Judith Peraino, Music; Tom McEnaney,Comparative Literature
Arts & Sciences
The project will involve the digitization of a collection of 1,800 punk music flyers owned by Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. The resulting digital collection will make a significant body of unique, ephemeral materials broadly available to scholars interested in the development of punk and post-punk music, culture, aesthetics, fashion, and politics from the late 1970s through the early 2000s. Cornell offers multiple courses that include punk music and culture. Punk studies have been on the rise in the academy for several decades, including the establishment of punk’s first peer-reviewed scholarly journal in 2011. This growth has prompted several academic libraries to begin building collections of unique documentation on punk (UCLA, NYU, Yale, Washington DC Public Library). None of these institutions have yet digitized any substantive portion of punk flyers, however. Cornell’s punk flyer collection would be the first digital collection of its kind.