(castigat ridendo mores). Mina de Malfois and the Fandom Preservation Project : comments.
Hi, Mina! 65-ish sounds like a nice reasonable number. Right now what we have are all the stories you yourself wrote, plus those from several others in the Minaverse, so something like 30 stories in all. Obviously we don’t want to archive and allow access to stories for which we don’t have permission, so we would like, obviously, to get all the Minaverse authors on board officially.
Thanks for being so amenable to this, Mina! We’re still having a lot of fun with this project – and you may or may not be happy to know that before long Mina de Malfois will not only be a BNF and inspiration to many, but enshrined in the Library of Congress as an authority record. Kind of geekily exciting, yes? ☺
Take care, Mina. Stay in touch!
Jeremy Brett, C.A.
Assistant Professor and Processing Archivist
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-5000
You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve.
-Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, December 24, 1798
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To: Jeremy Brett
Subject: Re: More word from TAMU [ mina_de_malfois - 39201 ]
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mina_de_malfoishttp://mina-de-malfois.dreamwidth.org/profile replied to a comment you left in a Dreamwidth entry "Mina de Malfois and the Fandom Preservation Project"http://mina-de-malfois.dreamwidth.org/39201.html. The comment they replied to was:
Hi! It’s been a while since we exchanged e-mails, but I wanted to let you know that here at Texas A&M we’re starting to move forward on actually building the Mina de Malfois Archive, where (hopefully) all the products of the Minaverse can live forever. I think I managed to make the rest of the team that will be working on this pretty excited – we’d already been working on archiving digitized fanzines, so they understood something about fannish culture already, but they all really had a ball with the meta nature of the Minaverse.
As we proceed, I’ll be happy to give you periodic updates, and of course I’ll let you know when the whole thing is ready to go. Obviously we won’t archive anything for which we don’t have permissions, so if you want to…um…gently encourage writers to get in touch with me and let me know that they’re OK with this project, I would deeply appreciate it.
Oh, I did have a quick question – I’m trying to get something like an exact number of MDM stories. Do you know, offhand, how many stories the Mina corpus has in total?
Thanks, Mina! I really love your work and I’m glad we have the chance to create a permanent digital archive for it.
The reply was:
Subject: Re: More word from TAMU
That's...a good question. Okay, let me think: there are the 30-odd stories I wrote (); another dozen or so by other people (listed here http://mina.sapphireisle.org/links.htm); Scifantasy's 15 Case stories (http://scifantasy.dreamwidth.org/tag/case); and 8 works listed at AO3 (http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Mina%20de%20Malfois/works), although at least two of them are listed at the Sapphire Isle page as well.
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