Introducing PaxCat 2
Special Collections holds vast quantities of archives and other historic materials created or gathered by Commonweal Library which tell the stories of peace and nonviolent protest in Britain and worldwide. The PaxCat projects aim to make these rich resources available to the public.
In 2008 the first PaxCat Project was funded by the National Cataloguing Grants Scheme to describe the most significant Commonweal archives, including the Peace News Archive and archives relating to nuclear disarmament campaigns during the late 1950s and early 1980s.
However, many other archive collections were not covered by this project, nor was the "Commonweal Miscellany": pamphlets, journals, ephemera, “info files”, semi-published material, grey literature etc. These potentially significant resources remain inaccessible to the public.
In PaxCat 2, the Special Collections Librarian will look strategically at these collections, mapping and appraising them and using Quick Wins methods to make catalogues widely available as quickly as possible. As with PaxCat 1, this work will transform hidden collections into unique and distinctive treasures with huge potential for research, teaching and many other activities.
Paxcat 2 Progress
April-November 2013. All archives and miscellany are mapped and appraised. We have developed policies and procedures for the pamphlets and listed a significant number of them and are beginning to work on the ephemera, archives and other material.
We will resume work on this project in 2014.