19 Dec 2012
"The seminar, “Digital Scholarship in the Online Archive,” is important because Coates, Mandell, and McGrane describe ways that undergraduates can use existing digital archives. Too often, instructors are daunted by the prospect of undergraduate digital scholarship because it seems to require substantial digital work from scratch on the part of the instructor and student. Or it may be that undergraduate digital scholarship only seems possible at those institutions with a digital humanities initiative (like Hamilton College) or digital scholarship lab (like the University of Richmond). But, in fact, many digital resources are already available either openly online or through library subscriptions (see, for example, the resources aggregated by NINES); building projects on these resources is a significant skill in the digital age, whether we call that “remix,” “mash-up,” or “curation”. And such work develops literacy for archival work; as students become familiar with how digital archives are constructed, they are more prepared to do their own archival work."
See her full blog post here.
Thanks to @Alisonharvey_ for this.
29 Oct 2012
The candidate for the 'real' James Bond is "Forest Yeo-Thomas, a Second World War secret agent, codenamed ‘White Rabbit’, whose Special Operations Executive file was released to The National Archives in 2003."
"The latest collection of Security Service (MI5) files are made public today and the undoubted highlights are the ten personal diaries of Guy Liddell, Deputy Director General of MI5 during the early Cold War.
22 Oct 2012
Monroe dish: Peter Jewell Collection Bill Douglas Centre
...but what to do with all this critically can be daunting. How do you turn a bunch of interesting, fleeting, ephemeral stuff into something more concrete? The BDC’s curator Phil Wickham helps in explaining that the archive contains a history of film culture positioned in ‘the nexus between text and context’ where ephemera ‘can make meaning and create evidence’ (2010: 316). In considering that nexus, any research questions you take into the archive have to be broad enough to effectively accommodate the sometimes seeming randomness of what it contains, but structured enough to bring these material to bear on your project and its aims. My advice in this respect is to utilize the catalogue and squeeze as much info as possible out of it as possible to request the right things where you may be overwhelmed otherwise by a volume of materials, but also to utilize the archivist or curator wherever possible as a key resource—no one knows more about the collection that you’re using than them, after all.
- Wickham, Phil. 2010. Scrap books, soap dishes, and screen dreams: ephemera, everyday life and cinema history. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 8(3), 315-30.
11 Oct 2012
|The Cape Archives Repository of South Africa|
18 Sep 2012
30 Aug 2012
This is a fascinating project to conserve, digitally reconstruct, transcribe, and publish the manuscript known as the Great Parchment Book led by London Metropolitan Archives, with contributions from Derry City Councils Heritage and Museum Service, and University College London (UCL EngD VEIV Centre in collaboration with UCLDH).
The website describes the manuscript as follows:
12 Jul 2012
While the archive was original scheduled for auction, this was cancelled after a private contract was signed between the Indian ministry for culture and the auctioneers. The archive will now be held at the National Archives in New Delhi where it promises to offer new biographical source material for both figures.
20 Jun 2012
6 Jun 2012
Jeff Cowton discusses the composition of William Wordsworth's "The Prelude", describing the drafts and the Wordsworth Trust's plans for exhibits based on the drafts. Jeff attended the conference which was the starting point for this blog and enriched the discussion at the event, it is fascinating to hear in more depth about his and the Trust's work. To see a photograph of the manuscript and a transcription side by side click here
15 May 2012
Obviously, this is some great publicity for archives and heritage collections at the Uni where Carrie and I currently work and study (and as regularly as possible try to champion the collections), and draws attention to the excellent Du Maurier holdings we have here.
8 May 2012
Letters by Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Morley Callaghan were stolen from a Toronto book dealer in 1993. these letters are now estimated to be worth $1 million and the dealer believes they are still out there.
The letters discuss one of the most famous fights in literary history (are there many?) — a 1929 boxing match in Paris between Hemingway and Callaghan, during which Hemingway was bloodied, then knocked to the mat.
2 Apr 2012
Manuscripts Still Matter is the second conference of the UK Literary Heritage Working Group. The highly acclaimed first conference Manuscripts Matter, held in 2006, focused on collecting modern literary archives and included discussion about the loss of British archives to overseas buyers and the perspectives of institutions, dealers and creators of archives. Now, Manuscripts Still Matter will consider the situation for archival institutions, archive creators and a broad range of users given the changing financial and political climate since.
The day will begin with discussion of the situation for literary archives since 2005 and later sessions will consider the archives sector as a whole. The programme includes a session on the use of archives by the Creative Industries, which will include the British Library’s Artist in Residence, Christopher Green, and discussion of funding of the heritage sector with the Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Carole Souter, and others. An in conversation session with the poet, Wendy Cope and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, will consider the feelings of writers and poets on using archives, and seeing their own papers archived. Finally the programme will include a series of short presentations on different literary archive collections designed to demonstrate the vibrancy of the UK archives and manuscripts sector that the Working Group wishes to champion.
Conference fee includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.
27 Mar 2012
Using examples from John Betjeman’s poems and films about Devon, the talk will explore Betjeman’s preoccupation with the environments in which people live and interact. As well as being a best-selling poet, Betjeman was in demand as a radio and television broadcaster. In this illustrated talk, Dr Williams will argue that Betjeman used popular forms of expression to find a voice for the theme of public interaction that he wanted to protect in Britain’s towns and villages.
21 Mar 2012
The exhibition explores the links between landscapes and literary classics, showcasing archival materials that show how British writers have been inspired by and have shaped the nation’s understanding of place and landscape.
