Source overview

Catalogue of broadside ballad sheets of the Institute of Ethnology of the CAS

The database contains a collection of broadside ballad sheets from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. The collection focuses on printed broadside ballad sheets on religious and spiritual topics. In terms of genre, it primarily contains poems, prayers, worship and epic tales.

The Broadside Ballad Database is based on the domestic tradition of traditionally cataloguing of hand-printed books, while respecting contemporary international trends. For the purpose of name cataloguing, binding Guidelines for the Name Cataloguing of Manuscripts and Old Prints and Guidelines for the Description of 19th Century Broadside Ballad Sheets were adopted. The entries respect the MARC 21 bibliographic format.

  • Person responsible for administration of information source
    Markéta Holubová (, Ludmila Kopalová (
  • Current content of information source
    3,371 catalogue entries
  • Listings have associated digital objects
  • Format of digital objects

Online access:

Author/administrator of source:
Institute of Ethnology of the CAS, v. v. i.


Type of resource:
bibliographic database

ethnography, ethnology

chapbooks, folkloristics, old prints