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University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: July 2017 to March 2022)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$315,000 (approved)
$230,595 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 9/30/2021

EBBA and the British Library: Making Popular Ballads of the Past more Present

The continued development of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) with the addition of 1,300 rare, pre-1701 printed ballads held at the British Library.  In addition, the project would catalog 905 tune titles and approximately 18,250 woodcut impressions, as well as enhance access to the existing ballad collection by providing faceted searching and other features to improve the user experience.

The Univ. of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch its penultimate, 7th phase of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), significantly expanding the archive with 1,300 rare ballads from the British Library, many unique. As always, EBBA will provide high-quality color facsimiles, text transcriptions, deep cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC, recordings, and informative essays. In this phase, we will also enhance our interface with 1) configurable, faceted searches; 2) user controls and MEI encoding of tune recordings and their transcriptions; and 3) sophisticated human cataloging of the ballads' illustrative woodcuts, matched by our existing image-association software. Additionally, we will develop a new section to support K-12 and undergraduate pedagogy, with class plans and interactive tools. EBBA will in the process widen access to these crucial cultural artifacts so that scholars, students and the general public can engage with them as text, data, art, and song.