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 Technology Sydney) and Linda Morra (Bishop’s University, Canada). This site provides information about network activities and also serves to provide a noticeboard for events, developments […]

Tracking the market in manuscripts | The National Archives blog

Most archive services acquire new material for their collections and make them available to researchers through longstanding arrangements, very often by transfer from their governing body, or by deposit from businesses, families, organisations and individuals. However, manuscripts and archival collections do come up for sale. This is sometimes through specialist auctioneers and dealers, but increasingly […]

CFP Special issue: Digital Medieval Manuscript Cultures

Archive Journal has published a call for papers for a special issue. Deadline:  extended to 1 January 2017 In medieval manuscript studies, an important feature of the “digital turn” has been the creation of digital surrogates. Until recently, this activity has taken one of two forms: either the digitization of major categories of manuscripts (such […]

What is Digital Preservation?

As part of Born Digital 2016 the State Library of New South Wales has published a post on the best strategies and practices to preserve a Library’s collection digitally. Here’s a short extract: “Digital preservation can be defined as: The coordinated and ongoing set of processes and activities that ensure long-term, error-free storage of digital information, with […]

CFP: Gender and Archiving: Past, Present and Future

Yearbook of Women’s History 2017 in Collaboration with Atria Atria will be the guest editor of the Yearbook of Women’s History that will be published in May 2017. The volume is a follow-up of the international conference celebrating the 80th anniversary of the IAV-collection (International Archive of the Women’s Movement) that was hosted by Atria […]

CFP Archives of the Digital

Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, Issue 8.1 Guest Editors: Hermann Rotermund, Wolfgang Hagen and Christian Herzog (Leuphana University Lüneburg) Deadline for the submission of full papers: 31 July 2016 The issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017. Digital media has initiated the transformation of archiving practices with implications for audio-visual archives, written archives […]

Should Prince’s Tweets Be in a Museum?

In an article in The Atlantic (5 July 2016), Sonia Weiser questions whether there is value in preserving records of artists’ and writers’ social media activity. She writes: “Archivists are figuring out which pieces of artists’ digital lives to preserve alongside letters, sketchbooks, and scribbled-on napkins”. “Should famous artists’ social-media profiles be saved? Archiving their digital […]

ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 Archives and Manuscripts is the professional and scholarly journal of the Australian Society of Archivists, publishing articles, reviews, and information about the theory and practice of archives and recordkeeping in Australasia and internationally. Its target audiences are archivists and other recordkeeping professionals, the academic community, and all involved in the study and interpretation of archives. […]