Catalogue description Francis J Child Ballads (England and Scotland)

This record is held by Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service

Details of MS 4000/5/1/13
Reference: MS 4000/5/1/13
Title: Francis J Child Ballads (England and Scotland)

MS 4000/5/1/13/1-4 'The English and Scottish Popular c1956-1964


Ballads: Child Ballads' (Folkways


and Topic) and;


other recordings of Broadside


Ballads (Folkways); Great British


Ballads (Riverside); and 'Haul on the


Bowlin' (Stinson) shanties and foc'sle




MS 4000/5/1/13/5-8 'The English and Scottish Popular nd


Ballads: Child Ballads' (Riverside)

Held by: Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Administrative / biographical background:

Francis J Child (1825-1896) is renowned for his collection of English and Scottish ballads and discussion of related songs and stories in the five volume work 'The English and Scottish Popular Ballads' published between 1882 and 1898. The collection contains over three hundred ballads and related research. The ballads are often referred to in academic works by their sequential number, for example Lord Randall is Child #12 and Sir Patrick Spens is Child #58.


The Child Ballads have been released in both the UK by Topic Records and in the USA by Folkways and Riverside records. The sound recordings featured here are from both the Topic, Folkways and Riverside record labels.

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