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Here are various web sites which provide other information about Randolph Caldecott.  We aren't responsible for their contents!

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Randolph Caldecott Society of America
(Click here to see Purposes):
To bring together those people who are dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation and promotion of English Illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) and his art.
To serve as a lay caretaker of Caldecott's grave in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida.
To maintain a floral tribute on the grave.
To donate the annual Caldecott Medal-winning book, along with the winning Honor book(s), to the local Public Library's "Randolph Caldecott Children's Room".
To produce and distribute a brochure, and establish and maintain a website, about Caldecott.
To award an Honorary Membership to a person who has exhibited support of the society and who promotes and collects the works of Caldecott.
To give presentations on the life and art of Caldecott upon request.


Click here to see larger Randolph Caldecott MedalThe Caldecott Medal

This medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children" produced in that year.  It was established in 1938 by Frederic G. Melcher, chairman of the board of the R. R. Bowker Publishing Company and Editor of Publishers Weekly.
The front of the medal is of John Gilpin, and the back is of the man carrying the pie baked with the blackbirds from "Sing a Song for Sixpence".
For more info, click here or visit

Another site which lists recent medal-winners: Christchurch Library, New Zealand

The equivalent award in the UK is:
The Kate Greenaway Medal
For details, see


Caldecott Family Genealogy (in
A Newsgroup website for those seeking or exchanging information about Randolph Caldecott and other Caldecotts too.  (For Randolph's Family Tree, and how to get your own copy, see our "Services" page.)

There is plenty of general advice for newcomers to Genealogy, in the websites listed below.  Other important formal records, not necessarily available on the Internet, are:
Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Wills.  These are all informative - Wills in particular are useful because close relatives are often named as beneficiaries.
Census records.  These also provide useful snapshots, at 10-yearly intervals, of who is living where, and who else is with them: family members and (in Victorian days) any household staff too.

There are various books and magazines to help aspiring Genealogists.  Our Researcher recommends:
"The World we have Lost" by Peter Laslett (paperback, 376 pp, publ by Routledge, Dec 1983, ISBN 0415029759; or hardcover, 400pp, publ by Methuen, Dec 1983, ISBN 0416353401):  most interesting and informative.

    Useful websites for Genealogy studies

Cyndi's List:
Huge and well-indexed database of over 130,000 links to genealogical and family history websites worldwide.  Includes useful info for beginners.
Provides info about genealogical data sources for the UK and Ireland, but is primarily geographically-based.  For our Caldecott family, look up "Cheshire" and then search the index by name.
International directory of useful websites, plus how to exchange information with other researchers via relevant chat boards.  Includes:
WorldConnect (free database with 330 Million records):
RootsWeb Surname List, RSL (over 1 Million surnames):
FreeBMD, a database of the England & Wales Index of UK Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837, being transcribed by volunteers.  Incomplete but at April 2004 had over 78 Million records:
Gives info about official UK Government sources of family records, and where in the UK to go (or write) to find them.  This includes, for the UK,
Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Census Records.
Genes Reunited,
This site, a derivative of the popular "Friends Reunited", has rapidly become a valuable site for family history researchers.  It can be searched for free, but if you want to post a query or send a reply to an existing query, you need to become a member.  Membership costs GB£9.50 per year.
New in 2002, this site is "for anybody researching UK genealogy, family or local history. 50,000 counties, towns, villages and hamlets with contact boards, surname lists and links to the exact location on old maps and modern maps."  Anybody offering help or with just a passing interest does not need to pay a penny but anybody who wants help or is an enthusiast can join to get "green" mailboxes.  Full membership costs GB£5 or US$8 per year but free users are welcome.
Offers "Legacy" software, a basic version free or a Deluxe edition (US$19.95 at 4/2004) which provides a way of storing genealogical data in a standard (.GED) format, and displaying it in various ways.  Claims to provide more features than PAF (see next paragraph).
This site is run by the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) church, but includes numerous genealogical records for people who had no connection with Mormonism.  It also offers free software, including "Personal Ancestral File" (PAF).  Their "International Genealogical Index" holds records of over 200 million names.
Find a Grave
Another Mormon facility, but useful.  Randolph Caldecott's grave is listed, thanks to the R C Soc of USA.

