ARST 596: SFU – Special Collections and Rare Books

Students interested in this project should complete the online application formĀ here, please cite the project number 2017-07. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Purpose of the project:
The project objective is to appraise, arrange and describe, and physically process the fonds of Canadian writer and editor Darren Wershler-Henry. Records include correspondence, manuscripts of all of his published work, and a significant amount of records in digital format. Wershler-Henry is a former Senior Editor of Coach House Books, and a frequent collaborator with other writers; as such, his archives contains a significant amount of correspondence with and work by other writers, including Bruce Andrews, derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Stephen Cain, Natalee Caple, Christopher Dewdney, Rob Fitterman, William Gibson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Barbara Gowdy, Michael Holmes, Adeena Karasick, Hal Niedzviecki, Michael Ondaatje, Mark Surman and Steve Venright.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
Appraise, arrange and describe, and physically rehouse records. Produce a finding aid for the fonds according to RAD standards using AtoM software. Make recommendations as necessary for the conservation and long-term preservation of material within the fonds, with a particular emphasis on material in digital format.
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
The final products will be a RAD-compliant finding aid in SFU AtoM, the records rehoused for long-term preservation, and recommendations for the preservation of digital records within the fonds
Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
No deadline.
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials
ARST 520 Selection and Acquisition of Archival Documents
ARST 587 Preservation

Recommended:
ARST 555 (3) The Preservation of Digital Records

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