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Nicola Wilson's picture
Authored by Nicola Wilson

As we look to expand the transatlantic dimensions of the MAPP database over the next three years with new materials from American publishing archives, I’ve been assessing the evidence we have currently in the database regarding the Woolfs’ correspondence with American publishing houses. 

 

The Hogarth Press worked with various publishers to produce American editions of Hogarth Press texts. The American book-market (then as now) was an important source of income to British authors and publishers, and the potential sale of English-language book and magazine rights to the States is a significant part of author/publisher correspondence. Early C20 American readers were generally more likely to buy rather than borrow new books (unlike British audiences), and British publishers were keen to tap into the sales potential of the much larger American reading public. 

Holly Vestad's picture

Upon opening the new folder of images to which I am adding metadata for MAPP, I am greeted by the first image, a profit and loss statement typical of the Hogarth Press. It looks similar to the other profit and loss statements I’ve encountered from the publishing house, comparing the projected printing, distribution, and advertising costs to estimated book sales, an indication of Leonard Woolf’s reputed business mind. The numbers look innocent, routine, safely unremarkable. But upon encountering the second letter written by Leonard, I am struck by how the tone of those initial calculations transforms: “I have just the courage to suggest that we might use Christian names,” Leonard proposes in brackets at the end of the letter’s greeting line. The author to whom he writes is Mrs.

Helena Clarkson's picture
Authored by Helena Clarkson


As an archivist working behind the scenes on the MAPP project, I am fortunate to be able to catalogue to item level - this means instead of generally describing a batch, or series of correspondence, I have the opportunity to read and describe every letter within a folder. Often, I have the chance to discover interesting aspects about certain folders. It is a privilege to catalogue the chosen MAPP folders to this kind of specific detail. Until we upload folders on to the site, only readers visiting the reading room, or those granted access to digital copies, will view certain Hogarth Press files and have therefore been able to read individual records within the correspondence folders.

 

Alice Staveley's picture
Authored by Alice Staveley

This summer, Lily Nilipour and Khuyen Le, Stanford undergraduates working in English, Comparative Literature, and Symbolic Systems, worked remotely for Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) to help the MAPP team think about a redesign of the website.  They did a fantastic job, and here is their blog post on the process of reenvisioning a site to help our viewers and users navigate it better.  Next phase for the MAPP team will be working out implementation. Stay tuned for exciting changes coming in 2020-2021!

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Claire Battershill's picture
Authored by Claire Battershill

The question of interfaces can be a vexed one for digital projects. Research-based projects are often discouraged from focusing too much on interface design, especially because digitization, robust metadata schema and creation, and careful archival description tend to be investments that can last for decades, whereas interfaces change with rapidly shifting tastes, softwares, and design trends. Data is usually exportable and transferable to a variety of formats, whereas the way a site looks is often locked into its particular instance of a content management system. Custom design can be very expensive, and it’s difficult to justify a high cost for a component of the project that may not last long.

Helena Clarkson's picture
Authored by Helena Clarkson

 

As a project archivist working on MAPP, with this blog I hope to introduce myself, and to reveal some of the behind the scenes work taking place whilst we build this digital archive.

From the beginning I've been very excited by this project.  The aspect that I admire most about it is that one of its aims is to break down barriers for its audience. For an archivist, access is vital. A digital archive has far less restriction placed upon it, whether due to the fact there are no geographical boundaries, or a permissions process for users to pass through. This has great implications for researchers and the public.

Helen Southworth's picture
Authored by Helen Southworth

Doing some day-to-day editing work for MAPP, I find myself trying to track down a “dummy or mock up” (a lorem ipsum or placeholder copy) of Libby Benedict’s The Refugees (1938), once owned, according to my own cryptic notes from a while ago, by Williams College in Massachusetts. Libby Benedict’s biography has just appeared at MAPP, authored by eminent Woolf scholar Diane F. Gillespie, Professor Emerita at Washington State University, home to the Leonard and Virginia Woolf Library.

Alice Staveley's picture
Authored by Alice Staveley

Helen Southworth and Nicola Wilson were interviewed about Woolf and the press for an episode of French Culture, part of a series of programs hosted by Italian/French novelist Simonetta Greggio.

Take a look and listen!

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/grandes-traversees-virginia-woolf-la-traversee-des-apparences/devenir-editrice-et-feministe-tuer-lange-du-foyer

Alice Staveley's picture
Authored by Alice Staveley

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, we're excited to be hosting at Stanford University a companion conference to the June conference held at Reading University, on Women/Gender Minorities in Print/Publishing in the 20th Century.  This conference coincides with the annual MAPP group meeting and celebrates MAPP's new phase of development for which we have won a second round of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the form of an Insight Grant (2018-2023).  

Nicola Wilson's picture
Authored by Nicola Wilson

We are delighted to share the programme for the Women in Publishing symposium at Reading next month, Thursday-Friday 13th and 14th June.

It is free to attend but places are limited - please contact Dr Sophie Heywood if you would like to attend (also stating any dietary or access requirements)

 

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