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A collection of resources related to folklore, both ‘folklore’ itself as a topic of study and specific folklores from individual locations.

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Digital Public Library of America

It’s a…digital public library and its collection is as broad as you might expect. The focus seems to be on American heritage items, and most of its partner institutions are American, though it other stuff available. Because libraries often have similar items, and this site aggregates from a number of general digital libraries, there are some duplicates of content. Link: https://dp.la/

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Folklore and Mythology

This is an electronic directory of folklore stories from around the world, divided by type classification. There are no searching or filtering options, however, and the stories are translations, though they do include bibliographies. Link:  https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

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Europeana

This resource catalogs things under the broad umbrella of European cultural heritage. There are texts, images, sounds, and videos in at least a dozen different languages. The search interface isn’t the most robust but it seems to have tons of manuscripts and assorted documents on, for example, the history of magic.   Link: https://www.europeana.eu/en

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Dúchas

An online database dedicated to digitizing the resources in the Irish National Folklore Collection. This includes folktales, manuscripts, folklore, images, and audio. Link: https://www.duchas.ie/en

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Encyclopedia Mythica

An encyclopedia of myth and folklore in general, it doesn’t focus on any single aspect or culture but instead covers as wide a range as possible. Philippine and Greek seem to be the biggest sections, though it has a number of categories for both myth and folklore. The articles draw from both primary and secondary sources, though the secondary sources appear to largely be titles in the public domain which is not a problem per se but worth noting if one is looking for current scholarship. Overall it seems like a good place to get started. Link: https://pantheon.org/

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Project Gutenberg

Similar to, though predating Wikisource by decades, Project Gutenberg is the original digital library of public domain eBooks. It is a community effort to digitize resources that are no longer in public domain and most texts are available for download in multiple formats. The focus in mainly on literature. Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/

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Archive.org

Similar to Wikisource, though with an exponentially wider scope, this site has the goal of collection everything in public domain, from text to audio, video, and software. It doesn’t have a specific topic and the search interface is questionable since it relies on metadata entered by users, but if you know the title of the work you’re looking for, it’s probably there. It’s a great resource for finding older works that have been digitized by university libraries. Link: https://archive.org/

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