Category Archives: archival research

Just out: Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 – 2015

New from Rowman & Littlefield is the Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 – 2015  edited by Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks. At 596 pages it’s a hefty tome! From the publisher’s website: The Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515-2015, is a reference work that includes the profiles of authors of literature about records and archives in […]

Close Reading an Archival Object

The latest issue of Papers on Language and Literature 55:1 (2019) is a special issue, “Archives, Authority, Aura: Modernism’s Archival Turn”. Of particular interest is Emily Ridge‘s new article entitled, “Close Reading an Archival Object: Reflections on a Postcard from Salvador Dalí to Stefan Zweig, Circa 1938” which offers a complex reading of a single […]

Evidencing the Impact and Value of Special Collections: Report from Research Libraries UK

On 7 March 2019 Research Libraries UK published a report examining the role that special collections play in enabling research libraries to meet the impact goals, and investigates the ways impact resulting through their various services and activities is evidenced. The findings will be of interest to all associated with such collections, either in collections […]

CFP: Stardom and the archive

CALL FOR PAPERS: Stardom and the Archive — an International Symposium     Saturday 8th February 2020 Followed by a public exhibition event on Sunday 9th February 2020 University of Exeter, Devon, UK   Confirmed Keynotes Professor Maryanne Dever (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney)  Dr Lucy Bolton (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary […]

Must-read essay: Archive and Library

Just recently posted on Humanities Commons is this wonderful essay, “Archive and Library” by Marlene Manoff. It is a pre-publication posting of an invited essay for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory  – part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Abstract:  Archives and libraries operate within a complex web of social, political and […]

On “routine and frankly boring” archival labour

There have been several high profile Twitter interventions lately on the question of archival “discoveries”. In a timely blog post on the language scholars use to (mis)characterise archival settings, Beth Doyle makes the very important point that the same language inevitably displaces the very real (and gendered) labour of archivists, labour that invariably underpins scholars’ […]

New book: Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive

A new book by Matthew Harle entitled Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive has just been released by Bloomsbury (2018). From the Bloomsbury website:  ‘Afterlives of Abandoned Work considers the relevance of  unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected […]