Archives and Manuscripts will publish a special issue on born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives in July 2019.
The digital revolution has profoundly affected the ways we encounter archival documents. Yet, archivists and literary scholars rarely "sit at the same table," and this lack of dialogue has an impact on issues of access, particularly in the case of born-digital materials. The special issue in Archives and Manuscripts will explore these issues, and attempt to find solutions that involve both archivists and scholars.
There is a possibility of producing an edited collection (e.g. Book) from a special issue with Taylor and Francis.
The list of contributors will be drawn from the participants at the two “After the Digital Revolution” workshops, funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award awarded to Dr Lise Jaillant. In addition, anyone else with an interest and expertise in born-digital records is welcome to submit an abstract for considera…
How can we improve the
preservation and access to born-digital records in literary and publishers’
archives? “there lie in his
hoards many records that few now can read, even of the lore-masters, for their
scripts and tongues have become dark to later men.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring While we still have letters, manuscripts and
other physical documents from the past centuries, we are in danger of losing
digital documents created in the last decade. Literary scholars rely on the
traces left by writers – from correspondence to drafts – which now take the
form of born-digital records. Publishing historians also need access to the
records left by publishing companies. Emails and other digital forms of
communication have largely replaced letters and memos, and yet, safeguarding
digital archives remains an enduring challenge for archivists. Electronic
records risk becoming unreadable due to rapidly changing formats and technologies.
Even when digital archives are actively pres…