PEN International and English PEN Archive to be Digitised by Harry Ransom Center
19 Apr 2017
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $195,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitise the PEN International and English PEN archives and make them available.
Professor Peter D. McDonald at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford is also currently working on consolidating PEN South Africa’s archive as part of a larger collaborative project about international writers’ groups and free expression. For more details, see
writersandfreeexpression.com, including McDonald’s interview with PEN SA President Margie Orford.
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the world’s leading archives of modern literature, will be using a $195,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a two-year project to organize, digitize and open the archives of PEN International and English PEN.
“At this time, when freedom of expression is in peril all over the globe, the support from the NEH to safeguard PEN’s extraordinary history in defending literature and the right to speak and write freely is vital,” said Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International, in a press release. “Over the past 100 years in every place where censorship has tried to quiet voices, PEN has worked to support both the individual and collective truth.”
Dubbed “Writers Without Borders,” the project will convert some 100,000 documents from the years 1912 to 2008; the documents address PEN’s core issues, including the plight of imprisoned writers, free speech and international human rights.
(Image courtesy of PEN International)