Job Opening — Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  The KHS mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

KHS is seeking an assistant editor to join the professional staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition.  This is a federally-funded, time-limited position, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The assistant editor will work directly with the project’s director and staff in Frankfort, as well as conduct independent research trips to locate, control, and scan documents held in repositories across the nation. The assistant editor will be responsible for transcription, markup, proofing, fact-checking, and research for annotation, and will share responsibility with the project‘s director for overall editorial consistency of the edition.

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG -K) is a multi-year documentary-editing project dedicated to locating, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing documents associated with all five of the state’s Civil War governors, including the three Union governors, Beriah Magoffin (1859-62), James F. Robinson (1862-63), and Thomas E. Bramlette (1863-67), and the two provisional Confederate governors, George W. Johnson (1861-62) and Richard Hawes (1862-65). This edition will focus on the period between November 1860, the date of Lincoln’s election as president, and the end of December 1865, roughly corresponding with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery.  Each of these national milestones signaled a sea change in Kentucky’s political and social order.   Groundbreaking in its conceptualization, CWG-K will provide new ways to look at the society of this era. CWG-K is endorsed by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. To learn more about the digital edition, go to civilwargovernors.org.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • M.A. in history; and
  • Valid driver’s license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Ph.D. with research specialization in 19th century U.S. history.
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of or experience with documentary editing or digital humanities.
  • Proficiency with XML markup, particularly TEI encoding.

Starting monthly salary is $3,084.06.  Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan.  This is a full-time position located in Frankfort KY.

To apply, e-mail complete dossier, including cover letter, c.v. or resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a short (20-30 printed page) writing sample (all files in MS-Word or PDF format), to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.

Application deadline is May 1, 2015. Anticipated start date is June 16, 2015. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

To learn more about the Kentucky Historical Society, go to http://history.ky.gov.

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Editing Institute Announces Resident Faculty for 2015

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) is pleased to announce the resident faculty for the 44th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents to be held 13–17 June 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The resident faculty will include Cathy Moran Hajo, Ondine Le Blanc, Jennifer Stertzer, and Bob Karachuk.

Cathy Moran Hajo is Associate Editor and Assistant Director of the Margaret Sanger Papers at New York University. She holds a B.A. from Ramapo College of New Jersey as well as a certificate in archival management, an M.A., and a Ph.D. from New York University. With the Sanger Papers since 1989, Hajo has helped to edit the 101 reels of the Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition, the four volumes of the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, and two digital publications, Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel and the Public Writings and Speeches of Margaret Sanger, 1911–1960. She plans to begin work as editor of the Jane Addams Papers in the fall of 2015 at Ramapo College, pending funding. Hajo is the author of Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916–1939. She teaches graduate courses in digital history at both NYU and William Paterson University. A 1990 graduate of the Editing Institute, Hajo served as ADE President from 2008 to 2009.

Ondine Le Blanc is Director of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. At the Massachusetts Historical Society since 1997, Le Blanc has helped to publish diaries, journals, notebooks, memoirs, autobiographies, and other documentary editions. She served as project manager of the Adams Papers Digital Editions, overseeing the conversion of thirty-five separate print volumes into a single consolidated online edition. She is managing a similar effort for the six volumes of the Winthrop Papers. Le Blanc is ADE Treasurer.

Jennifer Stertzer is Senior Editor of the Papers of George Washington 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 sixty-two separate print volumes into a single consolidated online edition. She is also spearheading the Papers of George Washington Financial Series. A 2003 graduate of the Editing Institute, Stertzer served as ADE Secretary from 2008 to 2011 and is now ADE Webmaster.

Bob Karachuk is Associate Editor 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. He has also completed the course work and general exam requirements toward a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. 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.

