Childlore and Games in the Irish Schools’ Collection


Barbara Lisa Hillers (Indiana University)

My contribution to the panel aims to sketch the background and context of the childlore contained in the Irish Schools' Collection of 1937-38. It is clear that the Irish Folklore Commission deliberately included child-centered topics, such as riddles, toys, "funny stories", and games in the list of topics the school children were to gather information on. As a result, an enormous amount of childlore is contained in the Schools' Collection and awaiting research.

Part of 12-07 "The Games I Play": Children's Games in 1930s Ireland, Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm