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Jan Brett Papers

Identifier: DG1096

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a dummy from The First Dog (1988). This picture book tells the story of a prehistoric boy and the relationship that he develops with a wolf.

There are seven self-published newsletters in a series titled "All About..." These eight page editions focus on one book, with insight into the writing process, background on the story line and illustrations, questions for discussion, and student activities. Brett shares with her readers notes on the real lives of her models, both two and four footed.

Greeting cards, with illustrations either drawn specifically for the card or from specific titles are included. For three titles, The Hat; The Mitten; and Town Mouse, Country Mouse, there are sets of masks. These full color die cut masks were sent out to teachers and have text from the story on the verso.

Cardboard promotional displays include a three dimensional hedgehog basket, an 11" standing bear, and a single-piece mobile display from Trouble with Trolls. This series also includes several signed posters that advertise books published between 1989 and 1992.


  • 1983-1987

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical / Historical

Jan Brett was born December 1, 1949 and grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts. She decided at a very young age that she wanted to be an artist, and spent many childhood hours drawing and reading. After studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she began a career illustrating greeting cards, textbooks, and menus. Brett illustrated her first book, Woodland Crossings, in 1978. Since then, Brett has gone on to write and/or illustrate around fifty books. She and her husband Joe enjoy traveling, which is where she gets most of her ideas for her books. She is a meticulous researcher, and studies the traditions, architecture, costumes, and cultures of the locations featured in her books while she is writing them.


Jan Brett, promotional material provided by J.G. Putnam & Sons, 1989-1995.

Lawlor, Julia. "Nest for a Children’s Author, Her Family and Her Flock." The New York Times. n.p., 24 Sept. 2009. Web. 15 Mar. 2017.


1.15 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was donated by Jan Brett from 1989 to 1997.
Jan Brett Papers
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Denise Rosenblatt
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This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001