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National Folklore Collection

The National Folklore Collection / Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann at University College Dublin is home to one of the world's largest collections of oral history and ethnological material. It is recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history, and inscribed in 2017 to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Visitors are invited to explore the large selection of books, manuscripts, audio recordings, videos and photographs, drawings and paintings dealing with Irish life, folk history and culture. It also documents the history of field recordings, displaying early sound recording equipment.

The specialist library contains books, periodicals and off-prints on Irish and comparative folklore, ethnology and related fields. A range of finding aids will assist researchers in locating information about a particular subject, or material contributed by any of the many thousands of storytellers, collectors and correspondents over the years. New material continues to be added.

The collection is located on the ground floor of the Belfield Campus, Newman Building, and is open to the public. Tours are by arrangement. Check the website for Podcasts. Researchers and visitors need to make an appointment in advance when looking to consult the collections.

The Dúchas Project
The objective of the project is to initiate the digitization of the National Folklore Collection (NFC) so that the public has online access to material from the Collection and a system is available for NFC to which other material can be added in the future.

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