Newsgroups and Discussions

To search in these, we recommend "Google Groups":
If you search for "Caldecott", you will find several thousand entries, most of which are discussing Caldecott Medal winners.  To exclude these, use the following search string:
caldecot* -medal -award -winner -newbery -honor
The most useful Newsgroup is likely to be
so you can restrict the search to this by using this search string:
caldecot* -medal -award -winner -newbery -honor group:rec.arts.books.childrens
For a newsgroup specifically on Caldecott Family Genealogy, see higher on this page:  click here.



CHILDE (Children’s Historical Literature Disseminated throughout Europe) Project:
The Children's Literature Web Guide
"A history of the Toy Book : the aesthetic, creative and technological aspects".  PhD Thesis by Tomoko Masaki at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK, 2000 (3 volumes). (University of Wales)

LEE, Frances 
The diverting history of Randolph Caldecott and the Caldecott Medal 
Thesis: (M.Sc.Econ.) - University of Wales 1997 
[The web-page containing an Index of Theses was publicly accessible until some time in 2002 at:
but this access has since been withdrawn, and this particular Thesis is no longer found by their search Engine.]

Claire Gatrell Stephens (Orlando, Florida USA, June 2000)

Libraries and other Public Collections

These Libraries' Websites mention one or more works by Randolph Caldecott which they hold.  But before attempting to visit in person, check with them what permission or advance notice is needed and what evidence of identity you will have to produce.

National Art Library, part of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (but at a different address)
Their Online Catalogue is at
Search for "Caldecott" and there are over 130 records for Randolph (and some for at least 3 other Caldecotts).
But, as far as we can see, these records do not include the items in the V&A's Print Room.
For more about NAL, see
British Library, London, UK.  Main website:
Online Catalogues:
Main public catalogue of Books:
Go to this site, click the square marked "Search"; in the "Author" box enter "Caldecott Randolph" (surname must be first); click the button marked "All material" then click "Submit Search" which should show 69 items.
Note:  although the British Library has exhibitions and permanent galleries open to the public, special permission has to be obtained for access to their huge collection of books, many of which are not held at the London site.   Permission is usually only granted to researchers who can show that the item they wish to see is not available elsewhere.
COPAC: the online catalogue of 24 major University research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.  Main website:
Toronto, Canada, Public Library
This Library holds the "Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books", including over 60 books illustrated by Randolph Caldecott.  For details, visit
All the books are included in the Library's Online Catalogue.  A link to it is on the page whose URL is given above.
Lu Rees Archives, University of Canberra, Australia
See also the Australian literature gateway at
München Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Germany
Opie Collection, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK
National Children's Collection, Dorothy Neal White Collection and Susan Price Collection,
National Library of New Zealand
Click for larger version of DishRanAway.jpg (8.5kB)Devon, England, Library and Information Services, Local Studies Service
Holds a copy of "The hey diddle diddle picture book, 1883".
The Mrs. Evan Noyes Collection of Children's Books at Indiana Purdue University, USA
Holds a copy of "R. Caldecott's Picture Book No. 2".
Library of Congress, USA
We could only find 35 records of Randolph Caldecott's books in their database, and could not find some known American editions.  We found the best of their Search categories was "Author/Creator Sorted by Title" with the search item entered as "caldecott, randolph, 1846-1886".

See also information on our "Where" page about the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum Collections, London, UK, neither of which yet have all their Caldecott items on lists accessible via the Internet.

Brief Biographies of R C on the Internet


Excellent Japanese site (with versions in Japanese and English):
This site even plays the tune as you read the nursery rhyme and view Randolph's illustrations!
Biography of Randolph Caldecott in French:
Alliance of Literary Societies, UK
The Randolph Caldecott Society UK is a member organisation of this.
Web site:
Children's Books History Society, UK
For information about this, see
A briefer summary is at
Imaginative Book Illustration Society, UK
For information, email Robin Greer:

For books about Randolph Caldecott, see our "Find out more" page.


North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales.  This is (at 2004) the only College in the UK which offers a Course specifically on Children's Book Illustration.  Our Society is therefore happy to fund the "Caldecott Prize" each year for particularly promising work by a student at this College.  (For work by prizewinners, see our "Named after" page.)
Asbjorn Lonvig.  Modern Danish artist & children's illustrator.  His website (in up to 8 languages) includes a Links page with lots of links to other sites about art and artists.

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