Jane Addams Papers Opens at Ramapo College

Jane Addams, 1914 (Library of Congress)

Jane Addams, 1914 (Library of Congress)

I am very pleased to announce the opening of the Jane Addams Papers Project at Ramapo College of New Jersey. This new project, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, aims to publish documents from the second half of Addams’ life (1901-1935) in both digital and print publications.

The project opened its doors on September 1, sponsored by the College’s Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies. We recently launched a website janeaddams.ramapo.edu, and held an interest meeting to introduce the project to students, faculty and staff.

Our goals for this year are to develop a digital editing platform using Omeka and to begin publishing document images, transcriptions, and descriptive metadata.

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Lincoln Papers

A (bleak) update on the Lincoln Papers situation.


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David Chesnutt’s headstone

David R. Chesnutt, an early pioneer in digital humanities, died on December 15, 2014. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/MontgomeryAdvertiser/obituary.aspx?pid=173539919

He donated his body to the University of Vermont’s Medical School so he could continue to be of service to other – his commitment in life and death. As a result of his donation, he has no grave – no headstone. Instead of a headstone to mark David’s existence in the world, the University of South Carolina has established the David R Chesnutt Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at the USC Educational Foundation.

The scholarship(s) will provide support for promising students on the USC Columbia campus, at any level (undergraduate or graduate), to travel to conferences and workshops related to Digital Humanities. In keeping with David’s career in documentary editing and his work to develop ways to publish primary documents on the Web, eligible students’ work must involve electronic discovery, access, use, or interpretation of intellectually valuable primary documents.

The scholarship(s) will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Center for Digital Humanities’ Campus Advisory Board.

Officially the fund is known as: B11983 – David R. Chesnutt Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

If you want to contribute to the fund, write a check to the USC Educational Foundation and then add either the fund number or the name of the fund on the “memo” line of a check (or in an accompanying note) to ensure the gift will be properly deposited.

Send checks to the USC Educational Foundation, 1027 Barnwell St, Columbia, SC 29201.

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Civil War Governors of Kentucky Web Development RFP

The Kentucky Historical Society, through the support of the NHPRC, has issued a request for proposals for the development of “Early Access,” the first public web interface of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. Proposals are due October 1, 2015.

For more information and the full RFP, visit: http://civilwargovernors.org/early access-rfp/

Patrick A. Lewis Director, Civil War Governors of Kentucky

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Call for Nominations for Boydston Award

The Association for Documentary Editing invites nominations for the 2016 Boydston Essay Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best essay or review published anywhere between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, the primary focus of which is the editing of a volume of works or documents. The award carries a cash honorarium of $300. Eligible essays may have been published in digital or print journals, monographs, and collections. Please submit nominations and citations in the body of an e-mail and attach essays or reviews to be considered in MS Word . Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations or questions should be addressed to Helen R. Deese, the committee chair, at helendeese@comcast.net. The prize will be awarded at the ADE annual meeting in August 2016. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY JANUARY 1, 2016.

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NHPRC Strategic Plan

Kathleen Williams, Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, has asked ADE and its members to provide input to the Commission on its new draft strategic plan.  In her letter below she provides links to a YouTube presentation and to the National Archives blog where you can see the draft framework and post comments for the Commission.  In addition, ADE President Ted Crackel has asked me to head a committee of the ADE Council to draft a formal response.  You can send comments for the committee to my email, pisrael@rutgers.edu.  Note that the deadline for comments is 15 September 2015.

I encourage everyone to visit these links to learn more and to share your observations with the Committee.

Paul Israel
ADE Council

Here is the letter from Kathleen Williams:

Dear Association for Documentary Editing,

For the past 50 years the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has been awarding grants from the National Archives to projects that preserve and publish historical records. As we look to the future, we have begun the process of creating a new Strategic Plan, and we would like your help in setting a new course. We’re hoping to craft our programming to meet the current needs of the field and to best serve the American people.

We are contacting several organizations for their ideas and comments.After internal discussions at the National Archives and with the members of the Commission, we have drafted a preliminary set of goals, as follows: to make access happen, to involve more citizens more directly in the work of archives, to provide leadership through the National Archives, and to change our processes to increase our reach and leverage.

You can read this draft framework for the NHPRC Strategic Plan as well as view a short presentation on the NHPRC and the draft goals we’ve put together at the following you tube presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV2ZVLupFJ0

We welcome input from your organization and those you represent. There are several ways to share your thoughts:

ALL comments will be considered by the staff and the 15-member Commission. Our goal is to revise the current draft in September, so we will need your comments by September 15, 2015. 