Other featured writers include Ted Hughes, Virginia Woolf, Chaucer, J G Ballard and Angela Carter.
The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival.
For more information on the BL website, click here. The exhibit will run from the 11th May.
20 Mar 2012
17 Mar 2012
The archive, donated by his son to the University of East Anglia, includes a large collection of letters, interviews and press cuttings. For more info, see the Guardian coverage and UEA pages.
2 Mar 2012
See a list of the tweets at - Storify
29 Feb 2012
Exeter is currently hosting Based on Baskin -- an exhibition of original prints by young people aged 13-19 years from across Devon, taking their inspiration from the work of Leonard Baskin, the poetry of Ted Hughes and the collaboration of these two artists.
The young people came to view original Baskin prints which are held in the Heritage Collections Department at the University and found out about more about both the printing processes he used, and his working relationship with Ted Hughes, illustrating poetry collections such as Cappricio and Crow.
The exhibition also offers the chance to see some reproductions of a selection of Leonard Baskin’s held within the University’s archives.
The project and exhibition are a collaboration between Double Elephant Print Workshop, the University of Exeter Arts & Culture Department and University of Exeter Art Society members, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
If you happen to be in Exeter, do drop by -- it's well worth a look, the launch on Monday was wonderful--some beautiful original work and great ideas about how to use the archive in original and creative ways.
For more information follow this link: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/arts/exhibitions/
The exhibition runs till the end of April and is held in Kay House, Duryard.
9 Feb 2012
So from my point of view, there is value in doing such a project; however, there are few questions which I hope this group can help answer.
1. What would be the general interest level be in this?Are there a lot institutions that use both tools now, or could such a product drive adoption of Omeka by folks currently using the AT?
2. Would there be interest in supporting this plugin on Omeka.net? I can even imagine a plan which would host both the AT database also.
3. And most importantly, what are the options available to found development/support of this work? Is there any small grants that could be applied for, or would users be willing to pay for this
31 Jan 2012
Merrythought (the boy who was always happy), the displays will give visitors a chance to see how boys and girls were depicted in rhymes, stories and illustrations from the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. The exhibition's new blog is can be found at http://girlsandboysinstoryland.wordpress.com/
20 Jan 2012
(Thanks to @wvmierlo for bringing this to our attention)
The project aims to to better understand paper composition and conservation by analysing paper specimens from 14th-19th centuries.
From the project website:
"Historical papers vary considerably in their present-day condition for reasons that are not fully understood. This website shares the results of research on 1,578 paper specimens made between the fourteenth and the nineteenth centuries. The papers tested were selected from collections at the Newberry Library and The University of Iowa, and were analyzed using nondestructive instrumentation. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Kress Foundation, and The University of Iowa provided funding support.
The results of this 2007-10 project show that the oldest papers are often in the best condition, in part, we believe, because they contain high levels of gelatin and calcium. “People often wonder why in the digital age we should be concerned about paper stability,” says principal investigator Timothy Barrett. “Artifacts on paper often contain valuable information related to human history that is not accessible in a digital image. Not only do these artifacts need to be preserved for future generations, but paper copies that can be read without electronic hardware will continue to be essential backups to the digital record long into the future.” The results of this research will be of special interest to paper historians, paper and book conservators, and producers of archival papers."
Press release: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2012/january/011712paper.html
13 Jan 2012
Peter K Steinberg is recording his experiences of working with the Plath archive at Smith on the blog - http://sylviaplathinfo.blogspot.com/
The posts include images, description of items in the archive, the general feeling of working with the papers, information about places she visited in the area and demonstrations of her typewriter etc.
Update from the Plath archive: Day 1
Recording his initial searches
Update from the Plath archive: Day 2
Including transcribing Plath's letters and and image of a greetings card in the collection
Update from the Plath archive: Day 3
A tour (with photos) of some of the places Plath visited and an image of her prom dress which is in the Smith collection
Update from the Plath archive: Day 4
Including a video of Peter typing on Plath's Royal typewriter.
See also Peter's records of his time at the Lilly Library, Indiana - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5
7 Jan 2012
The British Library currently has a free exhibition on Charles Dickens as part of the Dickens 2012 celebrations—which you’ve probably noticed merrily swamping the BBC over Christmas, with a pretty good adaptation of Great Expectations and a number of documentaries fromArmando Iannucci’s views on Dickens’ style to Sue Perkin’s wonderful programme about the long suffering and overlooked Mrs Dickens.
The British Library exhibit , titled ‘Charles Dickens and the Supernatural’, focuses on Dickens’ exploration of and relationship with supernatural phenomenon in his works, correspondence and writing, and showcases a number of prints, first editions, copies of the Victorian periodicals over which Dickens presided such as Household Wordsand All the Year Round, and original letters and illustrations from his works.
The exhibit space is fairly small in the Folio Society Gallery, but well worth a look if you’re around the BL, particularly for its display of the marvellously sensationalist penny magazines of Dickens youth, such as The Terrific Register, which covered everything from ghouls and ghosts to cannibalism and incest.
I also caught the Illuminated Manuscripts [not free] exhibition while there-- ‘Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination’-- beautiful and fascinating, especially one illustrated pilgrimage map, much like a medieval religious pop-up book, made into an interactive digital display enabling the viewing to chart the root through each intricate illustration and direction. Wonderful: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/royalman/about/index.html