Curtis Collection

Ref: MS 410

Title: Curtis Collection

Scope: A collection of documents, recordings, photographs and books relating to children’s games and songs created and assembled by Mavis Curtis

Dates: 1992-2006
Level: Fonds
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator: Mavis Curtis

Administrative / biographical history:

The collection consists of documents, sound and video recordings, photographs, and books and pamphlets relating to children’s games and songs, which have been created and assembled by Mavis Curtis in the course of her research. The majority of the material deals with research in schools in West Yorkshire, notably in the Keighley area, but there are also conference papers and fieldwork notes of more general scope.

Mavis Curtis studied for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, carrying out research into ‘Aspects of children’s oral tradition in Keighley, West Yorkshire’, and receiving her degree in 1998. She continued to work in this area as Research Associate in the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at Sheffield from 2000 to 2003, looking into ‘The effects of changes in the physical environment of the primary school on children’s games repertoire’.

In 2001, she published From Pise-Ball to Pokemon: Ingrow School 1901-2001, and also edited, along with Julia Bishop, Play today in the primary school playground: life, learning and creativity. In 2003, she was part of a multidisciplinary team undertaking research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s study of disabled children’s inclusion in play at school. Further research papers and conference presentations followed.

  • Related collections: Action Space Extended; National Play Collection
  • Source: Donated by Mavis Curtis in July 2009
  • System of arrangement: As received
  • Subjects: Games
  • Names: Curtis, Mavis, 1936-
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Outline listing