Our major collection of black letter broadside ballads, part of the Euing Collection, has been digitised and made available online. Broadsides can be described as a single sheet of paper printed on one side. The Euing ballads date from the 16th and 17th centuries, during which time the ‘black letter’ or Gothic script ballad was popular.
The English Broadside Ballad Archive, which is hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara, has added this extensive collection to its digital archive, which also hosts ballads from other major research collections. The ballads are now searchable by a variety of access points: bibliographical (eg: title, author); tune title; and woodcut image. Each record features an image of the broadside, which can be viewed at full size. To view all the Euing Ballads which are available on the website, the collection search within the advanced search option offers Euing as an option in its drop down menu.
This online archive makes the collection more readily accessible to the wider scholarly community and offers a useful resource for researchers. The ballads are not currently available on the rare books search and are otherwise only searchable in Special Collections using The Euing Collection of English broadside ballads in the Library of the University of Glasgow, a comprehensive volume which features facsimiles of the ballads. A copy is available in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Further resources on broadside ballads held in Special Collections are available on the Broadsides Collection page.
(Thanks to the University Photo Unit, who provided the high-resolution images for the project.)
Categories: Special Collections