[Msa-discuss] Modernist Journals Project

Gregory Castle dedalus at asu.edu
Fri Mar 30 18:35:04 EDT 2012

An embarrassment of digital riches. Thanks for making it all available.
Le dea-mh¨¦in,
All the best,

Gregory Castle
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Arizona State University
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From: msa-discuss-bounces at muse.jhu.edu [mailto:msa-discuss-bounces at muse.jhu.edu] On Behalf Of Cliff Wulfman
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 3:25 PM
To: Carrie Noland
Cc: MSA Discuss
Subject: Re: [Msa-discuss] Modernist Journals Project

May I take this opportunity, Carrie, to augment Bob's announcement with another? 

Princeton University Library has also been awarded a two-year grant from the NEH to inaugurate the Blue Mountain Project (http://diglib.princeton.edu/bluemountain/), a project to create digital editions of avant-garde arts journals produced in Europe and North America between 1848 and 1923.  Blue Mountain draws on the depth of Princeton¡¯s collections and the expertise of its staff to bring curators, librarians, scholars, and digital humanities researchers together in order to create a freely available, trusted digital repository of important, rare, and fragile texts that both chronicle and embody the emergence of cultural modernity in the West. In its mission statement, the Blue Mountain Project outlines its scope and goals:

¡¤       Blue Mountain will concentrate on, but not be limited to, the scarce and ephemeral texts of the period between 1848 and 1923: journals, magazines, manifestos, and other publications which, taken together, underlay the emergence of modernity in Europe and the Americas.

¡¤       Blue Mountain will focus on no single nation, but will strive to encompass publications in all languages. By creating machine-readable transcriptions of these texts, we will expose them to increasingly sophisticated machine-assisted translation tools that open them to students and scholars from many countries and disciplines.

¡¤       Blue Mountain believes society benefits from open engagement with its past and is therefore committed to making cultural-heritage materials freely available to all.

¡¤       Because the publication history of many of these texts is obscure, and because the location, condition, and completeness of remaining holdings are imperfectly known, Blue Mountain will support, foster, and promulgate bibliographic histories and make them available in discursive and encoded forms.

¡¤       Blue Mountain will be an active participant in the evolving relationship among scholarship, curation, and technology. In adhering to standards and best practices of scholars, librarians, and information scientists, Blue Mountain will maintain a cyberinfrastructure that ensures long-term preservation and access independent of content-delivery software and supports data exchange among projects and disciplines.

The Blue Mountain project is, naturally, adamantly and explicitly in partnership with the MJP.  Blue Mountain will share its English-language journals with the MJP, and the projects will continue to consult one another actively as they refine their technical infrastructures to facilitate interlinking and cross-searching. Doing so is part of their common mission to support scholarship and teaching with the best materials and methods available.

The project has already digitized two magazines, Pan and Ver Sacrum; these can been explored at http://diglib.princeton.edu/bluemountain/.  Once funding begins, expect more materials, more information, and a better website as the project gets under way.

Clifford Wulfman
Coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives
Princeton University Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544
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Cliff Wulfman
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On Mar 30, 2012, at 5:59 PM, Carrie Noland wrote:

	Thank you for letting us know.  I wonder, though, as a scholar of French
	modernism, why no French periodicals are included.  The journals of the
	interwar period in France badly need to be better circulated.  Significant
	organs like --Volont¨¦s-- (where C¨¦saire published the Cahier, and of which
	Eug¨¨ne Jolas was an editor) should also turn up on the Modernist Journals
	website.  As should --Cahiers du Sud--, --Fontaine--, --Soutes--,
	--Commune-- ...

		This is wonderful news indeed!

		On Mar 30, 2012, at 4:45 PM, Mark Morrisson wrote:

			That's terrific!  Congratulations, MJP. What a wonderful resource

			these magazines will be.


			At 04:08 PM 3/30/2012, Scholes, Robert wrote:

				FYI, MSA members:The Modernist Journals Project has been awarded a

				two-year grant of $270,000 from the National Endowment for the

				Humanities to digitize substantial runs of five American journals:

				McClure's (1901-1910), The Smart Set (1913-1922), The Masses

				(1911-1917), Camera Work (1903-1917), and The Seven Arts

				(1916-1917). The grant will be administered by the University of

				Tulsa, and the work will be done at both Brown and Tulsa.

				Best wishes,



				Robert Scholes

				Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media

				Co-Director, Modernist Journals Project

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