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PW-269273-20

Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Early English Broadside Ballads (EBBA): Local and Global

The continued development of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), with the addition of 1,178 pre-1701 printed ballad sheets from 101 institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In addition, the applicant would catalog 923 tune titles and approximately 18,200 woodcut impressions and would enhance access to the entire ballad collection through the project’s new website, EBBA 4.0.

The University of California at Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch the vital 8th and final stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) to include the 1,178 extant but as-yet-unarchived pre-1701 English broadside ballads held at 101 institutions across the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. We have reviewed the largest collections on site at 15 institutions and have procured agreements from all to include their 850 items in EBBA. This signals great enthusiasm that we anticipate will extend to the remaining institutions with smaller holdings. Keeping to EBBA standards, we will provide high-quality facsimiles and transcriptions of the ballads, granular cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC (and now MEI), recordings, visual aids, and informative essays. Finally, we will launch our new website, EBBA 4.0, which will enhance user access to ballads as texts, music, and art.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023