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DepositIntroduction to Archives & Networks of Modernism

Archives & Networks of Modernism developed without any single authorial focus to address or collapse the plurality of Modernist and Late Modernist networks and archives. The collection instead adopts an international perspective, in particular where each network or archive intersects or interrupts the other. In this, it draws from the established tropes of the New Modernist Studies but often moving through somewhat less established locales, methods, figures, or paradigms.

DepositClimate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history. The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections. Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment. The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space. By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

DepositDevelopment of the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history. The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections. Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment. The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space. By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

DepositMapping Archival Silence: technology and the historical record

Recent theorizations of archival silence signal a heightened and expanding concern with information that is lost, concealed, destroyed or simply not available for scholarly use. As our access to the archive becomes more dependent upon technologies of the interface, scholars exhibit increasing concern about the impact of digital affordances and constraints on record-keeping, research and artistic production. As digital archives are technocultural artifacts, developments in the field of science studies can provide insight into the interdependence and coevolution of the social, cultural and material factors shaping archival silence. Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Bruno Latour and others have shown how machine and human agents form tightly linked networks that must be understood as dynamically integrated wholes. Digital archives lend themselves to this kind of exploration of the entanglement of matter and meaning; content and device, human and machine elements. We can thus understand digital archives not as singular physical entities, but as a set of possibilities shaped by the convergence of social and material factors.

DepositVisual Materials in the Archive: Determining and Maintaining Value in a Postmodern Climate

This paper engages with the existing body of archival literature that addresses what has been termed “documentary art” in order to address questions regarding the treatment of visual materials in archival practice and theory. It will also borrow and apply theories from the disciplines of material culture studies and art history in order to form a comprehensive understanding of the overall treatment of visual materials in a variety of collections. Through the lens of such theories, a discourse emerges that addresses the larger implications of the bibliographical treatment of visual materials within the archive, leading to the proposal of a solution to the problem of maintaining archival value in both physical and digital form.

DepositPatterns in the Court: The application of English Admiralty Court records to the study of C17th social, material and economic history

The records of the English High Court of Admiralty offer an outstanding primary source for the study of C17th social, material and economic history. The geographic scope of the Court’s jurisdiction was international, and the Court’s records are of relevance to the study of English, continental European, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Asian history. Substantial archival records of the Court survive at the National Archives, Kew, but have been relatively neglected by historians. The main reasons for this neglect hasve been a lack of metadata, poor finding aids and teh absence of published transcriptions. The MarineLives project was established in 2012 to collaboratively transcribe, annotate and link the records of the Court from 1650-1669. This seminar paper introduces the MarineLives project, presents and characterises the High Court of Admiralty archive, shows examples of research based on the archive, and suggests areas for scholarly research and collaboration