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

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NEH Summer Institute for two and four year college instructors

“TRANSCENDENTALISM AND REFORM IN THE AGE OF EMERSON, THOREAU, AND FULLER”
(www.concordnehccha.org)
July 12-25, 2015

Spend two weeks in historic Concord, Massachusetts immersed in this topic with senior scholars (see reverse for names), including two Pulitzer Prize recipients. Additionally:

  • Participate in field study at historic sites and homes
  • Conduct research in prestigious archives at the Concord Free Public Library, Concord Museum, and Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors on teaching and research projects

Application deadline: March 2, 2015

For application guidelines and details about NEH Summer Institutes, visit

http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes.

View the flyer for additional information!

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Symposium: Toward a new social contract between publishers and editors

The Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and the Humanities is presenting a one-day symposium at Grenoble, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme on 26 January 2015. The program, which will be audio registered, will be live streamed at:  http://www.msh-alpes.fr/en/direct_amphi.  For the full programme, click on the programme-poster

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Editing Institute Welcomes Applications for 2015

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) welcomes applications for the 44th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, to be held 13–17 June 2015 at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is an annual five-day workshop for individuals new to the field of historical documentary editing. With the needs of the participants as a guide, experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles and practices of documentary editing and insight into the realities of work on a documentary edition.

Documentary editing is the craft of preparing historical writings or literary works for publication in print or online. The goal is to produce an authoritative edition of the material, with an accurate transcription of the original manuscript and an editorial framework that facilitates understanding of the text and context.

Participants in the Editing Institute might be joining the staff of an existing documentary editing project or launching their own. Since its inception in 1972, the Editing Institute has trained more than 500 individuals. These include not only full-time documentary editors but also college and university faculty and graduate students, archivists and librarians, government historians, public historians, and independent scholars.

The 44th Editing Institute will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Joint Conference of the ADE and the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS), which will be held immediately following the Editing Institute, 17–20 June, also at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The Editing Institute charges no tuition, and travel stipends will be provided to eligible participants living outside the Lincoln area. Admission, however, is competitive. The deadline for applications is 1 March.

For an application or more information, please e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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.

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Research Editor, Washington Papers

**Please note that this posting is distinct from the posting for an Assistant Editor, posted on Dec. 30, and two Research Editors, posted January 6.**

Research Editor, Washington Papers

The Papers of George Washington invites applications for a Research Editor whose primary purpose is to assist with aspects of preparing volumes for digital publication, including Word-to-XML conversion, hand encoding, index integration, and proofreading. The position also involves maintaining the Project’s digital assets and assisting editorial staff with computing issues as well as occasional historical research pertaining to the Digital Edition’s cumulative index.

Required: Master’s Degree in History, Library and Information Science, or a related field; some experience in digital documentary editing or digital humanities. Skills in organization, planning, editing, proofreading, research, and computing; and attention to detail and ability to work with deadlines. Proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Word and oXygen.

Preferred: Skills in indexing and advanced research; and proficiency in Filemaker, Adobe Dreamweaver/Fireworks, WordPress, and Drupal.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, and complete contact information for three professional references by February 28, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Search on posting number 0615648.

Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to: sld4k@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Job Openings – Research Editors, Washington Papers

**Please note that this posting is distinct from the posting for an Assistant Editor posted on Dec. 30. In sum, the Washington Papers is hiring one Assistant Editor and two Research Editors.**

Research Editors, Washington Papers

The Papers of George Washington documentary editing project at the University of Virginia is seeking to hire two full-time Research Editors to work on the Papers of Martha Washington and the Washington Family. Working in conjunction with an Assistant Editor, and under the supervision of the Project Director, the Research Editors will be expected to conduct archival research and travel for the identification and copying of relevant documents, transcribe and correct transcriptions of eighteenth and nineteenth-century manuscripts; research and write annotation, proofread, index and conduct related activities.

Required: a Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field; skills in organization, planning, editing, proofreading, research, and computing; and attention to detail and ability to work with deadlines. At least one year of experience in historical research and editing or a related field is required.

