Although Francis James Child qualifies as the father of all song collectors, his name lacks the familiarity of a collector like Alan Lomax. Fans of traditional British and American folk music will nonetheless be familiar with his song collection, the Child ballads. For many, the 305 ballads that comprise the collection qualify as the mother lode of all folk song anthologies. Many of the ballads, including "Barbara Allen," "Mattie Groves," and "Gypsy Laddie," are among the best-known and loved folk songs. "His slice of folk song," wrote Benjamin Filene in Romancing the Folk, "came to be seen as the touchstone against which all folk songs were judged."