Thanks in advance for assisting the Commission in this important undertaking. We look forward to hearing from you.
Kathleen Williams, Executive Director

Natl Historical Pubs and Records Commission (NHPRC)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 114
Washington, DC 20408
202-357-5263 (office); 240-338-2985 (cell)
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DiXiT Convention: Technology, Software, Standards for the Digital Scholarly Edition

Registrations are now open for the DiXiT Convention – Technology, Software, Standards for the Digital Scholarly Edition (The Hague, 16 – 18 September).

A detailed schedule, registration form and logistic info at http://dixit.huygens.knaw.nl/

Please note that registration is required and free of charge. One day of the Convention is dedicated to workshops; the registration for the workshops is open to everybody, but the number of participants is limited.

Keynotes will be given by Leo Jansen, editor of the acclaimed edition of Van Gogh’s letters, Laurent Romary, director of DARIAH, and Lorna Hughes, chair in digital humanities at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS).

The DiXiT project is an Initial Training Network funded under the European Commission’s Marie-Curie scheme. In the project a number of high-profile European universities and research institutions work together in training a new generation of digital scholarly editors.

The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands is organizing the first of DiXiT’s three conventions, September 16-18 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The convention will be an informal meeting where the DiXiT research fellows will present their first results in interactive sessions. We anticipate a lively get-together bristling with new ideas, and we hope that many of those working in the field of scholarly editing and digital humanities will gather here. In order to broaden the scope and diversity of the meeting, the convention organisers are issuing this call.

The meeting is preceded by two parallel workshops on September 15: Net 7 (Italy) runs a workshop about semantic enrichment of digital library content; Huygens ING runs a workshop on TEI and neighbouring standards.

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Editing Institute Graduates Class of 2015

2015 Editing Institute group portraitGraduates: Diane Biunno (not pictured), Mark Cheathem, Kerry Dahm, Cindy Damon-Bach, Andrew Fagal, Toby Gass, David Grua, Robb Haberman, Melinda Jetté, Mitch Kachun, Pat Kalayjian, Rachel Manuszak, Aaron McArthur, Chris Parsons, Pamela Pierce, Marc Rice, Nicole Robinson, Safa Saraçoğlu, and Sandra Standish.

Faculty: Cathy Moran Hajo, Bob Karachuk, Ondine LeBlanc, Beth Luey, and Jennifer Stertzer.

Guest presenters: Darrell Meadows and Dan Sack (not pictured).

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.

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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2015 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Social Media

2015 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Social Media
Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
17 June 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Ali Schwanke, Marketing Consultant & Strategist, instructor

This workshop is a skill-building, career-enhancing exercise that looks at social media as a set of professional tools for the marketing of documentary editing projects. It surveys the fundamentals of marketing through social media and examines a variety of social media platforms. Documentary editors who participate will learn how to position and promote their projects online to reach and build their target audiences there. They will learn how to strategize use of social media, differentiate between platforms, secure accounts, create content, manage workflow, and track success. By mastering the methods of social media marketing, participants will be able to make the most of a ready collection of tools to heighten awareness of their projects, maintain interest in them, and expand support for them.

Workshop Overview:

I. Marketing fundamentals for social media

  1. Product, market positioning, target audience, tactics and strategies
    • Hands on application: market positioning and target audience

II. Introduction to social media platforms

  1. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Slideshare, YouTube
  2. Selecting names/URLs & securing platforms
  3. Purpose/audience for each
    • Hands on application: writing social media posts

III. Workflow and tracking

  1. How to create a content calendar to simplify your posting of content online
  2. Simple steps to maximize advertising opportunities
  3. How to track your success
    • Hands on application: 3 metrics to track for success

Participation in the workshop is limited to 20 people, with enrollment on a first-come, first‑served basis. Admission costs $30, which is due at the time of registration and is nonrefundable.

Registration for the Career Skills Workshop is separate from registration for the annual meeting. To register, visit the ADE website at http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=1617.

For more information, e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

The 2015 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Social Media is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives.

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis

Congratulations to Lynda Crist and her team – Volume 14 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis has been published, completing the edition.  Project resources are being folded into those of Fondren Library and the Woodson Research Center (Special Collections), Rice University, and are still open for research.  The website (https://jeffersondavis.rice.edu) is active and will be administered by the Woodson archivists.  LSU Press will consider digital publication now that the print edition is complete.

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