Cataloguing Methodology

Our work is heavily indebted to Helen Weinstein, who compiled the Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge.  We have to a large extent used her category headings as the basis of our own catalogue and, in most cases, we were able to follow her methodology for bibliographic entries on the Pepys Ballads.  We have supplemented Weinstein’s catalogue with information provided by EBBA’s imprint specialists in our own more detailed categories on printers' and publishers' names. 

In cases where we have relied primarily on Weinstein’s bibliographic entries for the Pepys ballads, acknowledgement is attributed with “(Weinstein)” in the description of the catalogue heading. In all cases when Weinstein’s catalogue was used, we checked her entries against the ballad and our knowledge, making corrections where necessary. For example, we have used Weinstein's dates supplemented with our own research. Weinstein uses a system of brackets to indicate faint, unclear, or missing text from titles, first lines and refrains.  To maintain a searchable database, we include, whenever possible, uninterrupted text in the title, first line, and refrain fields.

Like Weinstein, we retain original spellings for titles, first lines and refrains. We modify the “long s” but maintained vv for w, and i for j. For the catalogue, we retain original spelling in entering titles, first lines and refrains.

We catalogue each ballad in three ways: one that retains original spelling, one that follows transcription orthography rules, and one that modernizes and Americanizes spelling. Although the latter two are not displayed on the citation page, they aid in users' searches and make allowance for the wide variance of early modern spelling. All title variants are visible on the TEI-XML documents associated with each ballad

In regard to tune titles, we catalogue the original spelling, and, because the same tune can be known by more than one name, we catalogue a standard tune title taken from Simpson's The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music

Advertisements, marginalia, textual and stanzaic irregularities, versos and rectos, and other facts are listed in the “notes” section.