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

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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

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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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English Literary Heritage Conference: Registration Open

Registration for the English Literary Heritage Conference is now open.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the interpretation of literary heritage objects in archives, museums and literary houses. It aims to stimulate an inclusive discussion about new and innovative ways to preserve and exhibit literary manuscripts and objects, drawing on the expertise of academics, curators and archivists.  The conference is part of a project on “English Literary Heritage: Curation, Innovation and Outreach” at the Institute of English Studies.

The conference will take place on September 18 2015 at the University of London’s  Senate House. To view the full program and to register please visit: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/EnglishLiteraryHeritageconference.

CFP: Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA 7)

Following previously successful I-CHORA conferences in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010) and Austin (2012), the University of Amsterdam, Media and Information Program is pleased to announce the forthcoming seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives to be held in Amsterdam from July 29-31, 2015.

The theme of the conference is: Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories and Theories.  We invite proposals for papers that explore different ways of historicizing and theorizing recordmaking, recordkeeping, and archiving practices from a range of disciplinary perspectives and through the eyes of creators, custodians, and users.  Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-hidden (and not so hidden) histories of particular recordmaking and recordkeeping cultures and communities
-the making/unmaking/remaking of records in times of conflict and war
silences in the records
-communities and diasporas of records
-histories of archival concepts, functions, and methods through time and across disciplines
-user perspectives on the archive through time and across disciplines
-theorizing the history of archives in the wake of the archival turn
-historicizing and theorizing the archive and archives in the digital world

Proposals for papers should be made in the form of abstracts of 450-500 words and should be sent to ichora7-fgw@uva.nl by Friday, February 6, 2015. We will advise acceptance by early March 2015.

Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit their contributions for a peer-reviewed, post-conference publication on the theme of the conference.

Organizing and Program Committee
Fiorella Foscarini, University of Amsterdam & University of Toronto, Canada
Heather MacNeil, University of Toronto, Canada
Bonnie Mak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Gillian Oliver, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
Theo Thomassen, University of Amsterdam
Stefano Vitali, Soprintendenza Archivistica per l’Emilia-Romagna, Bologna, Italy