Connect with the Schools Collection of the 1930's
In 1937 the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, initiated a programme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history.
Approximately 740,000 pages (288,000 pages in the pupils’ original exercise books; 451,000 pages in bound volumes) of folklore and local tradition were compiled by around 50,000 pupils from 5,000 primary schools in the Irish Free State between 1937 and 1939.
The scheme resulted in the creation of over half a million manuscript pages, generally referred to as ‘Bailiúchán na Scoil’ or ‘The Schools’ Collection’.
The entire collection is currently being digitised and more information can be found on www.duchas.ie