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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 834

George Wiley Sherburn collection of English ballads, songs, and poems


Manuscripts of English ballads, songs, and poems from circa1700 to1850, collected by the Harvard scholar George Wiley Sherburn.


  • 1700-1850

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes manuscripts in unidentified hands of the text of 80 English ballads, songs, and poems.

Biographical / Historical

Sherburn (1884-1962) taught English at Harvard and was known primarily for his scholarship on Alexander Pope.


Arranged alphabetically by first line.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-180 Deposited by George Sherburn, Widener 117; received: 1952 January.

Sherburn, George Wiley, 1884-, collector. George Wiley Sherburn collection of English ballads, songs, and poems, circa 1700-1850: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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