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The Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens was established in 1918 by Nicolaos G. Politis as the "Folklore Archive". It became part of the Academy in 1926, when the Academy of Athens was established. It constitutes a National Documentation Centre for traditional and contemporary Greek Culture. It has a specialized library and a rich archive of unpublished material on all aspects of traditional Greek life and culture. Its activities include field researches, research projects, publications, conferences, exhibitions and other events. It provides academic support for museums and for cultural bodies in the provinces of Greece. It collaborates with other academic institutions in Greece and abroad.