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The Archive

The Lynn Book Projects Archive (LBPA) began as a digital scholarship initiative dedicated to preserving Lynn Book’s expansive body of creative work spanning 45 years. Primary research, support and development of the LBPA occurred between 2017 and 2022 and is indebted to many partnerships and contributors at Wake Forest University, as well as other individuals and institutions.

This Lynn Book Projects Archive site is currently comprised of over 2000 digitized artifacts, referred to as data, that have been selected from the larger body of over 7,000 documents and physical artifacts. The LBPA includes digital files from virtually all video tape and audio formats dating from 1978, as well as other diverse materials, including color slides, 8-millimeter film, photographs, drawings, sketchbooks and journals, and a range of documents and printed matter including performance texts, venue brochures and press reviews.

Given the scope of the data, its interdisciplinary, transmedia nature, and the complex questions surfacing from it, the LBPA has challenged standards of preservation, digitization and the creation of an archive typically imagined as authoritative, stabile, and academic. This challenge provided the stimulus for initial partners in the emerging center for digital scholarship at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University to develop new thinking and action plans for what has become the Lynn Book Projects Archive.