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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.


1 collection (.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

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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