Significance of Primary Records

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The texts that make up "Significance of Primary Records" were first published in Profession 95 (New York: MLA, 1995) 27–50.


  • Modern Language Association of America, Statement on the Significance of Primary Records 
  • G. Thomas Tanselle, Introduction
  • J. Hillis Miller, What Is the Future of the Print Record?
  • Susan Staves, Traces of a Lost Woman
  • Miriam Fuchs, The Diaries of Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Anthony R. Pugh, Manuscripts on Microfilm: The Disturbing Case of Proust
  • Manon Anne Ress, Twentieth-Century Undergraduates and an Eighteenth-Century Edition of Diderot’s Encyclopédie
  • Gregg Camfield, On the Importance of Judging Books by Their Covers
  • Catherine Golden, Rekindling the Reading Experience of the Victorian Age
  • Ruth Perry, Postscript about the Public Libraries