The work of reviewing and updating Australian Folk Resources, undertaken as a joint project between the Australian Folklore Research Unit at Curtin University and the Australian Folklore Network, has now been completed and the results are presented here.

ARRANGEMENT

The entries are arranged alphabetically by institution and/or collector surname and, in most cases contain information about the scope of the collection, location and access.

DISAPPEARANCE OF COLLECTIONS

It became clear in conducting this project that a considerable number of the collections previously entrusted to libraries and other repositories around the country have been 'lost' since this survey was first undertaken in the 1980s. The disappearance of collections of Australia's folklore and folklife collections is obviously of considerable concern to folklorists and all involved with folk activities but is also a great loss for the record of Australia's cultural heritage. This situation inevitably raises the question of whether libraries would be so careless of collections deemed less 'trivial' than folklore.

Given the situation outlined above, researchers and others interested in accessing collections of Australian folklore and folklife are also referred to the original publications by the Australian Folk Trust for a full record of what was available in the 1980s, and where it was then. In the meantime the entries provided in this Register constitute the only available unified source of information on Australian folklore and folklife collections.

FURTHER ENTRIES

This Register is very much an evolving enterprise. We welcome new and additional entries and aim, over time, to build a comprehensive - and permanent - record of the nature and availability of Australian folklore collections. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Register can access an online template to record the information, which can then be emailed or posted to the Australian Folklore Research Unit, Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.

Institutions and individuals wishing to make additions or amendments to their existing entries in the register should email them to g.seal@exchange.curtin.edu.au Hopefully researchers will find the information in this Register of interest and value.

Graham Seal
Director Australian Folklore Research Unit
Convenor Australian Folklore Network




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