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PW-50005-08Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraRoxburghe Ballad Archive7/1/2008 - 6/30/2011$350,000.00Patricia Fumerton   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2008British LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

Digitizing images of 1,500 17th-century English ballads held by the British Library, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads, and incorporating them into an electronic archive.

The University of California-Santa Barbara is requesting critical NEH funding to launch an important second stage of its electronic English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and mount online the Roxburghe collection of mostly 17th century ballads?all 1,500 of them. The British Library has granted UCSB unprecedented permission to add its ballad collection to EBBA. The Roxburghe Ballad Archive (RBA) will provide high-quality digital facsimiles of the ballads as well as ?facsimile transcriptions,? which preserve the ballads? original ?look,? with all their ornament, while transcribing the black-letter font into easily readable roman type. In addition, we offer deep cataloguing according to strict TEI/XML standards, song recordings, informative essays, and flexible search functions. The RBA will come close to doubling the size and value of EBBA and will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, and music as well as the great collectors of the time.