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Andersson, S.  “On the Value of Personal Archives.”  Nordeuropa Forum: Zeitschrift Fur Politik, Wirtschaft Und Kultur 1 (1999):  15-27.

Archives: the Journal of the British Records Association: 35.122 (April 2010) (Special Issue on Literary Archives).

Beattie, Heather. “Where Narratives Meet: Archival Description, Provenance, and Women’s Diaries.” In Conference Program and Participant’s Papers. The Third International Conference on the History of Records and Archives, September 27-29, 2007. Boston, Massachusetts. 175-184.

Benjamin, Walter and Esther Leslie.  Walter Benjamin’s Archive : Images, Texts, Signs.  New York: Verso, 2007.

Bossis, Mireille. “Methodological Journeys Through Correspondences.” Yale French Studies: Men/Women of Letters 71 (1986): 63-75.

Bundtzen, Lynda K.  “Poetic Arson and Sylvia Plath’s ‘Burning the Letters.'”  The Unravelling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Anita Helle (ed). Ann Arbor: U. Michigan Press, 2007. 236-53.

Buss, Helen M. and Marlene Kadar, eds. Working In Women’s Archives: Researching Women’s Private Literature and Archival Documents. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001.

Christenberry , H. Faye and Angela Courtney.  Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2010.

Collis, Stephen. “Archival Tactics and the Poet Scholar:  Susan Howe and Charles Olson.”  West Coast Line 36.2 (2002):  60-77.

Connor, Seymour V. “The Problem of Literary Property in Archival Depositories.” American Archivist 21.2 (April 1958): 143-152.

Courtney, Angela. Literary Research and the Era of American Nationalism and Romanticism. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2008.

Cowan, Alison Leigh. “He was there. Now his papers are, too.” New York Times online, 19 October 2009.

Cox, Richard L. Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections, and Ruminations. Duluth: Litwin Boks, 2008.

Cox, Richard J. “The Record in the Manuscript Collection.”  Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  46-61.

Cronenwett, Phillip N. “Appraisal of Literary Manuscripts.”  Archival Choices:  Managing the Historical Record in an Age of Abundance. Nancy Pease, ed. Lexington, Mass.:  Lexington Books, 1984.  105-116.

Dever, Maryanne, Sally Newman and Ann Vickery. The Intimate Archive: Journeys Through Private Papers. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009.

Dever, Maryanne. “Reading Other People’s Mail.” Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  116-129.

Donadio, Rachel. “Literary Letters: Lost in Cyberspace.” New York Times Book Review (4 September 2005). Online:

Douglas, Jennifer and Heather MacNeil. “Arranging the Self: Literary and Archival Perspectives on Writers’ Archives.” Archivaria 67 (Spring 2009): 25-39.

Enniss, Stephen. “In the Author’s Hand: Artifacts of Origin and Twentieth-Century Reading Practices.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage 2 (Fall 2001): 106-120.

Fehrman, Craig. “Lost libraries: The strange afterlife of authors’ book collections.” Boston Globe, 19 September 2010. Online:

Fisher, Robert C.  “The Grandmother’s Story: Oral Tradition, Family Memory, and a Mysterious Manuscript.”  Archivaria 57 (Spring 2004):  107-130.

Forstrom, Michael. “Managing Electronic Records in Manuscript Collections: A Case Study from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.” American Archivist 72.2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 460-477.

Franzen, Jonathan. “Scavenging.” How to Be Alone: Essays. New York: Picador, October 2003. 195-206.

Gekoski, Rick. “Why literary archives are like monkfish.” Guardian, January 21, 2011. Online:

Hartling, Florian and Beat Suter, editors. “Archivierung von digitaler Literatur: Probleme – Tendenzen – Perspektiven / Archiving Electronic Literature and Poetry: Problems, Tendencies, Perspectives.” SPIEL: Siegener Periodicum zurInternationalen Empirischen Literaturwissenschaft. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang,  2010.

Hobbs, Catherine. “The Character of Personal Archives: Reflections on the Value of Records of Individuals.” Archivaria 52 (Fall 2001):  126-135.

