Firth Ballads

Ref: PE 31

Title: Firth Ballads

Some 500 ballads from the personal library of Sir Charles Harding Firth

Dates: 19th century
Level: Fonds
Extent: 7 volumes

Name of creators: Sir Charles Harding Firth

Administrative / biographical history:

The collection consists of 7 bound volumes containing around 500 ballads from the personal library of Sir Charles Harding Firth.
Charles Harding Firth was born in 1857, and educated at Clifton College and Balliol, where he obtained a first in History. After lecturing at Firth College (later the University of Sheffield), he returned to Oxford, becoming Regius Professor of Modern History, from 1904 to 1925.
As well as the ballads, Firth also collected a magnificent personal library comprising works on history, English language and literature, early printed texts and bibliography. Many of these books (as well as further ballads) are now in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, but Firth was also very generous in his gifts to the University Library at Sheffield. He died in 1936.

  • Source: By donation
  • System of arrangement: By category
  • Subjects: Ballads
  • Names: Firth, C. H. (Charles Harding), 1857-1936; Carnell, Peter W.
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Finding aids: Listed in Ballads of the Charles Harding Firth Collection of the University of Sheffield: a descriptive catalogue with indexes, compiled by Peter W. Carnell and published by the Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language, University of Sheffield, in 1979.