Note: The Crockett Johnson Homepage is an archived site. External links often do not work. If you want to see where they once led, try copying the links and entering them into The Wayback Machine. Likewise, the text below is neither current nor being updated.
In the spirit of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, I decided to archive the site simply to preserve its history — a different era of the web, when we (well, most of us) were using it to learn things, share information, and connect with like-minded people. The Crockett Johnson Homepage also offers a glimpse into my quest to write the biography of Crockett Johnson — which ultimately became a double-biography of Johnson and Ruth Krauss (published 2012). So many people happened upon the website, and shared what they knew. Cartoonist/screenwriter Daniel Clowes, Johnson’s nephew Harold Frank, cartoonist Chris Ware, and scores of other generous folks contributed in large ways and small.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the past, my (then) work-in-progress, and (of course!) the life and works of Crockett Johnson.
— Philip Nel, 1 Feb. 2022
About the Crockett Johnson Homepage
I began the Crockett Johnson Homepage in July of 1998 because I was surprised that no sites had been devoted to Johnson, and sought, in my own small way, to correct this omission. There were and are other pages that mention Johnson (especially his Harold and the Purple Crayon), but not a single comprehensive website. This site aspires to be a comprehensive, virtual museum and I invite visitors to lend a hand by telling me about anything I may have missed. I have also written a biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, and am glad that those who knew them have been kind enough to email, write to, and talk with me about their lives.
Indeed, the page thanks visitors for their help thus far: without such generous contributors, information about — and images of — the “Carrot Seed” song, the Barnaby Quarterly and other items would not be here. If you have information to contribute or are willing to loan, sell, or donate something, I’d be grateful. However, before emailing, I ask that you please read the FAQ
and consult the Site Map. Thanks.
This is an unofficial, nonbusiness, not-for-profit site. It has no affiliation with HarperCollins, the Shoe String Press, Wood Knapp Video, the estates of Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) and Ruth Krauss (1901-1993), or any of their representatives. As an educational site, the Crockett Johnson Homepage strives to avoid copyright infringement by remaining within the guidelines for “fair use.”
For more information, please read the Disclaimer.
I hope that this site will promote interest in Crockett Johnson and will serve as a guide for readers, scholars, teachers, and fans of all ages.
To first-time visitors: If questions, please turn to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
To all visitors: Enjoy your visit!
All of Johnson’s text and artwork is © by the Ruth Krauss Foundation. The rest of these pages are © 1998-2022 by Philip Nel.