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ELIZABETH BILLINGTON PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0090
1971-1984
3.15 cu.ft. (10 boxes)

Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory

Provenance
Material was donated by Elizabeth Billington from 1976-1984.

Restrictions
Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright
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, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch
Elizabeth Billington was born in New York, N.Y., and has been a full-time author since the publication of her first book, Adventure with Flowers in 1966. Her second book, Understanding Ecology (1968), concerned a similar topic. She didn't write another book until The Randolph Caldecott Treasury in 1978. Her next three books were novels for young readers about boys who struggle to understand themselves while coping with the move from an urban environment to a rural one.

Ms. Billington is an avid naturalist who leads ecology walks in her hometown of Larchmont, New York. She also gardens and writes a column on nature for her local newspaper. In addition, she tells stories to children at her local library.

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Scope and Content
The materials in the "Books" series are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The collection contains material for three books: The Move, Part-Time Boy, and The Randolph Caldecott Treasury.

In The Move, a novel for young readers, Tim and his family move from New York City to the suburbs. The collection holds correspondence and a typescript for this story. In Part-Time Boy, ten-year-old Jamie doesn't fit in at home or at school. The woman in charge of the school science center befriends him and invites him to spend the summer at her cabin in the woods, where he gains confidence in himself. For this title, the collection holds correspondence, several typescripts, a galley, two proofs, a dummy, and blues.

The Randolph Caldecott Treasury reproduces and annotates the paintings and drawings of this famous children's illustrator. Ms. Billington edited the book and wrote one of its prefatory essays. For this book, the collection contains numerous research materials, including correspondence with museums and knowledgeable individuals. Also, there are relevant articles, subject files, and a box of index cards with Ms. Billington's research notes. Following the research material, the collection holds photographs of Caldecott's illustrations and places associated with his life. Many of these photos were reproduced in the published book. Pre-publication material for this book includes several typescripts, a set of layout pages, and a set of folded and gathered sheets.

Related Collections

Series and Subseries

A. Subject Files (1973-1977)

B. Books (1971-1984)

C. Oversized Items


Box Inventory

  Box/Folder 

A.  Subject Files (1973-1977)

     1/1       Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1973-1977, 3
               items.

               Photographs of Elizabeth Billington, 2 prints and 2 negatives.


B. Books (1971-1984)
     
     The Move by Elizabeth Billington (New York: F. Warne, 1984).

     1/2       Correspondence, 1982-1983, 29 items.

     1/3       Revised pages, "final revision," chapters 1-13, 49 pp.

     1/4       "Sheets replaced by June '83 revision," 44 pp.

     1/5-1/6   Typescript, "final,"

     1/5            Chapters 1-8, pp. 1-69.

     1/6            Chapters 9-17, pp. 70-157.

     Part-Time Boy by Elizabeth Billington, illustrated by Diane de Groat (New
     York: F. Warne, 1980).

     2/1       Correspondence, 1974-1979, 16 items.

     2/2       Notes, 9 pp.

               Research material, 1 item.

               Photographs of Ms. Billington with a porcupine, 2 items.

     2/3       Readers' comments, 5 pp.

     2/4       Typescript, edited, chapters 1-7, pp. 1-59.

     2/5       Typescript, edited, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-74.

     2/6       Revised pages, 4 pp.

     2/7       Typescript, edited, chapters 1-11, pp. 1-88.

     2/8       Revised pages, 23 pp.

     2/9       Typescript, with typesetter's marks, chapters 1-11, pp. 1-89.

     2/10      Galley, "proofreading master"; front matter, 5 pp., and pp. 1-56.

     3/1       Proof, edited, "proofreading master"; front matter, 4 pp., and pp. 1-89.

     3/2       Proof, front matter, 4 pp., and pp. 1-89.

     3/3-3/4   Dummy, with pasted-up text and illustrations,

     3/3            Front matter, 6 pp., and chapters 1-5, pp. 1-39.

     3/4            Chapters 6-11, pp. 40-89.

     3/5       Blues, chapters 1-11, pp. 1-89.

