Article titled 'Introduction to Dover Edition' by Dr Dorothy Howard and published by Dover Publications in 1964. The article is an introduction to Alice Bertha Gomme's two volume publication 'The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland with Tunes, Singing-Rhymes, and Methods of Playing According to the Variants Extant and Recorded in Different Parts of the Kingdom', which was originally published in 1894-1898. Gomme's publication functions as a dictionary of children's games from Britain's Victorian era and it was originally intended to form Part One of 'A Dictionary of British Folk-Lore', however this plan was never realised.

Dr Howard's introduction provides general background information on Gomme, her husband fellow British folklorist Sir George Laurence Gomme, and her contribution to the field of children's folklore. Dr Howard also offers analysis of Gomme's field research. She states that the listed games were described by adults reflecting on their childhood play rather than observed by Gomme, and therefore only represent a small, literate population of polite society. Dr Howard reflects on the changing social position of children in subsequent decades. She considered the increased visibility of children's play and growing academic interest in their activities. She concludes by remarking on the value and significance of Gomme's publication, which provides an extensive record of children's games and insight into human behaviour.

One of a collection of publications about children's folklore written by Dr Dorothy Howard. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. The original fieldwork she collected during this period is held in the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC) at Museum Victoria and includes index cards, letters and photographs.

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Article with typed black text printed on paper. Eight pages printed on one side only; two sheets have been folded in half to contain loose pages.

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