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IFE, Barry William (b 1947)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP115
Held at: King's College London College Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: IFE, Barry William (b 1947)
Date(s): [1988-1995]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: approx 51 boxes, 5 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Ife | Barry William | b 1947 | Professor of Spanish


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 16th June 1947; educated at The Sweyne School, Rayleigh, Essex, 1958-1965; London College of Music, ALCM Diploma, 1965; King's College London, Spanish BA Honours (First Class) with French Subsidiary, 1965-1968 and M Phil Spanish, 1968-1969 and 1971-1972; Birkbeck College London, PhD, 1984.

Assistant Lecturer in Spanish, University of Nottingham, 1969-1971; lecturer in Spanish, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1972-1988; appointed Cervantes Chair of Spanish, King's College London, 1988; Head of the School of Humanities, King's College London, 1989-1996; Governor of the Royal Academy of Music, 1996-2004; Vice-Principal, King's College London, 1997-2003; Acting Principal, King's College London, 2003-2004; Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2004; received CBE in the 2000 birthday honours for services to Hispanic studies; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 for services to the Academy.

Publications include: Reading and fiction in Golden-Age Spain: a Platonist critique and some picaresque replies (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985); Letters from America: Columbus's first accounts of the 1492 voyage edited and translated by Ife, (London School of Humanities, Kings College London, 1992); Early Spanish keyboard music : an anthology in three volumes edited by Barry Ife and Roy Truby (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986). Ife also edited the Corpus of Contemporary Spanish, a machine-readable 5,250,000 word electronic database of contemporary Spanish language on CD-ROM, funded by King's College London Research Strategy Fund.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Barry Ife, [1988-1995] reflect Ife's academic discipline, Spanish studies, and his corporate responsibilities whilst at King's College London and his interest and specialisation in Spain and Spanish studies. Papers relating to Ife's role as lecturer in Spanish and Head of School of Humanities of King's College, 1988-1996, notably include papers regarding the development and use of the Corpus of Contemporary Spanish (CCS), edited by Ife. These include correspondence concerning the CCS with the Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies, 1993; from publishers and academic institutions including Longman group UK, 1990 and Collins bilingual, 1993, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1993, and The University of Sheffield School of Modern Languages and Linguistics, 1995; correspondence relating to the funding of the CCS, 1989-1992, notably concerning the Research Strategy Fund 1991 and the award of funds for the completion of the Corpus of Contemporary Castilian, a subset of CCS, 1992.

Computer printouts of terms and entries used within CCS, 1992; CCS financial accounts, 1993; technical handbooks for reference for use within CCS, including Living with the guidelines The first TEI European workshop 1-2 July 1991 Oxford Computing Service TEI EDW 21 An introduction to TEI tagging Lou Burnard and Michael Sperurg-McQueen, 24th June 1991; printouts of original and TACT mark-up language from CCS [1991-1994].

The collection also includes research papers used during the compilation of the CCS, including photocopies of Spanish journal articles, catalogued by Ife, 1990-1992.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Spanish.

System of arrangement:

Arranged in original order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Not available

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids exist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to King's College London College Archives, 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP115.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; Standard National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2008

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