How to Use the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA)
This guide to using EBBA was one of several guides written for students by students working under the supervision of Dr. Kristen A. Bennett. These
how toresources for conducting digital, archival, and worldwide library research across topics in early modern English literature were created by undergraduate students in the Spring 2014, ENG 304 class,
Subversion and Scandal in Early Modern Print Culturewith the help of the Faculty Initiatives in Technology grant at Stonehill College. Dr. Bennett and her students kindly gave MoEML permission to republish their guides. Click here for guides to Early English Books Online, the Folger Digital Image Collection, Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Shakespeare Editions. To see the guides in their original context, along with other materials, visit the English 304 blog.
The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) was created in 2003 by director Patricia Fumerton. She was interested in developing a digital tool that would make broadside ballads1 more accessible to researchers. EBBA provides access to approximately ten thousand ballads, most of which were published during the seventeenth-century. Although EBBA prioritizes the black-letter ornamental broadside ballad, EBBA also archives hundreds of other texts from the sixteenth-century and early eighteenth-century as well. EBBA delivers high-quality ballad sheet facsimiles and transcriptions.2
- In the first half of the seventeenth century, the term broadside ballad referred to a popular poem, often set to the tune of a melody, that was printed on a single, large sheet of paper with multiple illustrations and an interesting title. To learn more about broadside ballads, see the
featurestab in EBBA.
- A facsimile transcription is something that maintains the original decoration of the text while still transforming the ballad into readable modern day language.