Assistant Editor, Washington Papers

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Editor of the Papers of George Washington documentary editing project. The editor will work full-time at the Washington Library within the editorial system and under the editorial direction of the Papers of George Washington documentary editing project based at the University of Virginia.

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a center for research and scholarship. The library’s collection contains a wide and rich array of resources covering George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, colonial America, the American Revolution, the confederation years, slavery, domestic economies, the early republic, life in the eighteenth century, decorative arts, and historic preservation. The library’s special collections include rare books, manuscripts, documents, and maps related to George Washington, his life, military career, presidency, and activities at Mount Vernon, as well as a substantial collection of Martha Washington papers, the Bushrod Washington Family Papers, and materials from other family members.

Requirements include:

  • Knowledge of modern standards of documentary editing
  • Knowledge of George Washington and early American history
  • Experience in documentary editing
  • Ph.D. in early American history or a related field is preferred

For more information and to apply see http://careers.historians.org/jobs/8399672/assistant-editor-papers-of-george-washington.

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Editorial Assistant Position, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time editorial assistant to begin work in fall 2016. Since its establishment in 1954, the Adams Papers has published fifty volumes of the diaries, letters, and other writings of the Adams family of Massachusetts; currently, we publish two series, Adams Family Correspondence and the Papers of John Adams. Work on the Adams Papers provides a unique opportunity to explore the fields of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century history through the correspondence and writings of one of America’s first families.

The editorial assistant provides editorial and administrative support for the project. Editorial duties include transcribing manuscripts, checking footnotes, proofreading, helping with indexes, undertaking minor research, updating the online catalog, and assisting in desktop publishing of the volumes. Administrative duties include correspondence, light event planning, assistance with grant reporting, file management, fielding reference questions and assisting researchers, and miscellaneous secretarial work.

Requirements include a BA in history or related field (MA or focus on early American republic a plus); editorial experience; familiarity with Microsoft Office; excellent organizational and time-management skills; capacity for detailed, accurate work; ability to work well with others in a small office. Familiarity with documentary editing and basic XML a plus. This one-year position is grant-funded and renewable subject to continued funding.

For more information on the project, see the Society’s website at www.masshist.org. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position to start fall 2016, if possible.

To apply, please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to ap_job[at]masshist[dot]org. Address materials to Sara Martin, Editor in Chief, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Editing Institute Graduates Class of 2016

IMG_2412_2 3Graduates: Rhonda Barlow, Debbie Bloom, Matt Cheser, Lauren Davis, Emily de Araújo, Jeff Ewen, Louie Gallo, Bryan Grove, Evan Habkirk, Elizabeth Kuehn, David Lai, Peter Luebke, John Lund, Heather McDaniel, Lisa McLeod, Andreas Meyris, Lynn Price, Michelle Ridout, Lauren Roedner, Tori Sciancalepore, Melly Scofield, Doug Winiarski.

Faculty: Amanda Gailey, Cathy Moran Hajo, Bob Karachuk, Esther Katz, Ondine Le Blanc (not pictured), and Jennifer Stertzer.

Guest presenter: Darrell Meadows.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the Association for Documentary Editing under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

For more on the Editing Institute, visit the ADE website at <http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=79> or e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at <ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org>.

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2016 ADE Seminar on Critical Issues—Advocacy

The Association for Documentary Editing will host a Seminar on Critical Issues—Advocacy on Thursday, 4 August 2016, from 2:10 to 3:45 p.m. at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. The seminar is offered in conjunction with the ADE’s 38th Annual Meeting, as a plenary session on the opening afternoon.

The 2016 ADE Seminar on Critical Issues—Advocacy is a collaborative learning exercise in which a panel of experts with varying experience will lead a general discussion on an important issue facing the documentary editing discipline. The seminar will approach the concept of advocacy in a broad manner: advocacy targeting Congress in both Washington and district offices, advocacy targeting state legislatures and humanities councils, advocacy targeting local audiences, advocacy targeting host institutions and administrators.

