The Schools' Folklore Collection

Dating from 1937-39, this remarkable collection is the outcome of an innovative project supervised by the Irish Folklore Commission.

In conjunction with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, senior Primary School children recorded in excess of 750,000 pages of local history and oral tradition from across the 26 counties of the Irish Free State. This includes some 18,000 of the children’s original school exercise books. This collection has been digitized and is now available at

We ask that visitors contact us to make an appointment to view our collections.

‘Local Cures’, Schools’ Manuscript Fond
Schools' Collection Housed Copybooks
Schools' Collection sample copybooks