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Writers Without Borders: Creating Global Access to the PEN International and English PEN Records
James Kuhn, University of Texas, Austin

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New digital resources launch online for study of human rights (Blog Post)
Title: New digital resources launch online for study of human rights
Author: Harry Ransom Center
Abstract: Thousands of digitized records reflecting major historical events of the 20th century related to PEN International, a global writers’ organization, are available online beginning this month. A project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and completed by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has resulted in a new online finding aid for researchers, as well as access to teaching guides and nearly 5,000 digitized records.
Date: 11/01/2019
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Blog Title: Ransom Center Magazine
Website: Ransom Center Magazine

PEN Teaching Guides (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: PEN Teaching Guides
Author: Reid Echols
Author: Adrienne Sockwell
Author: Jennifer Follen
Author: Sarah Gutberlet
Author: Christopher Mendez
Author: Chido Muchemwa
Abstract: The PEN Teaching Guides contain materials for the use of instructors to support teaching on human rights, politics, literature, and cultural history. These materials include manuscripts, drafts, clippings, correspondence, official publications, books, posters, video recordings, and additional items from the PEN Digital Collections and related collections held at the Harry Ransom Center. These guides are designed to allow students to engage not only with evolving conversations surrounding human rights and free speech in the twentieth century, but also with landmark events and broad historical trends, from the rise of fascism in the interwar years, through the intensification of the Cold War, and into the era following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Year: 2019
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Audience: Undergraduate

PEN Digital Collections (Web Resource)
Title: PEN Digital Collections
Author: Harry Ransom Center
Abstract: PEN (originally P.E.N., an acronym for Poets, Essayists, and Novelists) is an international writers' organization with member centers present in over 100 countries worldwide. Founded in London in 1921 by Catharine Amy Dawson Scott, PEN began as a simple dinner club, meant to bring writers together to socialize and share ideas. Within a few years, the organization grew to include centers throughout Europe, and by the 1930s included centers in Asia and South America. PEN remains one of the top international writers' organizations in the world and its members continue to champion the organization's ideals: celebrating literature, defending free expression, protecting writers at risk, supporting writers in exile, and promoting linguistic rights around the globe. The PEN Records, 1912-2008 (bulk 1926-1997), occupy 362 boxes (153 linear feet) documenting the history and activities of the English PEN Centre and PEN International, as well as the formation (and sometimes dissolution) of other PEN centers around the globe. The PEN Digital Collection contains 3,500 images of newsletters, minutes, reports, scrapbooks, and ephemera selected from the PEN Records. To further enhance research, the English PEN newsletters (1927-1964) and minutes (1931-1970) have undergone OCR conversion to create full-text searchable documents, enabling users to locate names, events, and topics in their original chronological contexts and use that information much like an index into the rest of the archive.
Year: 2019
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PEN (Organization): An Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Center (Web Resource)
Title: PEN (Organization): An Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Center
Author: Anne Kofmehl
Author: Joan Sibley
Abstract: The records of the London-based writers' organizations English PEN and PEN International, founded by Catharine Amy Dawson Scott in 1921, contain extensive correspondence with writer-members and other PEN centres around the world. Their records document campaigns, international congresses and other meetings, committees, finances, lectures and other programs, literary prizes awarded, membership, publications, and social events over several decades.
Year: 1999
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