The goal is to help documentary editors learn how to promote their projects and their discipline to a variety of influential audiences in a polished and proactive manner. The seminar will address such questions as: What individuals or organizations ought to be educated about the value of documentary editing? How are they to be approached? What arguments might appeal to them? What strategies or concerns does the experience of both panelists and participants suggest?

As the different scenarios to be explored in the seminar on advocacy lend themselves to different speakers, we are assembling a panel of five experts. Each panelist will make a 10-minute presentation on their niche—Congress, states, local audiences, or host institutions—and then participate in the general discussion.

The panelists will include:

  • Lee White, Executive Director, National Coalition for History
  • Mary Jo Binker, Consulting Editor, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, George Washington University
  • J. Kent Calder, Acquisitions Editor, University of Oklahoma Press
  • Joshua J. Smith, Associate Editor, Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition, University of Western Ontario
  • Thomas P. Slaughter, Director, Seward Family Archive Project, University of Rochester

Lee White, who guided the design of the seminar, will also chair the panel.

The ADE Seminar on Critical Issues is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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Election of ADE Officers for 2016-2017

Posted on behalf of Connie Schulz:

The ballot for the 2016-2017 ADE slate of officers has been e-mailed to all ADE current members. Thank you to all of those who have returned their ballots. If you haven’t filled out your ballot and sent it to the ADE secretary (yes, digital submission is fine) there is still time up until July 29. If you believe that you are currently a paid-up member and did not receive an e-mail announcement of the annual election of officers and a ballot, please contact ADE Secretary, Connie Schulz, at cbschulz@bellsouth.net. AND if you have neglected to renew your membership – there is still time! The ADE membership form is available simply by clicking on the “Join the ADE” link next to this message.

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ADE 2016 Conference – hotel reservation deadline

Registration is open for the Association for Documentary Editing’s 2016 Conference, “Celebrate the Vibrancy of Documentary Editing,” to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 4-6, 2016.  The draft schedule is available here.

To register, please visit this page.  The deadline for registration is 18 July.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans.  For hotel and travel information, please visit this page.  The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is 15 July.

The conference will also feature a breakfast talk given by Erin M. Greenwald, curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection. She is curator and project director of the NEH-funded traveling exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865, which was originally on view at the Historic New Orleans Collection as Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865. Greenwald was also a co-organizer of the 2015 NEH-sponsored symposium “To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans.”

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans this August!

Jennifer Stertzer, Pam Pierce, Louis Gallo, Robert Haggard & Meg Henderson
2016 ADE Program and Conference Organizing Committee

 

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Documentary Editing at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute

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Since 2001, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), held annually in Victoria, B.C., Canada, has been an annual gathering of technologists, scholars, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students…and editors. For the past three years, Jennifer Stertzer and I, joined this year … Continue reading

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2016 ADE Registration and Program

We are pleased to announce that we have opened registration for the Association for Documentary Editing’s 2016 Conference, “Celebrate the Vibrancy of Documentary Editing,” to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 4-6, 2016. Links to registration, lodging, program, and other information can be found at http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=71.

To look at the complete draft program and complete the registration process, please go to http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=71. The deadline for registration is July 18th, but early registration is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans this August!

Jennifer Stertzer, Pam Pierce, Louis Gallo, Robert Haggard & Meg Henderson
2016 ADE Program and Conference Organizing Committee

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Editing Institute Announces Graduation Speaker for 2016

The Association for Documentary Editing announces the graduation speaker for the 45th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents to be held 31 July – 4 August 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The graduation speaker will be Esther Katz.

