The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catologue is a flexible resource for academic researchers providing access in digital format to over 13,000 manuscript pages of transcriptions of mainly Scottish Gaelic folklore (primarily folktales as well as other materials) from the fieldwork of Calum Iain Maclean (1915-1960). The searchable catalogue was developed with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Calum Iain Maclean was one of Scotland’s most prolific folklore collectors, and the collection (consisting of over 4,000 items) is one of the most important extensive repositories of oral tradition to be gathered in western Europe.


Information for Researchers


Researchers can view the Collection’s private database from the Login page. This provides access to exclusive material including Maclean’s written transcriptions from wax cylinder field recordings, field diaries written in Irish and Scottish Gaelic and later transcriptions from audio-tape. A classification system including international classifications of all items is provided on the database and searches can be made in a variety of ways.



Collection Support


The work for the catalogue was carried out at the School of Scottish Studies in the Department of Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with University College, Dublin. Substantial support for the project from the UCD Delargy Centre for the Study of Folklore and the National Folklore Collection is gratefully acknowledged.