Managing Literary Manuscripts: Identification, Arrangement, and Description

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 

Archival control practices for literary collections include practices such as calendaring individual letters chronologically to creating hierarchical series organized by literary genre. This workshop covers the identification of literary manuscripts - from notebook ideas, drafts, galleys, and page proofs to blue lines—and examines options for how these collections should be arranged and described. Hands-on exercises are designed to identify various states of literary manuscripts and to provide ample time for discussion of arrangement options in developing a processing plan. The day's work fosters an appreciation of literary research methods and an understanding of literary manuscripts as evidence of the creative process.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the most common stages of production, from manuscript draft through published work
Distinguish the differences and similarities between literary manuscript collections and historical archival records
Understand a conservative approach to appraisal issues for literary manuscripts
Recognize archival descriptive standards and evaluate options in level of detail for description
Decide on an arrangement strategy for literary collections
Identify preservation issues that are unique to literary manuscripts
Build a processing plan that relates identification of the literary manuscripts to arrangement and description decisions
Who Should Attend: 

Processing archivists without literary manuscripts experience, new archivists who work in repositories that collect literary papers, and manuscript curators who are new to processing archival collections. Some familiarity with arrangement and description is recommended.

“This course is vital to anyone working in special collections and archives with literary collections. For others in the field, the course is an introduction to materials which are less familiar but important to recognize.” —Mindy Gordon.
“The kits were an amazing tool, beautifully produced and an invaluable hands-on exercise.” —Tanya Hollis.
“Discussion was most valuable to me. It applied our own situations, experience.”
“I enjoyed the explanation of the genres and versions of information comprising literary manuscripts.”
“Excellent, comprehensive handout.”
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