Other Digital Resources

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Websites, online exhibits, and digital catalogues/indexes relating to the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, English-language song traditions, and collections of Newfoundland song, music, dance, and stories.

Bodleian Libraries. N.d. Broadside Ballads Online. University of Oxford.

A digital archive of ballad sheets. Digital versions of broadsides are searchable according to titles, themes, collections, dates, printers/publishers, locations, and Roud numbers.

Dohey, Larry. N.d. Archival Moments: Selections from the Archives, Live from St John’s, NL. Blog.

A blog about Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and culture. Authored by the Director of Programming for The Rooms Provincial Archives, each post focuses on a ‘moment’ in provincial history and associates that narrative with the archival collections held in the provincial archives and museum.

English Folk Dance and Song Society. N.d. The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library: The Essential Folk Resource.

The website of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is the home of the Roud Folksong Index, a database of more than 240,000 references to songs that have been collected from English-language oral traditions from all over the world—including Ireland and Newfoundland. The site also provides access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s full catalogue and a range of archival resources and collections relating to English-language folk song and music.

Memorial University. 2011 (June 14). “Branch.” Intangible Cultural Heritage.

A sub-archive of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s “Digital Archive Initiative.” This site features historically significant images from the community of Branch, as well as information about the settlement of the region.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive. 2004. MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada. St John’s, NL: MUNFLA, Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place.

A digital archive of songs collected by MacEdward Leach in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. This website makes available clips from Leach’s recordings, song transcripts, and collection history, and as well as contextual information about Leach, the singers, and the communities in which Leach collected.

Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site. 2018. Heritage: Newfoundland & Labrador. [St John’s NL]: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Government of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

This public history project brings together more than a thousand pages of articles on the provinces history, arts, economy, politics, history, and culture. Articles are authored by the university community based at Memorial University. The site also provides access to the ‘Dictionary of Newfoundland English,’ and a wealth of videos, images, and related resources.

Phyrst Web Pages. 1999 (January). GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador.

A digital index of Newfoundland songs, including texts, availability in print collections, availability of recorded versions, links to performances, and notes on origins.

Placentia Area Historical Society. 2017. Placentia Area Historical Society Website.

This society website provides access to images from the Placentia Bay region, as well as compiling essays on the history and culture of the area.

Placentia Area Historical Society, and the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place. N.d. Voices of Placentia: Songs, Stories and Tunes from around Placentia Bay.

An online exhibition of song, music, and storytelling from around Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Collected primarily by Eric West, the recordings, images, and historical notes featured on the website formed the basis of a live exhibition in the town of Placentia. Recordings of several of the singers featured in ‘A Grand Time’ are also available on the ‘Voices of Placentia Bay’ website, as are variant versions of many of the songs.

Waltz, Robert B., and David G. Engle. 2018. The Traditional Ballad Index: An Annotated Bibliography of the Folk Songs of the English-Speaking World, version 4.3. California State University, Fresno.

An online index of English-language folk song. Each record includes a brief description of the song, details of authorship, location, references in print collections, and recordings.

Zierke, Reinhard. 1996–2018. Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music.

An index of English-language songs and tunes. It is searchable according to references by Steve Roud, Francis James Child, G. Malcolm Laws, and the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection. The index provides references to recorded versions of songs, transcripts of variants, and descriptions of origins.