Special and Named Printed Collections

Crawford: English Ballads

A collection of over 4,200 ballads (in English) dating from the 16th, to the early 20th century. The most significant acquisition made during the building up of this collection was the purchase in 1885 at the sale of the library of Osterley Park of three volumes of 17th-century ballads, consisting of 787 items, of which 90 were later donated to the British Museum. They are mounted on paper and arranged alphabetically by first line in boxes.

The collection is fully catalogued. Post-1700 items are digitised and appear in the Library's 'English ballads' digital resource. Pre-1701 items are digitally available via EBBA (English Broadside Ballad Archive). Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Catalogue of a Collection of English Ballads of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries Printed for the Most Part in Black Letter, Privately Printed, 1890.

Shelfmark: Crawford.EB.

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