Use Policy


EBBA is open access, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

All materials are available for non-commercial use free of charge. Attribution is required for all non-commercial re-use of EBBA's images, recordings, and other resources.

Creative Commons License

To cite an image or recording of a ballad from EBBA, include the following:

  • the ballad's EBBA ID
  • the ballad's holding library and page number/shelfmark
  • if appropriate, a link to the item on the EBBA site

For example, this ballad, "A Description of Old England...", should be given a citation that includes "National Library of Scotland Crawford 1244, EBBA 34108." In some cases, a holding library may also ask you to include its shelfmark.

The EBBA ID, holding library name, and shelfmark are displayed on the citation page for each ballad.

To cite the project and/or web site as a whole please use the following format:
Patricia Fumerton, ed., English Broadside Ballad Archive (
Subsequent citations may be shortened to: EBBA.

The above format should also be used in citations of the essays under Collections or Resources.

EBBA grants no rights to reproduction of its images for commercial or publishing purposes.

If you wish to use an image found in EBBA commercially or for publication, inquire with the holding library:

  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of Pepys Ballads, contact the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge:
  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of the Roxburghe Ballads, consult the British Library.
  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of the Euing Ballads, contact the University of Glasgow's Special Collections.
  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of the Houghton Library ballad collections, contact Harvard University's Houghton Library.
  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of the Huntington ballad collections, contact the Huntington Library.
  • For inquiries regarding reproduction of the National Library of Scotland ballad collections, including the Crawford Ballads, contact the National Library of Scotland.