     3/6       Blues, pp. 26-58.

     	       Blues, assorted chapters headings, 11 pp.

     3/7       Book jacket, 1 item.

     The Randolph Caldecott Treasury selected and edited by Elizabeth T. 
     Billington; with an appreciation by Maurice Sendak (New York: F. Warne, 1978).

     4/1       Correspondence, with publisher, 1972-1978, n.d., 38 items.

     4/2-7/4   Research materials,

     4/3-5/4   Correspondents, 

     4/3                 Caldecott, Dorothy and John Booth, 1975-1979, 34
                         items, and articles, 3 items. 

     4/4                 Chester Museum, 1973-1977, 12 items.

     4/5                 Children's Book Council, 1975-1977, 25 items.

     4/6-4/7             Hutchins, Michael, 

     4/6                      1971-1972, 17 items.

     4/7                      1973-1980, 28 items.

     4/8                 Knight-Smith, Lynn, 1974-1978, 19 items, and
                         photograph, 1 item.

     4/9                 Manchester City Art Gallery,

     			 Correspondence, 1976-1978, 10 items, 

     			 Notes, 2 pp.

     			 Typescript of article proposal, 9 pp.

     4/10                Miscellaneous, "A-K," 1972-1979, n.d., 68 items.

     4/11                Miscellaneous, "L-Z," 1971-1979, n.d., 41 items.

     5/1                 Osborne Collection, 1973-1976, n.d., 10 items.

     5/2-5/3             Reichert, Gwen, 

     5/2                      Correspondence, 1975-1978, 31 items.

     5/3		      Notes, 4 items.

     			      Research material, 4 items.

     		              Button, 1 item.
     
     		              Photographs, 2 items.

     5/4                 Victoria and Albert Museum, correspondence and notes,
                         1973-1976, n.d., 30 items.

     5/5-5/12  Articles and pamphlets,

     5/5                 "The Caldecott Medal" from The History of the Newberry
                         and Caldecott Medals, pp. 63-67.

     5/6                 "The Church of St. Martin of Tours, Chelsfield," 12 pp.

     5/7                 Copy of The Horn Book Magazine, vol. 22, March-April
                         1946, pp. 97-129 (issue devoted to Caldecott and Kate
                         Greenaway).

     5/8                 "An Illustrated History of St. Oswald's Malpas," 3 copies,
                         60 pp.

     5/9                 "Illustrators of Children's Books in Nineteenth Century
                         England," 14 pp.

     5/10                "Randolph Caldecott," by William Clough in Manchester
                         Quarterly, July 1886, pp. 197-210.

     5/11                "Randolph Caldecott," by Frederick Laws, pp. 61-83.

     5/12                "Randolph Caldecott," by Bertha Mahony Miller, in The
                            Horn Book, July-August 1938, pp. 218-223.

     6/1-7/4   Subject Files,

     6/1                 Bloomsbury, booklet, c. 36 pp.

     6/2-6/5             Caldecott, Randolph,

     6/2-6/3                  Biographical information,

     6/2                           Correspondence, 1976-1978, 18 items.

     			           Notes, 7 pp.

     6/3			   Primary sources, copies, 16 items. 

     			           Articles, 14 pp.

     				   Photocopy of Caldecott's self-portrait, 1 
     			           item.

     6/4                      Prints of Caldecott's illustrations,

     			      Greeting cards, 7 items.

     			      Fliers, 6 items.

     			      Calendar, 1 item. 

     6/5                      Letters written by Caldecott, photocopies, 1864-
                              1889, 20 items.

     6/6                      Gravesite, St. Augustine, Florida,

     			      Correspondence, 1971-1976, 29 items.

     			      Research material, 5 items.

     6/7                 Chester, England, 

     		         Notes, 40 pp.

                         Brochures, maps and book, 6 items.

     --                       Prints, 2 items [Oversized removed to series C. 
                              Oversized Items].

     6/9                 Eskimo art, prints on postcards and article, 4 items.

     7/1                 Miscellaneous, 4 items.

     7/2-7/3             Notes, 

     7/2                      22 pp. 

