Business meeting of the Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA), 25 November 2017

A Business Meeting of the Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA) will be held at the International Council on Archives Annual Conference in Mexico City.

The meeting, organised by the SLA Committee, is open to all SLA members and to all ICA members who are interested in attending.

When: Saturday 25 November 2017, 16:15-18:00 p.m.

Where: Auditorio Alva, Archivo General de la Nación, Ciudad de México

Download meeting agenda (PDF 373 KB)

Post on behalf of Heather Dean, Secretary, Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA)


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ICA’s Mexico conference goes ahead as planned

Secretariat Announcement. The ICA Secretariat has announced that, following a review of the situation in the aftermath of the Mexico City earthquake, the ICA Conference in Mexico City will go ahead as planned next month.  Read the official announcement here.

Registration. Registration will be seen as a form of solidarity with our Mexican colleagues, and, in recognition of the recent uncertainties, Early Bird Registration has been extended to 20 October 2017.

SLA Business Meeting. The Section’s business meeting, open to all ICA members, will be held in the Auditorio Alva of the Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), at 16.15 on Saturday 25 November 2017. An agenda will be circulated shortly.

SLA Session. The SLA session on Caribbean literary archives is in the conference programme, at 16.30 on Monday 27 November 2017.

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Où se trouvent les archives littéraires?

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IMEC: Les collections 

La bibliothèque de Bourges: ‘Les archives littéraires d’Alain-Fournier’

Lise Archambault: ‘Le rapport des archives littéraires au numérique’

Jacinthe Martel et collaborateurs: ‘Les archives du vent (2)’


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Imaging Imperialism: symposium in Malta

The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) Symposium ‘Imaging Imperialism’, will be hosted by the National Archives of Malta (at Triq L-Isptar, Rabat, Malta) on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27th October 2017.


The development of audiovisual technologies coincided with British imperialism in such a way that the height of the empire is documented in drawings and photographs while motion picture captured the end of empire and the birth of newly independent nations across the world. Audiovisual materials are therefore important resources for the study of imperialism in the modern period, its pretensions, impacts, legacies and contemporary manifestations. This one day symposium will explore the preservation and use of audiovisual archives across the Commonwealth, with a focus on what they can tell us about the nature and vestiges of imperialism.

SLA hopes to be represented at the symposium, and encourages members to register. The registration page is here.


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Literary Archives on the ESARBICA Agenda

At the upcoming conference of ESARBICA (the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives), Lilongwe, Malawi, 7-11 August 2017, SLA President David Sutton will give a keynote speech on methodologies for collecting literary manuscripts in African countries.

Drawing upon the work done by Diasporic Literary Archives Network and SLA colleagues with partners in Namibia (see the earlier post on Namibia here), he will cover topics including the relevance of personal papers to national heritage; collecting strategies; working with literary authors and their heirs; international comparisons; copyright issues; and institutional co-operation; and will offer the partnership of the Diasporic Literary Archives Network and SLA to any other African country which wishes to follow the Namibian example.

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Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association – fellowships in Digital Humanities

The Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association is a consortium that brings together the research activities of three significant institutions: the German Literature Archive Marbach , the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel. Collectively these institutions are custodians of collections spanning more than 500 years of German and European literature, ideas and culture. Supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the association provides the framework for research work on three projects

The three institutions are calling for applications for several fellowships in the field of Digital Humanities, ideally lasting six months (at least three, a maximum of twelve). The programme is open to all disciplines and is directed towards young scholars (graduates at Master level) from Germany and abroad. Applicants must be working on a project linked to the interests and collections of at least one of the three institutions and make use of methods and techniques from the Digital Humanities (for example, Markup Methods for Electronic Editions, Stylometry, Topic Modelling, Visualisation). Prospective applicants should contact the relevant collection department for further information on the holdings of interest prior to preparing an application.

Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach | Postfach 1162 | D-71666 Marbach am Neckar
Tel. +49 (0) 7144/848-103

Klassik Stiftung Weimar | Postfach 2012 | D-99401 Weimar
Tel. +49 (0) 3643/545-579

Herzog August Bibliothek | Postfach 1364 | D-38299 Wolfenbüttel|
Tel. +49 (0) 5331/808-237

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend (€ 1,200 for graduates, € 1,800 for postgraduates); an additional travel allowance will be granted. The particular institution will support the fellow’s project with its own expertise and in finding suitable accommodation (guest houses may be available). Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the particular institution and to participate in scholarly exchanges. The fellows are required to reside in Marbach, Wolfenbüttel or Weimar respectively. Unless otherwise stated, the general terms and conditions of the individual institutions apply.

Application deadline: 15 July 2017 (for a fellowship beginning at the earliest on 15 October 2017)

Applicants will need to submit the following documents:

  • application form
  • résumé/curriculum vitae and certificates
  • brief description of the research project (2 to 5 pages)
  • a letter of recommendation concerning the research project (please request that the letter of recommendation be sent directly to the institution)

Please send your application documents and enquiries to the institution from which you are requesting the scholarship.

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International Archives Day, 9 June 2017

Celebrate International Archives Day! June 9, a day of international celebration. Archives represent an unparalleled wealth. They are the documentary product of human activity and as such constitute irreplaceable testimonies of past events. They ensure the democratic functioning of societies, … Continue reading

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