Esther Katz is Editor and Director of the Margaret Sanger Papers at New York University. She holds a B.A from Hunter College of the City University of New York and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from NYU. Since founding the Margaret Sanger Papers in 1987, Katz has published the 101-reel Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition (University Publications of America, 1996), the four-volume Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger (University of Illinois Press, 2007–2016), and two digital editions, Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel (nyu.edu/projects/sanger/documents/mswomanrebel.php) and the Public Writings of Margaret Sanger,  1911–1960 (sangerpapers.org/). Katz previously worked on the National Women’s Trade Union League Papers, the Papers of William Lloyd Garrison, and the Papers of William Livingston. She has also taught graduate seminars in historical editing and digital editing at NYU. A 1986 graduate of the Editing Institute, Katz served as a member of the resident faculty from 1999 to 2001 and as ADE president from 2003 to 2004. She received the ADE’s Lyman H. Butterfield Award in 2015 in recognition of her contributions to documentary publication, teaching, and service.

Katz will also join the resident faculty of the Editing Institute for the final two days of activities, including a session on the funding of documentary editions and the future of documentary editing. The resident faculty will include Cathy Moran Hajo, Jennifer Stertzer, Amanda Gailey, and Bob Karachuk.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the Association for Documentary Editing under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

For more on the Editing Institute, visit the ADE website at http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=79 or e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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Editing Institute Announces Resident Faculty for 2016

The Association for Documentary Editing is pleased to announce the resident faculty for the 45th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents to be held 31 July–4 August 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The resident faculty will include Cathy Moran Hajo, Jennifer Stertzer, Amanda Gailey, and Bob Karachuk.

Cathy Moran Hajo is the Editor of the Jane Addams Papers at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She holds a B.A. from Ramapo College as well as a certificate in archival management, an M.A., and a Ph.D. from New York University. Hajo was the Associate Editor of the Margaret Sanger Papers from 1989 to 2015, helping to edit the 101-reel Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition (University Publications of America, 1996), the four-volume Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger (University of Illinois Press, 2007–2016), and two digital publications, Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel (nyu.edu/projects/sanger/documents/ mswomanrebel.php) and the Public Writings of Margaret Sanger, 1911–1960 (sangerpapers.org/). With the Jane Addams Papers, Hajo is digitizing the microfilm edition and publishing the remaining three volumes in the Selected Papers of Jane Addams (covering 1901–1935). Hajo is also the author of Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916–1939 (University of Illinois Press, 2010). She teaches digital history at NYU and Ramapo College and digital editing at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. A 1990 graduate of the Editing Institute, Hajo served as ADE President from 2008 to 2009.

Jennifer Stertzer is Senior Editor of the Washington Papers, Manager of Digital Programs at the Center for Digital Editing, and Lecturer at the University of Virginia. She holds a B.A. from Florida State University and an M.A. from Appalachian State University. With the Papers of George Washington since 2000, Stertzer has served as project manager of the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, overseeing the conversion of print volumes into a single consolidated online edition. She is also spearheading the Papers of George Washington Financial Papers Project. A 2003 graduate of the Editing Institute, Stertzer served as ADE Secretary from 2008 to 2011 and is now ADE President-Elect.

Amanda Gailey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a faculty fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities there. She holds a B.A. from Phillips University, an M.A. from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Gailey has published several articles on nineteenth-century American literature and digital editing. She is the author of the book Proofs of Genius: Collected Editions from the American Revolution to the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and co-editor of the digital edition The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children’s Literature, 1880–1939 (childlit.unl.edu). Gailey has also contributed to the Walt Whitman Archive (whitmanarchive.org) and the Spenser Archive (spenserarchive.org). She co-edits the ADE digital journal Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing (www.scholarlyediting.org).

Bob Karachuk is Associate Editor and Project Co-Director of the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen at the University of South Carolina. Karachuk holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. from the University of New Orleans, and a J.D. from Tulane. At the Supreme Court Historical Society from 1999 to 2004, Karachuk helped to edit two volumes of the Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789–1800. At the Massachusetts Historical Society from 2007 to 2012, he contributed to the publication of two volumes of the Papers of John Adams and one volume of the Adams Family Correspondence. At Mississippi State University from 2013 to 2014, he served as lead editor of the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant and launched the Ida Honoré Grant Correspondence, 1889­–1893. A 1999 graduate of the Editing Institute, Karachuk is ADE Education Director.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the Association for Documentary Editing under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

For more on the Editing Institute, please e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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