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last updated: 5/27/2010

Roud Folk Song Index

Folk Song Index:

An index to traditional English-language songs collected in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia, by indexing published books, journals, and recordings, unpublished manuscript and tape collections, and broadsides, chapbooks, and songsters.   It contains over 125,000 references.

For each version of each song, the index records the source, song title, song first line, singer's name, collector's name, place and date of collection, presence/absence of text or tune, Child and Laws numbers, song author (if known), and keywords and phrases from the text.

Broadside Index:

A similar index of songs published in broadsides, chapbooks, popular songsters, parlor and music hall publications, and selected sheet music.    In addition to the song information, entries give printer's name and town and the location of extant copies, where known.   This index contains over 120,000 references.


These databases are available to all authorized IU users, on or off campus.   To access these databases, click the links below and tell the browser to SAVE the file and not open it.   This will save a copy of the database on your local machine. 

NOTE: these are very large Access databases and will take a long time to download. For further help in using these databases, consult the Basic Instructions and the Manual below.


Song of the Free
A song in eight verses describing a slave fleeing to Canada.
Tune, Susannah
Wikimedia Commons.

last updated: 5/27/2010