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Like London Buses … — Literary & Artistic Archives: the blog of the International Council on Archives Section on Literary and Artistic Archives

(There is a saying in London which runs “You wait for ages for a bus and then two come along together”.) 2018 has been a good year for our subject-area of Literary Archives. At the start of the year there was no book-length publication on literary archives, and by the end of the year there […]

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Literary Archivists Gather in Mexico

Archivists responsible for literary and artistic archives have an opportunity to meet in November 2017 at the International Council on Archives (ICA) Annual Meeting. The Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA) will be meeting during the conference.

It has been confirmed that SLA will be presenting a session on Caribbean literary archives as part of this year’s ICA Annual Conference, to be held in Mexico City, 27-29 November 2017. The long title of the session is this: Issues in Caribbean literary archives : diasporas, gender politics, hidden archives, languages, big and small […]

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Art and activism producing new archives

Literary & Artistic Archives: the blog of the International Council on Archives Section on Literary and Artistic Archives

Artists, scholars and activists are leading the way in the creation of new archives that document important social and political events. Increasingly they are filling some important gaps in the documentation of such events, particularly those resulting from major and rapid upheavals. Archivists working within the confines of established institutions and organisationss, places that are typically funded, resourced and authorised by national and sub-national governments, may be unable or unwilling to address these gaps for a variety of reasons. With the ubiquity of online tools, practically anyone can generate a documentation project that creates an archive.

This trend in the production of activist and artist-led  archives raises all sorts of questions for archivists working in these more traditional archival settings. Should they be aiming to link-up with these newly emergent trends in the production of archives and urging their institutions to engage with them? What are the ethical implications of…

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CFP: Archival Uncertainties

This conference, to be held at the British Library on April 4th, represents an opportunity to explore the uncertain future of literary archival sources in the present age. While information technology is changing rapidly and bringing new possibilities for the democratisation of knowledge, debates remain about intellectual property, ownership and access rights to individual archives. Uneven investment in knowledge institutions contributes to a complicated understanding of how archival values can be realised – as commercial, cultural, national, global – and of how the ethics of preservation and rescue can be addressed in the face of climatic and ideological threats.

Proposals for 20 minute papers [250 words max] or 3 paper panels should be sent to a.j.donnell@reading.ac.uk by 5 January 2015. Successful presenters will be notified by 15 Jan 2016.

Literary papers within Business Archives

Literary & Artistic Archives: the blog of the International Council on Archives Section on Literary and Artistic Archives

The work of the Diasporic Literary Archives Network, GLAM, the British Location Register and others has established the importance of the archives of publishers and literary agencies in literary research and scholarship. The archives of financial institutions, however, should also be remembered. A recent article by Emma Jacobs (“A three centuries paper trail at Coutts”, Financial Times, 30 October 2015) describes some of the contents of the archives of Coutts Bank in London, including important groups of papers of writers such as Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, and, more surprisingly, Voltaire.

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