Archives and Copyright

David Sutton presenting at the 38th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, Thursday 4 April 2019.

ICA’s Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA) has taken a particular interest in copyright issues over the past ten years, and has worked jointly with other groups, notably the Diasporic Literary Archives Network, on copyright matters. Literary archives present typically more copyright challenges than many types of institutional archives, especially in respect of large correspondence collections which can have hundreds or even thousands of copyright holders in a single archival fonds. As a result, keeping involved in copyright issues has been a priority for the SLA

With this background in view, WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization, based in Geneva), as part of its consideration of possible copyright exceptions and limitations for archives, invited the SLA President David Sutton to prepare a background paper entitled Archives and Copyright, and to present it to the meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in early April 2019.

You can download David Sutton’s background paper on Archives and Copyright in either DOCX or PDF formats.

View video of David Sutton presenting the paper at the WIPO Assembly during the morning session of Thursday 4 April 2019.

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UNESCO SCEaR Newsletter

The latest Newsletter of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme’s Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) has recently been circulated.

It includes interesting articles on various aspects of Memory of the World, together with a feature report on Literary Archives in African Countries.

The whole SCEaR Newsletter is available here : SCEaR Newsletter 2018.

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L’ITEM et les manuscrits littéraires vietnamiens

Équipe Manuscrits francophones
Groupe Manuscrits littéraires vietnamiens
(Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes – ITEM)

La Bibliothèque nationale de France possède depuis 1998 un fonds d’archives de Pham Van Ky (1910-1992) qui fut des auteurs vietnamiens francophones le plus publié en France. Il obtint le Grand Prix de l’Académie française en 1961 pour son roman Perdre la Demeure.

Pham Van Ky

Les archives de Pham Van Ky, extrêmement riches, se composent de tapuscrits corrigés de romans, de poésies, de pièces de théâtre, d’essais qu’il nous paraît important de mettre en lumière et d’étudier. Pham Van Ky explore les confrontations culturelles entre Orient et Occident, les différents usages de la langue française, il cherche à mettre en valeur la culture asiatique au moment de la guerre du Vietnam.

Un groupe de travail est constitué pour procéder à une étude de son œuvre. Ce travail s’ouvre par le projet de publication, en 2018, d’un ouvrage collectif comprenant pour moitié des articles critiques sur les divers genres exploités par Pham Van Ky et pour moitié des textes inédits de l’auteur. Un projet plus large et conçu dans un temps plus long envisage de publier ses œuvres dans une optique génétique.

Le champ de recherche ainsi ouvert est appelé à s’élargir en direction d’autres auteurs vietnamiens francophones (Pierre Do Dinh, Ky Dong, Cung Giu Nguyen entre autres)

ITEM Paris

Responsable : Giang Huong NGUYEN

Membres :

Pham Van QUANG, Université des Sciences Sociales et Humaines de Hô Chi Minh ville

Mathilde AUBAGUE, Université de Bourgogne

http://www.item.ens.fr/groupe-manuscrits-litteraires-vietnamiens

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L’IMEC et le projet Archives éditoriales (Francophonie)

L’IMEC (Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine) est partenaire d’un des plus importants projets de recherche internationale sur le monde de l’édition actuelle. Le projet Archives éditoriales vise à encourager dans la Francophonie du Nord l’acquisition, la conservation (physique et numérique) et la valorisation des archives éditoriales, ainsi que l’analyse des documents d’archives des éditeurs de la francophonie québécoise et canadienne (https://archiveseditoriales.net/fonds-archives-editoriales/fonds-archives-quebec-canada) et européenne (française, https://archiveseditoriales.net/fonds-archives-editoriales/fonds-archives-france, suisse https://archiveseditoriales.net/fonds-archives-editoriales/archives-suisses et belge https://archiveseditoriales.net/fonds-archives-editoriales/fonds-archives-belgique), de 1945 à 2015. Les archives de l’édition recèlent une partie de la mémoire qui éclaire notre patrimoine collectif. Le partenariat réunit des universités (de Sherbrooke, d’Ottawa, de Liège, de Lausanne) abritant pour certaines des centres et des chaires de recherche, l’Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine et l’Association nationale des éditeurs de livres.

Découvrir Les Archives éditoriales : https://archiveseditoriales.net.

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Promoting SLA in Croatia

A new issue of the Croatian archives journal @rhivi has just appeared, and includes an article in Croatian about the work of ICA’s Section for Archives of Literature and Art.

Croatian-speakers can access the article here: @rhivi article: → Essay in Croatian about SLA.

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Like London Buses …

(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 were two.

In July 2018 we announced the publication of the collection of essays entitled The future of literary archives, published by Arc Humanities Press and Amsterdam University Press, with contributions from several SLA members.

And then in November 2018 we announced the publication of the special Literary Archives edition of the ICA journal Comma, published by Liverpool University Press.

I would like to thank all the SLA members who contributed to these two publications and helped to make 2018 such a good year for our Section. Best wishes to all for the December holiday season.

David Sutton
Chair / Président of SLA

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Literary Archives edition of ‘Comma’ published

We are pleased to announce that the special literary archives edition of the ICA journal Comma has now been published (November 2018). The online version can be accessed here. The contents are as follows:

* Preface

* Veno V. Kauaria and David C. Sutton: Literary archives around the world: the view from Namibia

* Heather Dean: Learning and teaching with literary archives

* Sebastian Gurciullo: Keeping born-digital literary and artistic archives in an imperfect world: theory, best practice and good enoughs

* Catherine Hobbs and Sara Viinalass-Smith: Outside the margins and beyond the page: complex digital literature, the new horizon for acquisition, conservation, curation and research

* Wim Van Mierlo: What to do with literary manuscripts? A model for manuscript studies after 1700

* Deborah Jenkins: Where are our heroes, martyrs and monuments? Archives of authors, publishers and editors from the Caribbean diaspora in London institutions

* Marta Fernández Campa: Literary correspondence: letters and emails in Caribbean writing

* Jens Boel and David C. Sutton: Archives at risk: addressing a global concern

* Marietta Minotos and Anna Koulikourdi: Management of archival literary sources: the Greek approach

* Katri Kivilaakso: Research, re-cataloguing and acquisition policy: new developments at the Archive of the Finnish Literature Society

* Т.М. Горяева: Архивы культуры в России

* Sara S. Hodson: Building on the Huntington Library’s literary foundation

* Luciana Negrini and David C. Sutton: A location list of literary archives in Brazil

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