John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956)
John Johnson was a papyrologist and Printer to the University of Oxford from 1925 to 1946..
Anthony Wood (1632-1695)
Wood was an Oxford resident who collected ballads from an early age.
Francis Douce (1757-1834)
Douce was Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum.
Elias Ashmole (1617-1692)
This collection is the Bodleian's richest source of 17th-century political ballads from the Restoration period. .
Walter Newton Henry Harding (1883-1973)
Harding was born in London and retained British nationality, but lived in Chicago and pursued a career as a music-hall pianist and cinema organist.
Charles Harding Firth (1857-1936)
Firth was Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford from 1904 to 1925.
Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755)
Contents: One volume of 17th-century ballads; some printed ballads included in another volume which is mostly manuscript poetry.