Broadside Ballads

Access the Ballads

Broadside Ballads online: a new project

Read about the new, enhanced Broadside Ballads project, with image searching and matching

About the Ballads

This is a stand-alone catalogue: the records and images are not included in the Johnson online catalogue. The Ballads database includes all 30,000 ballads in the Bodleian, including those in the John Johnson Collection.

  •  The records have links to images, scanned from microfilm.
  •  Some sound files are included.
  •  In addition to the standard bibliographical data (titles, first lines, date, imprint, names, the ballads can be searched by subject. Their iconographic content has been indexed using Iconclass.
  • Images can be matched, using new technology
  • Images of some of the crime ballads in the Bodleian are also linked to the Mapping Crime project
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