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Within the United States, the dynamic trade in literary papers began in 1955 and continues today. While each collection is as unique as the writer who created it, the market's overall shape and direction can be tracked to show how it evolved from a trade that cheaply met the needs of a new, larger generation of researchers following World War II into the multimillion dollar market of the present. Archival Bodies: The American Literary Collections Market since 1955 documents this history by identifying its stakeholders' previous and current needs to argue that in the future the market will consolidate around the most privileged members of each group of stakeholders in a phenomenon widely known as the Matthew Effect.
- User Experience in Modernist Archives and Special Collections (Forthcoming, Modernism/Modernity Future/Pasts)
Assessing the modernist archive requires finding it first. To expand on Huculak's piece, I want to turn the conversation from considering born digital preservation practices and digital humanities techniques to something perhaps more mundane, but just as fundamental: user experience (UX). The support provided by an archive or special collections includes how that repository makes its content findable by researchers. How findable that content is depends on metadata protocols, update schedules, as well as human and material resources. Then, UX comes into play. Is a repository's website designed to promote quick and easy searching? Archival literacy pedagogy is beginning to recognize how navigating the repository is a teachable topic, but would such intensive instruction be needed if the profession committed more of its admittedly limited resources to making collection guides more discoverable by non-professionals?