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Australian Children's Folklore Collection

The Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street CARLTON Phone: (03) 8341 7111 Visit Website

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), housed in the Museum of Victoria, is Australia's only public archive of children's folklore.

It contains games, rhymes, jokes, riddles, superstitions and other kinds of child lore from the 1940s to the present. The collection includes photographs, audio and video tapes, documents, drawings, play artefacts and over 10,000 card files.

It contains specialist collections of children's lore, including the Dorothy Howard Collection and children's Museum Collection.

The ACFC is used for research purposes by scholars from a variety of disciplines and by writers, journalists and others interested in childhood and folklore.

It is a 'living' archive - it continues to grow and is open to the public. The Australian Children's Folklore Collection is an archive, it does not have a display space.

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