Category Archives: research

Poetry manuscripts: Two articles

Two recent articles from Alison Fraser, assistant curator of the Poetry Collection at the University of Buffalo may of interest. Both focus in part on questions of materiality — the manuscript as ‘trash’ and the clipping. The articles are: ‘Creating the Twentieth-Century Literary Archives: A Short History of the Poetry Collection at the University at […]

New: The Digital Materiality of Digitized Manuscripts

A new book by Cornelis van Lit investigates how we might think about the materiality of digitized manuscripts. Of particular interest may be the chapter ‘The Digital Materiality of Digitized Manuscripts”. Often distinctions between analogue sources and digital surrogates turn on the latter’s apparent loss or lack of materiality, a proposition that is challenged here. […]

Now in paperback: Spontaneous Particulars by Susan Howe

Good news that a paperback edition is coming in May 2020 of Susan Howe’s wonderful short book, Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives. Originally published in hardback by Christine Burgin Gallery in association with New Directions, this glorious tribute to the importance of being in the archive will hopefully now reach new readers. Spontaneous Particulars […]

Virtual exhibition: Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800

While the Beinecke Library like so many others is currently closed, it is possible to view online some of their exhibition, “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800”. There is a beautifully detailed exhibition brochure and a series of videos on different aspects of the materials on display. You can download the Brochure for Subscribed at […]

Postponed: Archives Amplified: Connect, Challenge, Reimagine now 2021

2020 Archives Amplified Conference Postponed to 2021 In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to advise that the 2020 Archives Amplified Conference, which was due to take place on 26-28 August 2020, has been postponed. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. There is some uncertainty about how long […]

New book: The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives

A very exciting new publication from Princeton University Press is Melanie Micir‘s, The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives.  From the publisher’s website: “Melanie Micir explores an extensive body of material, including Sylvia Townsend Warner’s carefully annotated letters to her partner Valentine Ackland, Djuna Barnes’s fragmented drafts about the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Margaret Anderson’s […]

Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research wins prize!

The Routledge collection, Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research edited by Maryanne Dever has been awarded a 2018 Mander Jones award from the Australian Society of Archivists. The prize is awarded to the “publication making the greatest contribution to the archives profession in Australia”. The judges’ citation reads: “An impressive scholarly work bringing together twelve thought-provoking and […]

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 […]

Brittle paper: what can it stand?

Taking a literal turn in our thinking around materiality and the archived page, the following recent publications examine the mechanics of aged and brittle paper: “Comparing Non-destructive Mechanical Testing Methods for the Assessment of Brittle Papers – The Cantilever, Hanging Pear Loop, and Clamped Fold Tests” by Andrea K. I. Hall, Raymond H. Plaut and Patricia M. McGuiggan, […]

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 […]