Broadside Ballads in the Historical Collections in Brno
The project Broadside Ballads in the Historical Collections in Brno aims at prepare and study the broadside ballads deposited in the collections of the Moravian Library in Brno, the Department of the Institute of Ethnology of the CAS, v. v. i., and the Ethnographic Institute of the Moravian Museum. In total, the funds contain about 17 thousands of broadside ballads from the 17th – 19th centuries. In addition to the above mentioned institutions, the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University is involved in the project as well.
In accordance with the program framework NAKI II (Applied research and development of national and cultural identity 2016 – 2020) that supports the Broadside ballad projects also financially, the main goal of the project is to create and apply tools that contribute to preservation, presentation and use of broadside ballads. These include the methodology of creating bibliographic records to broadside ballads, which can be then used by other institutions managing monuments of a similar type, as well as exhibitions that present broadside ballads as a specific type of cultural heritage to the public. The results of the project also include specialized maps presenting the regional-geographical origin of the collection. Researchers from various institutions and various specializations are involved in the project, this enables them to present broadside ballads in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary way, with an emphasis on the text, music and visual aspects of broadside ballads. The outputs of the project also include several multidisciplinary monographs, conferences and workshops, where the results of such a multidisciplinary approach are going to be presented. The team includes researchers of various specializations – linguists, ethnologists, musicologists, literary scholars and museum and library staff.