Album Facsimiles

In many cases, the original collectors of our ballads or their current holding institutions pasted them into album books or onto larger sheets of paper. Album facsimiles are digital images created by the EBBA team in Adobe Photoshop from raw TIFFs of these pages.

For collections where ballads have been pasted into volumes, such as the Roxburge Collection, our album facsimiles show the facing pages separated by a small margin. We thus provide an approximation of the experience of looking at the album books as if they lay open in a viewer's home library. Often, collectors cut ballads in half, pasting each half onto an individual album page. More rarely, parts of two separate ballads have been pasted onto the facing pages of an album book; in such cases, we nonetheless provide an image showing both pages (the separate EBBA IDs of such ballads are noted on the citation page).

Sample Album Facsimile

Not all ballads were collected into albums, and so not all searches will call up an album facsimile image. For example, most of the ballads in the Houghton Collections are unbound. Furthermore, we are not able to provide album facsimiles for the Pepys Collection: our digital images of most of the Pepys ballads come from microfilm taken in the 1980s when the album volumes had been temporarily unbound due to overly tight binding. We thus do not have microfilm images of the facing album pages, only of each single album page outside its binding, with the ballad (or ballad part) pasted onto it. Moreover, when these single pages contained ballads pasted sideways (often the case in Volumes 2-5), the photographer zoomed in on the ballad image, cutting off the edges of the album page entirely. We hope to re-photograph the Pepys album pages in full color in the future.