Brent Kinser, associate professor of English and a founding curator of The Carlyle Letters Online, shared his experiences and challenges with that resource at the “Archival Uncertainties: International conference on literary archives” in April.
“At the conference, the directors of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium joined Sandra Tuppen, curator at the British Library, to discuss the challenges associated with developing the VLLC, which I co-founded with David Sorensen of Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia,” Kinser said.
Sorenson opened the paired-paper presentation with Kinser, speaking on the topic “Introduction: Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium.”
Kinser elaborated on what their presentations’ abstract described as “the challenges of intellectual property rights, digital access and preservation, literary archives and their reception, pedagogy and the classroom, and the contours of future collections.”
“In my portion of the talk I discussed the uncertainties related to the development of The Carlyle Letters Online,” Kinser said. “I have been working with colleagues at USC Columbia’s Center for Digital Humanities to migrate the CLO from Stanford to Columbia.”
Kinser enjoyed the opportunity to visit and speak at the conference. “It is always a wonderful experience for me to be in and work at the British Library,” he said. “As a Victorianist, it is the center of the intellectual universe – or one of them, at any rate.”