On June 10, the Curious George Collection arrived back in Hattiesburg to its home at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection after a two-year journey in Japan. On June 11, the process of opening the crates and examining the collection began.
In August of 2017, the collection, which includes original illustrations and manuscripts by creators H.A and Margret Rey, debuted at the first exhibit site in Tokyo. Over the two-year period, the exhibit traveled to six different cities, covering every geographic area in Japan and welcomed more than 149,000 visitors.
University Libraries’ de Grummond Collection holds the literary estate of H.A. and Margret Rey, curators of Curious George. Dr. Lena de Grummond, a former professor of library science at USM, accomplished her goal of collecting original materials from authors and illustrators of children’s books to use as resources for students by sending handwritten letters to authors and illustrators, including H.A. and Margret Rey. Through her correspondence, she was able to develop relationships on a personal level. Correspondence often included hand-drawn images, which made the letters even more personal. The image associated with Go George Go! was hand-drawn on a letter from H.A and Margret Rey to Dr. de Grummond.
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