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PW-50602-10

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: 07/17/2009 to present)

English Broadside Ballad Archive

The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images from 1,100 English broadside ballads, mostly from the 17th century, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads.

The University of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important 3rd stage of its electronic English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and mount online the British Library's Bagford, Luttrell, Huth, and Osterley Park collections of mostly 17th century ballads, approx. 1,100 works. The BL has granted UCSB unprecedented permission to add its ballad holdings to EBBA. The expanded archive will provide high-quality digital facsimiles as well as facsimile transcriptions, which preserve the ballads' original look, with all their ornament, while transcribing the original font into easily readable roman type. In addition, we will offer deep cataloguing according to TEI/XML/MARC standards, song recordings, informative essays, flexible search functions, and an enhanced technological infrastructure. An expanded EBBA will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, and music as well as the great collectors of the time.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$315,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 6/30/2013