The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA)

The English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) makes 17th-century broadside ballads accessible as text, art, music, and cultural records. To date the archive includes over 5,000 ballads–more than half of the estimated 10,000 extant 17th-century ballads. EBBA’s holdings are free and open to the public.

In the Winter of 2014, graduate students in Patricia Fumerton’s “Popular Print and Ballad Culture” seminar are participating in a series of hands-on projects:

Making paper at the UCSB Art Studio
Working a Printing Press at UC Riverside
Handling original broadside ballads and woodcuts at the Huntington Library

The EMC Imprint

The EMC Imprint is an innovative open access venue for scholarly work and communication and a peer-reviewed publishing platform for digital scholarship. We would like to combine four virtues of our print media inheritance:

  1. Patient and rigorous care with writing, anonymous peer-review, editing & publishing
  2. Meet exacting standards of correctness
  3. A publication event of all-at-once presentation to the public
  4. A permanence that equals or approaches that of a printed product

with four virtues of new computable media:

  1. The speed, cheapness, and global reach of Internet publication
  2. By exploiting the plasticity of a computer-enabled interface, we could enjoy the productive integration of traditionally separate functions of writing, editing & design
  3. Incorporation of text,image, sound, video, database, etc. to become multimedia
  4. The final transmission of the publication to reader could benefit from earlier format and design decisions

Peer-reviewed publications will be launched soon, but below are examples of early publications under the EMC Imprint:

Remediating Interpretation, Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook
Critical Engagements
, William B. Warner
Protocols of Liberty, William B. Warner

The Early Modern British Theater: Access (EMBTA)

The Early Modern British Theater: Access assembles and digitizes multimedia resources relating to the history of British theater and dramatic literature during the period 1500-1800, our goal being to help students understand early modern theater as a multisensorial and collaborative art form. EMBTA is unique in that most archives on English drama either begin or end with the mid-17th-century closure of theaters by Puritan officials during England’s Civil Wars, and while post-1660 theater was in many ways radically different from the theater of Shakespeare, this archive aims to make apparent both the continuities and innovations in British theater over these three centuries.