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Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: July 2015 to March 2021)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$260,000 (approved)
$259,029 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2019

EBBA: Rare Broadside Ballad Collections in the US and UK

The digitization and integration of 900 new images, and 1882 updated images, into an electronic archive of  17th-century English broadside ballads, along with accompanying text transcriptions of ballads and musical scores, recordings, and informational essays.  The project would also enhance website displays and add a range of analytical tools for computational analysis and visualized results.

The University of California at Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important 6th stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) to archive rare ballads from the Beinecke Library at Yale, Manchester Central Library, and Chetham's Library (900 ballads total). We also seek to update EBBA with 600 ppi color photographs of the 1st collection we archived, the Pepys Ballads (Cambridge). Each library has granted EBBA unprecedented archival permissions. Maintaining our acclaimed standards, we will provide high-quality facsimiles in various viewings, text transcriptions, deep cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC, recordings, and informative essays. In this stage, we will also add transcriptions of musical scores and update our website with a responsive design effective across displays and will add functionality for a range of computational analyses and visualized results. So expanded and enhanced, EBBA will widen access to these artifacts as text, song, art, and metadata.