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Randolph Caldecott. We aren't responsible for their contents!
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The equivalent award in the UK is:
|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
|To give presentations on the life and art of Caldecott upon request.|
|The 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
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 www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html
Another site which lists recent medal-winners:
Christchurch Library, New Zealand
|Caldecott Family Genealogy
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
Useful websites for Genealogy studies
|Cyndi's List: www.cyndislist.com|
Huge and well-indexed database of over 130,000 links to genealogical
and family history websites worldwide. Includes useful info
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.
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|
|Genes Reunited, www.genesreunited.co.uk|
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
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: http://www.findagrave.com/|
Another Mormon facility, but useful. Randolph Caldecott's
grave is listed, thanks to the R C Soc of USA.
|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
caldecot* -medal -award -winner -newbery -honor
|For a newsgroup specifically on Caldecott Family Genealogy, see
higher on this page: click here.|
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 www.nal.vam.ac.uk/
|British Library, London, UK. Main website: www.bl.uk|
Online Catalogues: www.bl.uk/catalogues/listings.html
Main public catalogue of Books: http://blpc.bl.uk/
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
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: www.copac.ac.uk|
|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 www.austlit.edu.au/
|München Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Germany|
|Opie Collection, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK|
|National Children's Collection, Dorothy Neal White Collection and Susan
National Library of New Zealand
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
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
|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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