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Finding aid for the Broadside ballads collection

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 May

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Catnach, James, 1792-1841
Creator
Such, H., printer
Creator
Walker, James, printer
Title
Broadside ballads collection
Collection no.
6073
Date
circa 1797-1880
Extent
0.21 Linear feet, 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
Collection of broadside ballads from England. Broadside (or broadsheet) ballads were one of the most common forms of printed material produced between the 16th and 19th centuries in England, Ireland, and North America. They centered on popular subject matter such as moral advice, current events and politics, satire, comedy, and crime and were sold in large numbers on street corner and at fairs, and pinned to the walls of ale houses and other public places.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Broadside ballads collection, Collection no. 6073, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

Broadside (or broadsheet) ballads were one of the most common forms of printed material produced between the 16th and 19th centuries in England, Ireland, and North America. They are often associated with the ballad, one of the most important forms of traditional music from these countries. Broadside ballads were generally printed on single pieces of paper, often with two ballads on one sheet; these could then be cut in half or folded to make chapbooks. The ballads centered on popular subject matter such as moral advice, current events and politics, satire, comedy, and crime. Most included an illustration of some kind, though in many cases the image had little or nothing to do with the subject of the text. They also often included the suggested name of a known tune that would fit the lyrics. They were sold in large numbers on street corner and at fairs, and pinned to the walls of ale houses and other public places. In London, many broadside ballads were printed by publishers located in the Seven Dials district including the well-known print shop of James Catnatch.

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Scope and Content

Collection of broadside ballads from England.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 May
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Purchased from Howard Rotenberg; Richard Ford Manuscripts (United Kingdom), April-May, 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Broadsheet (format)
  • Printed ephemera

Geographic Name(s)

  • England--Songs and music--19th century--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Catnach, James, 1792-1841 -- Archives
  • Such, H., printer -- Archives
  • Walker, James, printer -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Popular music--England--19th century--Archival resources
  • Songs--England--19th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 The Bonny Lassie's Answer; Giles Scroggins circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 1

 England: The Home of the World/No, My Love, Not I circa 1797-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 2

 The Golden Glove/Rosin, The Beau circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 3

 Jeannot's Answer to Jeannette/Comic Version of There's A Good Time Coming circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 4

 A Life on the Ocean Wave/Burns and Highland Mary circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 5

 The Maniac/The Mariner's Grave circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 6

 The Newfoundland Dog/Little Fools and Great Ones circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 7

 Poor Smuggler's Boy/Youn[g] Ellen Loraine circa 1813-1838 

Scope and Content

Prnted by J. Catnach, Printer, 2 & 3, Monmouth-court, 7 Dials. Printer is identified below the title of each ballad, and under Poor Smuggler's Boy, the name is misspelled "J. Canach".

1 8

 The Robbers of the Glen undated 

Scope and Content

Printed by H. Such, Printer & Publisher, 177, Union-street, Boro.--S.E.

1 9

 The Sailor's Farewell/The Rover of the Seas circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham. 2 copies.

1 10

 Sammy Slap the Bill Sticker/The Maniac circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 11

 The Slave Chase/The Brave Old Oak/Kathleen Mavourneen/The Star of Glengary circa 1791-1834 

Scope and Content

Printed by Walker, Printer, Durham.

1 12

 The Spanish Cavalier/Under the Willow She's Sleeping/We Meet/I've Journey'd Over Many Lands undated 

Scope and Content

"London. Printed at the 'Catnach Press' by W. S. FORTEY, 2 & 3, Monmouth Court, Seven Dials, London. The Oldest and Cheapest House in the World for Ballads, (4,000 sorts) Children's Books, Song Books, &c."

1 13

 Thorney Moor Wood/The Lost Lady Found circa 1849-1862 

Scope and Content

Printed by H. Such, Printer, &c., 123, Union Street, Borough, London. Illustration in color.

1 14

 The Trial of Willy Reilly/Erin-go-Bragh circa 1860-1880 

Scope and Content

"London. Printed at the 'Catnach Press,' by W. S. FORTEY, 2 & 3, Monmouth Court, Seven Dials. The Oldest and Cheapest House in the World for Ballads, (4,000 sorts) Children's Books, Song Books, &c."

1 15

 Voltigeur/The Marseillaise Hymn undated 

Scope and Content

Printed for H. Williamson, Newcastle.

1 16

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