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Re: List changes (actually saving email- printing it out)



Hi all,
 I manage a rather large printing archive that covers the years from 1946
- 1984. It's the archive of the Trianon Press, in France, best known for
Wm. Blake reproductions by means of collotype printing and pochoir
coloring.
This press used printing methods that were not widely used in their day
and barely used today. There is basic information on the processes but
not much else and all of the craftsmen who worked on the books are dead.
The printed and letter documents that survived are invaluable in
explaining the processes, filling in gaps in the technical descriptions
that are available and giving some explanation to the colorist decisions
for the pochoir process. The written archive from the early years 1946-60
is so complete that the reader can get a very complete sense of the
writer just by reading the letters. The voices of the writers are very
clear because of the sheer amount of documentation from this period. Mail
in England and France was picked up and delivered 4-6 times per day. As
these people had an idea they wrote it down. It's an amazing collection of
correspondence that covers the starting of the press, the conditions in
England and France at the time, the labor shortages, the food and supply
shortages, the world market for books, just about anything that could
happen in the day to day life at that time.  By the 1960's the main
writers started getting telephones and calling became cheaper.
The written correspondence declined and so did the information that was
available to the reader. By the 1970's and 80's,the book projects are barely
sketched out on paper, business correspondence ( the plain boring form
kind) is now the main correspondence. For the reader it leaves something to
be desired.

My point is that the early written correspondence that survived is
invaluable in terms of explaning the times, the people, the processes, the
business, & the projects of the Press. It makes the archive, even though I
have 5 tons of other material.  E-mail, as wonderful as it is, may not
survive;  systems crash, servers crash, e-mail is because of electricity -
without it there is no e-mail or access to it. I've had the University
server crash and lost files. They couldn't be recovered. I hadn't printed
out the information & correspondence and learned a hard lesson. I worry
that future archives will be scanty, or unavailable because they were
on-line and the power went out or the server crashed or because of the
ease of e-mail that the writers didn't keep copies/back-ups printed or
electronic.

Maureen Carey
Trianon Press Archive
Univ. of Calif. Santa Cruz


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