Penguin Archive Project

Project start date: 2007-11 Project end date: 2012-04
The Penguin Archive Project is a four-year project with an aim to produce an on-line descriptive catalogue of the Penguin Archive, which will be launched on the web in due course and will continue to expand as the project develops. The project will also pioneer research in the archive, particularly in the areas of modern poetry, Penguin 'Specials' and their socio-political impact, and Penguin translations of the classics. Finally, the project has a great public and democratic aim, with events and exhibitions open to the general public, and 'Penguin days', which will explore aspects of Penguin for the reading public and the Penguin Collectors' Society.
Methods usedCategory
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
DocumentationStrategy and project management
General project managementStrategy and project management
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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Source material used:  
The Penguin Archive held in the University of Bristol Library Special Collections is the archive of Penguin Books Ltd. from its foundation in 1935 to the 1980s. It includes a wide variety of materials on the establishment and business life of Penguin Books Ltd., as well as social events, legal cases (particularly the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial of 1960), exhibitions on the company's history, and the private lives of prominent figures in the early history of the company, including Sir Allen Lane, Eunice Frost and Betty Radice. It also includes a large collection of Penguin books from 1935 to date.
Digital resource created:  
A fully-searchable, descriptive catalogue of the Penguin Archive hosted by the University of Bristol will be generally accessible online. This catalogue is to standard archival requirements and using CALM software.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
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Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Bristol

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:John Lyon, George Donaldson, Hugh Pemberton, Ika Willis
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Author(s) of recordJohn Lyon
TitlePenguin Archive Project
Record created2010-10-04
Record updated2010-10-04 12:12
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