The Little Red Riding Hood Project
University of Southern Mississippi

Version 1.1, October 2005 (Version 1.0, December 1995)

Welcome to the Little Red Riding Hood Project, a text and image archive containing sixteen English versions of the fairy tale. The Little Red Riding Hoods presented here represent some of the more common varieties of the tale from the English-speaking world in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. The materials were drawn from the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. Special thanks are due to Dee Jones, former curator of the collection, for her assistance.

Begin viewing texts and images or images only now. For additional information about this archive, please read the remainder of this page.

The format follows that of the Cinderella Project, with a number of enhancements suggested by users. Diplomatic transcripts and initial HTML coding were prepared by a group of fifteen graduate students as part of the requirements for a course in Bibliography and Methods of Research taught by Michael N. Salda in the Department of English. The transcripts attempt to represent accurately all textual matter, including obvious typographical errors, of each story. We have not, however, transcribed extratextual matter such as captions appearing within illustrations (example), publishers' announcements (example), advertisements for other products appearing within the texts themselves (example), page headings, half-titles, and so on. Those interested in more than just the text proper of Little Red Riding Hood will want to examine the images for a better sense of the material aspects of each book.

The texts may be read horizontally (one version at a time, with the episodes in order--i.e., in normal reading mode) or vertically (one episode at a time, through all the versions--i.e., in a comparative mode). The default reading is horizontal. To read vertically, choose any link marked "[SWITCH]". To begin either type of reading, examine the archive inventory.

In addition to horizontal and vertical readings of these texts, a third dimension exists in the links to images of the pages. For these, choose any link marked "[PAGE]". It should be noted that the links have been inserted wherever page breaks exist in the original; thus, they occasionally fall in the middle of words. Blank pages have been included, though following a link to a blank page will return only a small image telling you that there is nothing on that page.

Finally, if you wish to display the images alone, you have the option to do so by choosing this images only link.

Please let us know what you think of the project by sending e-mail to

We welcome suggestions and will make other texts available if there is sufficient demand.

hese transcriptions and images are made available online free of charge for academic and private, non-commercial use, the only requirement being that you mention the title, "The Little Red Riding Hood Project," the editor, Michael N. Salda, the location of the resources, the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, and the URL of the homepage,, in any print or electronic medium that makes use of these materials.