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This fellowship program, established by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the Janina Domanska Literary Estate, and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, awards grants to scholars engaged in projects based substantially on the holdings of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.  



The purpose of this program is to encourage imaginative and productive research in children's literature and specifically to encourage and facilitate scholarly use of the resources of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi. This collection focuses on American and British children's literature, historical as well as contemporary. Original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators are a special emphasis of the Collection. In addition, more than 180,000 published volumes, dating from 1530 to the present and including more than 250 magazine titles, are contained in the Collection. Among the resources available for use are the original illustrations, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, dummies, preliminary sketches, photographs, and correspondence of award winning author/illustrators Ezra Jack Keats and Janina Domanska



Grants up to $1600 may be made to applicants of any discipline who engage in projects which require substantial use of the de Grummond Collection. Awards will be based upon the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the merits of the proposal submitted, and the appropriateness of the proposal to the resources of the de Grummond Collection. Preference will be given to projects which have a good likelihood of being published. Fellowship monies can be used for travel, lodging, and meals, and must be expended by May 31, 2024. 



Recipients will be requested to submit a short report of their research at the de Grummond Collection and will be obligated to provide the Collection with a copy of any publication that was made possible by the fellowship. Publications resulting in full or part from this support should include an acknowledgement of the Ezra Jack Keats/Janina Domanska de Grummond Collection Fellowship. 



Please see instructions and the application here. Email the completed application with corresponding documentation to Karlie Herndon by 11:59 p.m. on October 29, 2023. 

Karlie Herndon
de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
118 College Drive, #5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001


If you have further questions or comments, please contact us at: 601.266.4086.

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