Preferred: a Master’s degree or higher in history or a related field; experience in documentary editing and eighteenth-nineteenth century American history. Experience or interest in the digital humanities, and in the history of women, African Americans, culture, society, and/or economics is preferred.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, writing sample and complete contact information for three professional references by February 28, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Search on posting number 0615647.

Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to: sld4k@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Time to renew your ADE membership!

Time to renew your ADE membership!  The membership year runs from January 1 – December 31 annually.  You can renew online using PayPal, or you can print out a paper form and mail your dues and membership form (Word | .pdf) to the ADE Secretary, Constance B. Schulz, History Department, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.  While renewing – consider making a donation to one of the ADE funds:  the General Fund, the Boyd Award Fund, the Boydston Award Fund, or the Fund in Memory of Sharon Ritenour Stevens.

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Job Opening – Assistant Editor, Washington Papers

Assistant Editor, Washington Papers

The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia invites applications for an Assistant Editor position to work on the Papers of Martha Washington and the Washington Family beginning July 1, 2015. This appointment will be at the Lecturer level; full-time, twelve month, renewable (contingent on continuing funding and satisfactory performance) non-tenure track position. The project, previously engaged solely in publishing a scholarly, annotated edition of George Washington’s public and private papers, has expanded in scope to include the papers of Martha Washington and selected members of the Washington and Custis families. These will appear in a comprehensive digital edition, with a comprehensive letterpress edition of the Martha Washington Papers and a selected letterpress edition of the family papers. Responsibilities of the Assistant Editor include archival research and travel for the identification and copying of relevant documents, transcription, annotation re
search and writing, proofreading, indexing, and related activities.

A MA in History, American Studies or a related field combined with extensive documentary editing or related research is required and a PhD is preferred. Excellent editing, research and writing skills, a collegial spirit and a commitment to documentary editing as a career is preferred. Strong candidates will specialize in early American history, preferably including the history of women, African Americans, culture, society, and/or economics. Interest and experience in digital humanities is a bonus.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, writing sample and complete contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Search on posting number 0615552.

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New courtship letters from the 1840s South

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January 1, 2015

The Belles of Williamsburg

The Courtship Correspondence of Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristrim Lowther Skinner

1839-1849

Edited by Mary Maillard

ebook ISBN 978-0-9917893-1-3 January 2015

$35.00 from Kindle, iBooks, Kobo

The Skinner Family Papers project is pleased to announce the publication of its third ebook of antebellum letters selected from the Skinner Family Papers housed at the University of North Carolina’s Southern Historical Collection.

With a uniquely organized name index and extensive annotations, The Belles of Williamsburg: The Courtship Letters of Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristrim Lowther Skinner 1839-1849 sheds new light on the complex social, familial, and romantic elements of antebellum courtship in a decade not well represented among available primary sources.

Belles framed

A fascinating family story emerges from these documents, unique in its depth, scope and continuity. The detailed descriptions of everyday life challenge our contemporary ideas of belles and debutante balls, redefine this society within the context of a devastating economic collapse, and dispel the Gone With the Wind myth of a languid planter class basking in sun-drenched abundance.

The Belles of Williamsburg completes the antebellum ebook series launched in 2014 with On the Carpet: The Coming of Age Letters of Penelope Skinner 1832-1840 and Albemarle Son: The Coming of Age Letters of Tristrim Lowther Skinner 1833-1849.

Mary Maillard’s monograph, A Map of Time and Blood: An Introduction to the Skinner Family Papers 1826-1850 presents an overview of the Skinner family of Edenton, North Carolina, spanning the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. As Maillard explains, the Skinners’ attitudes towards slavery were complex, contradictory, and conflicted, particularly in that the family had evolved in three generations from antislavery Quakers to slaveholding planter elites.

Eloquent and considered, the letters are a pleasure to read and would appeal to students, historians, and non-academics interested in the South and its history.

Contact: Mary Maillard mjwmaillard@gmail.com

 

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