Stage/Training course - Cataloguing and promotion of the Martin Stone collection (French illustrated poetry, 19th-20th centuries)


    Fonction/métier :  A définir

    Durée :   3 mois

    Type d’employeur :  Organisation internationale

    Date limite de candidature :  01/05/2019

    Date de prise de fonction :  01/07/2019

    Rémunération :  N/A

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Nom de l'employeur : Cambridge University Library

Adresse : Collections and Academic Liaison, Cambridge University Library, CB3 9DR CAMBRIDGE


Cambridge University Library has just purchased a collection of 230 French illustrated poetry books ranging from 1841 to 1970 and beyond. They were collected by Martin Stone, an English guitarist as well as rare books dealer and collector who passed away in 2016. The collection consists mainly of outstanding first editions, many of which printed on special paper and containing signatures and dedications by and to prominent figures of the Parisian art world (Cocteau, Apollinaire, Marie Laurencin etc.). It is very strong from a literary perspective, with major or lesser-known French and Belgian poets, ranging from Symbolist and Decadent writing to the 20th century Modernist avant-gardes, which reverberated across the globe. The collection includes appealing editions illustrated by famous engravers like Odilon Redon or Félicien Rops. Text and image relations have become the focus of much academic interest in recent decades, and the inscriptions to the early owners of the books are revealing about the transitional literary and artistic networks of the time. A few items are very rare and do not feature in the BnF (or any other) catalogue. In addition to this, many books refer to LGBTQ+ issues (Renée Vivien, Jean Lorrain, Claude Cahun’s partner), which would be a very a very good ground for innovative Queer approaches to this collection.The Decadent, fin de siècle, Modernist movements quickly spread around the world (Latin American, China, Africa etc), and this collection crystallizes highly interesting authors from the margins as well as from the centre of the artistic capitals (Paris, Brussels) of the time.

The intern’s main role will be to catalogue the newly acquired collection (in MARC and RDA), to classify and assign classmarks to the materials, and to ensure the safe long-term storage of the collection by boxing materials ready for shelving. He.she will promote the collection by social media, primarily via the Cambridge University Library European collection blog. He.she can also potentially be involved in a small-scale display of the collection.

Over the course of his.her internship, the student will be part of the Collections and Academic Liaison team and will have the opportunity to visit the different Cambridge University Library departments (including Photographic studio and Digital library, Conservation, Scholarly communications, etc.).

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Connaissance des règles de catalogage (MARC, RDA, ISBD punctuation) et/ou expérience de catalogage
Maîtrise de la langue anglaise
Intérêt pour une collection littéraire et poétique à caractère historique.
La date d’entrée en fonction est flexible, à convenir entre le stagiaire et la bibliothèque d’accueil.