The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection was founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond who taught children's literature in the School of Library Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is now one of North America's leading research centers in children's literature with a strong emphasis on American and British children's literature. The collection includes original scripts and illustrations of over 1,200 authors and illustrators and more than 100,000 books dating as early as 1530. The collection highlights include but are not limited to: Ezra Jack Keats, African American Collection, Fairy Tales and Folk tales, Fables, Mississippi Authors, and more. The de Grummond Collection is held at the University of Southern Mississippi as part of the Special Collections.
The link to the Southern Miss de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/