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Diasporic Literary Archives Project: Opening Workshop Review

A review of the first meeting of the Diasporic Literary Archives Project held in Reading, England, is now available on the program website. As the report notes, at the first meeting:

The assembly of all these different voices provided an opportunity to compare their perspectives. This vast sharing of ideas, working procedures, advice and professional contacts made it possible to explore the foundational guidelines of the project, to identify its key questions and points and to begin outlining action plans and finding solutions to problems.

University of Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life where the first meeting was held.

Writers and their Libraries

Whether an author’s library has been moved to an institutional setting, such as the personal library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf held at the Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Department at Washington State University Libraries, or left in situ, like Edna St. Vincent Millay’s library at her New York home Steepletop, much can be learned from what and how an author read. A writer’s library can reflect the creative process, intellectual inspirations and circles, as well as profound (and mundane) traces of a life lived.

A conference exploring authors’ libraries will be held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London March 15th-16th, 2013. Paper proposals are due on July 15th, 2012. For a list of suggested topics and themes visit the conference website or the conference blog.

According to the conference website: The aim of the conference is to explore reading habits, note-taking practices, marginalia and other traces of reading experience and book collecting in a comparative context. At the same time, the conference will offer a forum for the discussion of theories and methodologies that underpin this kind of research, as well as the problems and challenges of reclaiming, representing and editing the evidence of reading writers and writing readers from the archive.

Bookplate for American poet H.D.

Bookplate from H.D.’s copy of Euripides’ Hippolyte translated by Théobald Fix (Paris: Hachette, 1912), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Pack your bags for San Diego

Please save the date for a GLAM(NA) meeting at the Society of American Archivists conference this August. The meeting is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, August 8th, and will include a tour of UCSD Special Collections, an opportunity to present briefly on literary archives initiatives at your institution, and a GLAM(NA) business meeting. More details forthcoming.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Michael Forstrom at

Passport holder and brief case from the Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers
(YCAL MSS 468). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

The results are in!

At long last our findings from the GLAM(NA) user study are available. We’ve suggested some ways forward based on the study’s findings but welcome your ideas and feedback on next steps. A huge thanks to the Beinecke Library patrons who completed the survey.


Diasporic Literary Archives: Questions Informing Scattered Legacies

The Diasporic Literary Archives project is underway with its first workshop scheduled for June 7th-8th 2012 at the University of Reading. The first workshop, “Questions Informing Scattered Legacies,” will examine foundational questions of the network. It will identify the key ideas regarding the preservation, migration, and scholarly use of literary papers, and create working documents and action plans that will inform subsequent workshops (to be held from 2012 to 2014). Please see here for more information about the workshop and registration. We’ll also be reporting on the workshop at this year’s SAA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 10th, from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Please come and share your ideas!