Typed letter composed by Doug McDonell, newly appointed principal of the Secondary Teachers' College, addressed to Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 Sep 1958. McDonell thanks Dr Howard for her letter and article on Australian hopscotch. He discusses Emeritus Professor of Education, George Brownes' replacement Professor Frederick and mentions that Dr Wyeth has remarried and is now working in America at San Fernando State College. McDonell writes that Fulbright exchange teachers Paul and Louise Fiess, friends of Jack Cramer, are visiting with their daughter Victoria. He mentions his brother Alex has been recently appointed the role of Assistant Director of the State Education Department and has a good chance of becoming the Director following the retirement of General Ramsay in March 1960. McDonell continues with a discussion of the Secondary Teachers' College growing enrolment numbers, launch of new programs and the new premises. He notes that Margaret Lyttle has become a folklore enthusiast, citing several of Dr Howard's papers at the Victorian Folklore Society meetings. He concludes with a hope to see Dr Howard during her next Australian trip in 1960, writing that Clair and Don send their regards.

One of a collection of letters written to and from children's Folklorist Dr Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1995. 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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Typed letter in black ink on paper. Signature in blue ink on bottom right corner of page. Several handwritten annotations in blue ink throughout text. Text printed on one side only.

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