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Finding Aid for the Collection of Broadside Ballads from England, Ireland, and the United States, 1798-1899
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Broadside Ballads from England, Ireland, and the United States
    Date (inclusive): 1798-1899
    Collection number: 605
    Extent: 10 boxes (5 lf.) 1 flat box
    Abstract: Broadside ballads provided lyrics to popular songs, and were sold cheaply on individual sheets of paper. This collection contains approximately 2,000 English, Irish, and American broadsides from the nineteenth century.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    This collection was originally processed at the series level. Beginning in 2005, this collection was re-processed using the country of publication as the series level. English and Irish ballads were then itemized; American ballads were described primarily at the folder level.
    This collection was processed in the Center for Primary Research and Training from 2005 to 2007 by Andrea Jones, Helen McManus, Melissa Sodeman, with assistance from Laurel McPhee.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Broadside Ballads from England, Ireland, and the United States (Collection Number 605). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    History

    Broadside ballads provided lyrics to popular songs, and were sold cheaply on individual sheets of paper. While the lyrics were often new, the tunes would have been familiar to all. As a widely circulating form of popular literature, ballads can be a useful resource for the study of the history of literacy and can also be of interest to those studying the history of printing. Ballads traditionally addressed themes from everyday experience in both urban and rural communities. They thus provide important source material for social history and the history of popular culture.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains approximately 2,000 English, Irish, and American broadsides from the nineteenth century, including a large number of broadsides from the Catnach Press as well as some from women printers (especially Anne Ryle and Elizabeth Hodges, with a few by Ann Birt). Many of the ballads in this collection deal with common issues in family life, including courtship and marriage, domestic disputes, and the departure and return of young sailors. The collection includes examples of drinking songs, love songs, and patriotic songs. It offers many variants of traditional favorites, such as "Lannigan's Ball" and "John Barleycorn". The collection also represents ballads as sources of information and commentary on current events of local, national and international significance. Of the holdings in English ballads, many report on wars, economic conditions, and the activities of the monarchy. Land tenure, the Fenians, and other protests of English rule feature prominently in the collection's Irish ballads. A major theme of the American ballads is the Civil War (1861-1865).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. England, 1750-ca. 1899 (6 boxes)
    2. Ireland, ca. 1828-1869 (2 boxes)
    3. United States, ca. 1824-1887 (2 boxes).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Ballads, English --Great Britain --19th century.
    Ballads, English --United States --19th century.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Broadside poems.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Catnach Press.