Welcome

Welcome to the archivefutures research network, an international network of scholars and archivists engaged in speculative and theoretically informed  considerations of  archived manuscripts and personal papers.  This research network is coordinated by Maryanne Dever (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Linda Morra (Bishop’s University, Canada).

New British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW)

The University of East Anglia has launched a new British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW). The following information is drawn from publicity promoting the launch. UEA intends to grow its existing literary collections significantly, most notable of which is the extensive personal archive of the Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing, and literary material from other prize winning authors […]

News article: New Email Archive Tool to Sift Literary Legacies

An article in The Wall Street Journal reports on a new free software called ePADD that has been developed to assist archivists in managing writers’ emails. Extract from the WSJ: Email archives pose many of the same challenges as paper ones, such as privacy concerns, copyright questions and decisions about organizing an unwieldy cache of material with a […]

Memory units

“The memory-units of the past, mostly on paper, are increasingly replaced by dynamic, temporal forms of interim archiving in digital space. The transience of new archives, their ever shorter half-life, is their fate, their curse, and their opportunity.” From Wolfgang Ernst, ART OF THE ARCHIVE. The full text is available here. See also: Wolfgang Ernst, Digital […]

English Literary Heritage: Registration open

ENGLISH LITERARY HERITAGE CONFERENCE  18 SEPTEMBER 2015 INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES, LONDON Registration is now open for the English Literary Heritage Conference to be held at Senate House, London on 18 September 2015. Keynote speaker: Jeff Cowton (The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere) ‘Beyond Words’ This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the interpretation of literary heritage objects […]

Turning Digital: delights, dangers & drama

State Library of New South Wales, Sydney. A free seminar & tour for the GLAM sector Date: Friday 26 June 2015 Time: 10.00 am to 3.30 pm Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor, Macquarie Wing, State Library of New South Wales Cost: Free, Bookings Essential Click here to book Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the GLAM […]

Archival Liveness: The Paper Archive in the Digital Age

New article by Joy Palacios in the new journal Performance Matters. From the article: “…in the midst of the laborious photo-taking and PDF creating process, I often wondered: am I killing my archive? If disaster were to strike the Maison provinciale such that future researchers could only access its contexts via the PDF versions I […]

Radical Art of Archiving Performance

Fascinating article by Alexis Clements on ‘The Radical Art of Archiving Performance, as Practiced by Martha Wilson‘ from Hyperallergic, 8 April 2015. Clements reminds us how, ‘The practices of using first-person accounts or oral histories, ephemera and grassroots archives, as well as alternative publishers, have long been core strategies for feminists seeking to document and preserve histories […]

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