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PW-51517-14Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraEBBA: Early Broadside Ballads at Houghton Library, Harvard University5/1/2014 - 5/31/2017$300,000.00Patricia Fumerton   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2014British LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30000003000000

The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images of more than 1,100 works of English broadside ballads 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 5th stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and include Harvard University's Houghton Library broadside ballads--1,137 works. Houghton 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 cataloging according to TEI/XML/MARC standards, song recordings, informative essays, flexible search functions, and an improved technological infrastructure to both automate and enhance human cataloging of ballad "groupings" that are visually and textually similar. An expanded EBBA will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, music, and collectors.