The ALTA mss., 1978-2001, consist of programs and other materials relating to the annual conferences, and applications for travel fellowships to attend the meetings, 1994-1999, of the American Literary Translators Association. The Association was founded in 1978 and over the years has successfully established a meaningful and productive interaction between independent and academic translators. Through an annual conference, newsletters, and the publication of Translation Review, ALTA works to enhance the professional status of literary translators and to provide forums for the study of translation. It is the only arts organization in the United States dedicated solely to the issues of literary translation.
The conference files are arranged chronologically by year of the annual meeting. The first folder, however, contains only a list of the names and addresses of the charter members. The actual meeting files begin in 1979 and vary greatly in content. A few of the more recent conference files include photographs; some include board or business meeting minutes and copies of the newsletter discussing the conference; two or three have annual reports of the organization. For the 1997 meeting, the twentieth anniversary of the organization, there is also a video of the conference and four cassette tapes of panel sessions.
The travel fellowship files are also filed chronologically by application year and then alphabetically by applicant name within the year. Each year, except 1998, has a folder indicating the fellowship winners. There are no application files for 1997. A box and folder list is available.
Gift. American Literary Translators Association. 2003
Collection size: 300 items