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Modern Literary Archives

"Frog-Pond-Plop" by dom syvlester houedard. With kind permission of the Community at Prinknash Abbey.

"Frog-Pond-Plop" by dom syvlester houedard. With kind permission of the Community at Prinknash Abbey.

Welcome!

The Collection of Modern Literary Archives at the University of Manchester Library (UML) is of international importance. It provides excellent sources for anyone with an interest in 20th- and 21st-century literatures in English.

The Modern Literary Archives Programme was established in 1991 under the auspices of The John Rylands Research Institute. Its purpose is to:

  1. foster and promote the learning and enjoyment of modern, recent and contemporary literature amongst members of the public, special interest groups, school pupils and teachers, students and scholars in Higher Education from Britain and abroad;
  2. support the research, teaching and learning of the staff and students of The University of Manchester;
  3. make the Collection accessible by providing: a reader and enquiry service; exhibitions; tours; seminars; lectures; poetry readings, and other events;
  4. collect archives and manuscripts in the field of modern literatures in English as described in the JRUL's collecting policy;
  5. care for the Collection of Modern Literary Archives to approved professional standards of stewardship;
  6. offer advice to professional peers in other organizations relating to literary archives and manuscripts curatorship and take an active part in the work of GLAM (the Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts).

If you would like information or advice about the Modern Literary Archives Programme or if you would like access to the Collection of Modern Literary Archives contact:

Stella Halkyard (email address: stella.halkyard@manchester.ac.uk)

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