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Folklore Society Publications (early modern)

The Folklore Society (FLS) was founded in London in 1878 to study traditional culture in all its forms. Its interest and expertise covers such topics as traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief. It is also interested in popular religion, traditional and regional food, folk medicine, children's folklore, traditional sayings, proverbs, rhymes and jingles.

The Library holds 43 volumes of the FLS Publications series, published between 1879-1946.  These volumes contain collections of old traditions, customs, sayings and folktales drawn mostly from regions of Britain and arranged thematically (e.g. Life & Death, Dragons, Dreams, Witchcraft, Charms & Spells, etc.) A number of titles, however, offer translations of European, American and African sources. Examples include: Jamaican Song and Story; Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories; Portuguese Folk-tales. Also held is an almost complete run of the FLS journal Folklore from 1890-1994 and complete sets of the journal’s previous incarnations as the Folk-lore Record (1878-1882) and the Folk-lore Journal (1883-1889).