lena de Grummond, Dr. Frances Ladner Spain, and Southern Miss President Dr. William D. McCain at the 1968 Children's Book Festival.
These original materials are supplemented by a book collection of more than 160,000 volumes of historical and contemporary children's literature and include Aesop's Fables that date back to 1530, a board game from 1790, more than 100 versions of the Cinderella story and the papers of popular young adult author, John Green. Researchers from across the United States, around the world and all disciplines at Southern Miss visit the collection on a regular basis to study its fables, fairy tales, folklore, alphabet books, nursery rhymes, textbooks, religious books, moral tales, fantasy, fiction, primers, and children's magazines. Complementing these holdings are scholarly studies, biographies, bibliographies, and critical works.
Dr. Lena de Grummond shares books from her collection with two children in this 1970s photo.