     7/3                      1 notebook.

     7/4                 Woodblocks, 

                         Notes, 10 pp.

                         Booklet, 13 pp.

     --        Blank woodblock, 1 item [removed to series C. 
               Oversized Items].

     --        Research notes on index cards, c. 250 items [removed to
               series C.  Oversized Items].

     7/5-8/2   Photographs (many used in production of The Randolph Caldecott
               Treasury),

     7/5-7/12        Photographs of Caldecott's illustrations and paintings,

     7/5                 "Baron Bruno," 4 photographs.

     7/6                 "The Character of Dog," 6 photographs.

     7/7                 "Fine Lady on a White Horse," 2 photographs.

     7/8                 "Fox Hunting: By a Man in a Round Hat," 10
                         photographs.

     7/9                 "The Milkmaid," 2 photographs.

     7/10                Miscellaneous, 12 photographs.

     7/11                "Negroes Loading Cotton Bales," 2 photographs.

     7/12                Unused drawings for Queen of Hearts, 3 photographs.

     7/13-7/18      Subject-related photographs, 

     7/13                Caldecott medal, 1 photograph.

     7/14                Caldecott, Randolph, 2 photographs.

     7/15                Evergreen Cemetery, 8 photographs.

     7/16                Kensington, 3 photographs.

     7/17                Miscellaneous, 8 photographs.

     7/18                St. Paul's Memorial Tablet, 1 photograph.

     7/19-8/1            Whitchurch, Galop, England,

     7/19                     19 photographs.

     7/20                     16 photographs.

     7/21                     4 postcards.
     
     8/1                      Caldecott Library, 2 photographs.

     8/2            Negatives, 10 items.

     --             Slides, 53 items [removed to series C.  Oversized Items].
          
     8/3-8/4   Exhibit materials, 

     8/3            Photographs, 12 items.

     8/4            Mounted prints of Caldecott illustrations, 7 items.

     8/5-9/10  Pre-publication materials,

     8/5            Typescript, "Randolph Caldecott: An Appreciation" by Maurice
                    Sendak, 8 pp.

     8/6-8/9        Forward, "A Quest for Caldecott,"

     8/6                 Typescript, edited, pp. 1-45.

     8/7                 Typescript, pp. 1-45.

     8/8                 Typescript pages, illustration captions, 12 pp.

     8/9                 Illustrations, photocopied, 13 pp.

     8/10-8/13      Main text,

     8/10                Typescript, edited, 27 pp.

     8/11                Typescript pages, 17 pp.

     8/12                Galley and proof pages, photocopies, 9 pp.

     8/13                Illustrations, photocopies, 7 pp.

     8/14-8/15      Illustration captions,

     8/14                Notes, memos and edited typescript pages, 35 pp.
     
     8/15                Typescript, 21 pp.

     8/16           Storyboard layouts, 4 pp.

     9/1-9/6        Layouts, with pasted-up text and illustrations,

     9/1                 pp. 1-35.

     9/2                 pp. 36-79.

     9/3                 pp. 80-125.

     9/4                 pp. 126-175.

     9/5                 pp. 176-223.

     9/6                 pp. 224-288.

     9/7-9/9        Folded and gathered sheets,

     9/7                 pp. 1-96.

     9/8                 pp. 97-192.

     9/9                 pp. 193-288.

     9/10           "Back jacket design" (?), 1 item.

     9/11      Article, 1 item. 


C.  Oversized Items

     9/12      Prints, 2 items [Removed from series B.  Books -- The Randolph 
  	       Caldecott Treasury -- Research material   Subject Files
	       Chester, England].

     10        Woodblock [Removed from series B.  Books -- The Randolph 
               Caldecott Treasury -- Research Materials   Subject Files].

               Research notes, c. 250 items [Removed from series B.  Books --
	       The Randolph Caldecott Treasury -- Research Materials]. 

     	       Slides, 53 items [Removed from series B.  Books -- The
	       Randolph Caldecott Treasury -- Photographs]. 



Processed: August 1998
Revised: June 2001

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