Broadsides are scattered throughout the collections, with examples ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th Centuries. We have many examples of broadside ballads.

Subjects covered are diverse, including:

  • accounts of executions
  • advertisements for trade ventures
  • calls for political agitation

Scottish interest is particularly well represented in the holdings:

A highlight of the broadside holdings is the major collection of broadside ballads gathered together by William Euing. This important resource consists of some 408 black-letter ballads, many of which are illustrated by woodcuts. 

How to find material from the Broadsides collection