Directory of Literary Archives

Directories of Literary Archives and Sports Archives

As reported in the recent ICA publication Flash 36, SLA Secretary Heather Dean has prepared a proposal to ICA’s Programme Commission (PCOM) for a thoroughgoing revision and updating of our World-Wide Directory of Repositories holding Archives of Literature and Art. And the excellent news is that PCOM has agreed the proposal and the associated funding in full. This will enable us to employ a part-time worker on this mini-project, starting very soon and extending into 2019.

Any SLA member with suggestions for updating and improving entries in the Directory for any particular country should contact Heather Dean directly with the information or suggestion. A wonderful article about literary archives in Greece, for example, in the upcoming special literary issue of Comma makes it clear that our Directory entries for Greece need to be reviewed. And we need to reflect the work on literary archives (discussed at the recent SCOLMA meeting) in Botswana, Cameroon, Malawi and Namibia.

On 8-9 October 2018, the conference of SPO (the ICA Section for Sports Archives) will be held in Girona. SLA will represented at that meeting and there will be an agenda opportunity for the discussion of general principles in the constructing of archival directories, and also whether the SLA literary directory could provide a model for a future SPO sports directory.

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SCOLMA Conference on African literary archives

The conference of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) will be held at the University of Birmingham, UK, on Monday 10 September 2018, with the subject of African literary archives, and the pleasing title of Things come together?

The conference will range over topics including papers of literary authors from South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi; the African literary archives which are owned by institutions in the USA and the UK; and SLA’s work on literary archives in Namibia and Cameroon.

The conference programme can be found here.

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SLA in Yaoundé, November 2018

ICA Annual Conference 2018, Yaoundé

The Annual Conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA) for 2018 will take place this November in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, with the main conference being held at the Yaoundé Conference Centre (Palais des Congrès de Yaoundé) on the 26-28 November 2018 and the business meetings of ICA (Executive Board, Section and Branch meetings etc.) in the days beforehand. Although the Executive Board has previously met in Tamanrasset, Algeria (2009) and Arusha, Tanzania (2017), this will be the first time that ICA has held a full conference in Africa. The theme of the 2018 conference will be “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage”.

The monument to the reunification of Cameroon

The work of SLA on literary archives in Cameroon and literary archives in Namibia will be showcased during the conference, and a varied and interesting session has been put together by the conference organisers for Tuesday 26 November, including African literary archives, African football archives, and the musical heritage of Cape Verde.

We hope that as many SLA members as possible will take the opportunity to visit Yaoundé and to attend the ICA conference.

The four presentations on 26 November will be as follows:

* Literary archives in Cameroon (David Sutton)
* Le maillot des Lions Indomptables du Cameroun: une archive alternative (Narcisse Ekongolo Makake)
* The Morabeza music of Cape Verde (Jantje Steenhuis)
* The Messi-Chitalu goals landmark controversy: a case for records keeping in international sports archives (Francis Garaba)

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‘The Future of Literary Archives’

The long-awaited collection of essays reflecting the work of the Diasporic Literary Archives Network has now been published. Entitled The Future of Literary Archives (edited by David C. Sutton and Ann Livingstone), the book is published jointly by ARC Humanities Press and Amsterdam University Press. The contents reflect many of the themes and challenges which were pursued and developed by the Diasporic Literary Archives Network, and it is indicative that the book’s Index, in addition to referencing the many literary authors cited, has multiple entries for concepts such as “the politics of location”, “archival ethics”, “archival return” and “appropriateness of location”. Other major themes of the book include the market in literary archives, archives at risk, publishers’ archives, the particular case of Caribbean archives, digitisation and digital archives, the collecting of emails, translators’ papers, appraisal and selection, and cataloguing challenges.

The full list of contents is as follows:
* David C. Sutton: ‘Introduction: Literary Papers as the Most “Diasporic” of All Archives’
* Alison Donnell: ‘Caribbean Literary Archives and the Politics of Location: Challenging the Norms of Belonging’
* Maureen Roberts: ‘The Huntley Archives at London Metropolitan Archives’
* André Derval: ‘Conserving Private Literary and Editorial Archives: the Story of the IMEC’
* Jennifer Toews: ‘Migration, Freedom of Expression, and the Importance of Diasporic Literary Archives’
* Jens Boel: ‘The Universal Dimension of Diasporic Literary Archives’
* Veno V. Kauaria and David C. Sutton: ‘Namibian Literary Archives: New Beginnings and a Possible African Model’
* Sophie Heywood: ‘Francophone Archives at Risk’
* Daniela La Penna: ‘Italian Literary Archives: Legacies and Challenges’
* Trudy Huskamp Peterson: ‘Unknown/Unknowns and Known/Unknowns’
* Andrew Nash: ‘Publishers’ Archives, Authors’ Papers, and Literary Scholarship’
* Serenella Zanotti: ‘Diasporic Archives in Translation Research: A Case Study of Anthony Burgess’s Archives’
* David C. Sutton: ‘Conclusion: The Future of Literary Manuscripts – An International Perspective’

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International Archives Day 2018

9th June is the date of International Archives Day 2018.

All ICA members are invited to participate in IAD 2018, which is also ICA’s 70th birthday.

The IAD 2018 Communication Kit is available here.

David Sutton
Chair / Président
ICA – SLA

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Meetings of other ICA Sections in October 2018

SLA members may be interested in the upcoming meetings of our friends in two other ICA Sections.

SUV (the Section on University Archives) will be holding its conference in Salamanca, from 3-5 October 2018, with theme ‘What value do historical records in university archives add to universities’. See 2018 ICA/SUV Conference‐XXIV Jornadas CAU.

SPO (the Section on Sports Archives) will be holding its meeting a few days later, on 8-9 October 2018, in Girona.

SLA expects to be represented at the SPO meeting in Girona and to engage in discussions about matters of mutual interest, including directories of relevant repositories and collecting personal papers – sporting and literary.

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ICA’s 70th birthday

At the most recent meeting of the ICA Executive Board, held at the Château de Vincennes, on the outskirts of Paris, on 19th and 20th April 2018, all members of ICA were invited to use the official logo to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organisation (1948-2018). The logo can be downloaded here.

The 70th year of ICA will be marked with the first ICA Annual Conference to be held in an African country. All SLA members will be warmly welcomed at the Annual Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where the conference will be held from 26-29 November 2018.

We hope at the Yaoundé meeting to report back on progress with the SLA-led work on literary archives in Cameroon.

Please contact David Sutton – d.c.sutton@reading.ac.uk – if you wish to discuss the logistics of attending the Yaoundé conference, contributing to the programme, and/or meeting other SLA colleagues there.

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