Hobbs, Catherine.  “New Approaches to Canadian Literary Archives.” Journal of Canadian Studies 40.2 (2006):  109-119.

Hobbs, Catherine. “Reenvisioning the personal: Reframing traces of individual life.” Currents of Archival Thinking. Terry Eastwood and Heather MacNeil (eds). Santa Barbara,: Libraries Unlimited,  2010.

Hodson, Sara S. “In Secret Kept, In Silence Sealed: Privacy in the Papers of Authors and Celebrities.” American Archivist 67 (Fall/Winter 2004): 194-211.

Home, Heather and Helen Humphreys, ed.  Queen’s Quarterly: Whispers of the Past: Life from the Archives 114.4 (Winter 2007).

Kaplan, Alice.  “Working in the Archives.”  Yale French Studies, No. 77: Reading the Archive: On Texts and Institutions, 1990. 103-116.

Keeran, Peggy and Jennifer Bowers.  Literary Research and the British Romantic Era. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2005.

Larkin , Philip. “A Neglected Responsibility.”  Required Writing:  Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982.  Boston:  Faber and Faber, 1983.

Lewis, Alison.  Literary Research and British Modernism.  Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2010.

MacNeil, Heather. “Archivalterity: Rethinking Original Order.” Archivaria 66 (Fall 2008): 1-24.

MacNeil, Heather. “Picking Our Text: Archival Description, Authenticity, and the Archivist as Editor.” American Archivist 68.2 (Fall/Winter 2005): 264-78.

Manuscripts Matter Conference, UK Literary Heritage Working Group, 19-20
October 2006, British Library. Conference proceedings available at:

Martin, Kristin E.. “Analysis of Remote Reference Correspondence at a Large Academic Manuscripts Collection.” American Archivist 64.1 (Spring-Summer 2001): 17-42.

Matthews, J. Greg. Literary Research and Irish Literature: Strategies and Sources. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2009.

Matuozzi, Robert N. and Elizabeth B. Lindsay.  Literary Research and American Modernism Era. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2008.

McCaig, JoAnn. Reading In: Alice Munro’s Archives.  Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2002.

McKemmish, Sue. “Evidence of  Me…” Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  28-45.

Millar, Laura. The Story Behind the Book: Preserving Authors’ and Publishers’ Archives. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Press, 2009.

Momryk, Myron. “National Significance:  the Evolution of the Developments of Acquisition Strategies in the Manuscript Division, National Archives of Canada.” Archivaria 52 (Fall 2001):  151-174.

Overbeck, Lois More. “Researching Literary Manuscripts: A Scholar’s Perspective.” The American Archivist 56 (Spring 1993): 62-69.

Pavelich, David. “Lighting Fires in Creative Minds: Teaching creative writing in special collections.” College and Research Library News 71.6 (June 2010): 295-297, 313.

Reznowski, Gabriella. Literary Research and Canadian Literature. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2011.

Southcott, Margaret, et al.  “Theory, Practice and Pragmatism: Arrangement and Description of Personal Papers In The Mortlock Library Of South Australia.” Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  102-115.

Spoo, Robert E. “Archival Foreclosure: A Scholar’s Lawsuit Against the Estate of James Joyce.” American Archivist 71.2 (Fall/Winter 2008): 544-551.

Tector, Amy. “The Almost Accidental Archive and its Impact on Literary Subjects and Canonicity.” Journal of Canadian Studies 40 (Spring 2006): 96-108.

Tener, Jean. “Problems of Literary Archives: A Commentary.” Archivaria 18 (Summer 1984): 228-231.

Upward, Frank and Sue McKemmish. “In Search of the Lost Tiger, by Way of Saint –Beuve: Re-constructing the Possibilities in ‘Evidence of Me.”  Archives and Manuscripts 29.1 (May 2001):  22-43.

Van Ongeval, I. “Literaire archieven: de archivaris in dienst van de iteratuurwetenschap?” Bibliotheek – en Archiefgids 85.4 (July/August 2009): 18-22.

Van Vuuren, Melissa S.  Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910. Lanham:  Scarecrow, 2010.


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