A News article which promotes the WCP and encourages people to report any Wallace correspondence held in 'obscure' collections to us, has just been published on the Natural History Museum's website. It is entitled "Missing Wallace-Darwin letters search is on" and it can be read here:- http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2011/august/missing-wallace-darwin-letters-search-is-on102142.html
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After about a year of discussing and exploring a variety of different options, ARW's grandsons John and Dick, and myself, George Beccaloni, finally decided how to manage the copyright of ARW's unpublished works (such as his letters and notebooks). This is important to the Wallace Correspondence Project and to all others who would like to publish transcripts, images etc of these manuscripts. On Sunday July 31st 2011 I met up with John and Dick in Lymington and the three of us signed a legal contract in which we agreed the following:-
As mentioned in an earlier post, our project Archivist, Anna Mayer, unfortunately had to leave the project. We re-advertised the position and had 72 applicants for the job, five of whom we interviewed on Monday. We are very pleased to announce that we offered the position to Caroline Catchpole, who is at present coming to the end of a contract as Project Record Officer in the Archives and Information Management team at King's College, London.
The Harvard interns (mentioned in previous posts) finished the work they were doing for the WCP last Friday. I have now had a chance to look at what they did and to draw some interesting conclusions for the WCP from it.
First some facts and figures: The students worked for the WCP 6 hour day for 10 days. Five of them transcribed letters and they managed to transcribe a total of 202 of these, which had a combined total of 766 pages. These letters took 300 person-hours to transcribe, so were transcribed at a rate of 0.67 letters per hour, or 2.55 pages per hour.
A nice post about the work which the seven Harvard interns have been doing for the WCP has just appeared on the NHM Archives & Library Blog:- see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/library/blog/2011/07/13/behind-the-scenes-harvard-helps-to-uncover-wallace
We were extremely delighted to hear earlier this week that Sir David Attenborough has enthusiastically agreed to become the Patron of our project. Sir David, who needs no introduction, is a great admirer of ARW, as he recently revealed in a BBC Radio 4 programme about Wallace in the series "David Attenborough's Life Stories". Sadly this programme is no longer available to listen to, but here is a quote from the programme's website:
Seven undergraduates from Harvard University, USA (Eric Chen, Alyssa Botelho, Alexandra Bradbury, Mary Griffin, Antone Martinho, Will Murphy and Michael Truong) began working for the project today. They will be based in the Reading Room of the NHM's General Library for two weeks transcribing some of the Museum's Wallace correspondence plus his two address books.
On Monday 4th July seven students from Harvard University will be working for the project for two weeks transcribing some of the NHM's Wallace correspondence plus ARW's two address books. They have been kindly sent our way by my colleague Dr Andrew Berry (more about them and their work in a future post). In order for them to do their work I needed to complete work on a new version of the project's transcription policy - which I have just done..
Job Title: Wallace Correspondence Project Archivist
Salary: From Â£ 27,339 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 16 month fixed term appointment (with possibility of extension of a further twelve months)
Closing date: Wednesday 13th July 2011
Interview date: Thursday 25st July 2011