Job Announcement: Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project publishes The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., the definitive edition of King’s most historically significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, and unpublished manuscripts. The Project seeks a full-time research assistant to support and facilitate the publication of the documentary editions of the King Papers by: (1) conducting research necessary to prepare document annotations, a chronology of King’s activities, and the introductory essay for the manuscript of each volume, including but not limited to biographical, organizational, and microfilm-based research; (2) verification of accuracy of document transcriptions; (3) editing and proofreading the manuscript; (4) sorting incoming documents according to historical significance and priority for cataloguing; (5) acquiring documents for possible publication; (6) obtaining copyright permission agreements to publish documents and photographs in the volumes of King’s papers; (7) assisting in the compilation of the calendar of documents; (8) working with editors to ensure accuracy of web-based materials.

The position also includes working with the other research assistants to recruit, train, and coordinate student researchers; to help plan and implement the summer internship program; to assist in verification of data entry in the web-accessible database of King-authored and other historically relevant documents; process audio/visual materials for Project’s web-accessible database, including digitizing of audio/visual and print material for web access; to participate in planning Project events such as the annual King Holiday commemoration; and to carry out public relations tasks, including responding to outside research requests.

This is a two-year fixed term position.

To learn more about the position or to submit a resume and cover letter, visit

Use requisition IDs 68898 or 68900

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Call for nominations: Julian P. Boyd Award

The Julian P. Boyd Award committee solicits nominations for a recipient of the award for 2016. The award is presented every three years by the Association for Documentary Editing to a senior scholar in honor of a distinguished contribution to the study of American history and culture. The ADE’s highest award, it was established in 1980 and commemorates Boyd’s commitment to excellence and the breadth of his scholarly interests. Past recipients include Arthur S. Link, Harold C. Syrett, Fredson Bowers, Louis R. Harlan, Jo Ann Boydston, David R. Chesnutt, John Y. Simon, William W. Abbott, G. Thomas Tanselle, and the three members of the committee.

Nominations and supporting materials should be received by the committee no later than March 15, 2016. Nominations, supporting materials, and questions about the process may be addressed to:

Gary E. Moulton
1155 ‘Q’ Street, UNL
P. O. Box 880214
Lincoln, NE 68588-0214

From the committee:

Gary E. Moulton, chair
John P. Kaminski
Barbara B. Oberg

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Butterfield Award Nominations

The Lyman H. Butterfield Award committee solicits nominations for a
recipient of the award in 2016. This award is presented annually by the
Association for Documentary Editing to an individual, editorial project, or
institution for notable contributions in the areas of documentary
publication, teaching, or service.

Nominations should be made by letter. Supporting letters from members of the
Association are encouraged. All materials should reach the committee chair
by 15 May 2016, sent either by e-mail or by post to:

Esther Katz
Margaret Sanger Papers Project
New York University
838 Broadway, suite 838
New York, NY 10003

Thank you,

Esther Katz, chair
Cathy Moran Hajo
John Lupton
James McClure

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Third and final volume of Autobiography of Mark Twain published!

October sees the publication of the third and final volume of Autobiography of Mark Twain, chronicling the author’s inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads.

Created from March 1907 to December 1909, these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life: receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt; founding numerous clubs; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays; relaxing in Bermuda; observing (and investing in) new technologies. The Autobiography‘s “Closing Words” movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. Also included in this volume is the previously unpublished “Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript,” Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his “putrescent pair” of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residency.

Only partially published up to now, the whole Autobiography of Mark Twain has been critically reconstructed and fully annotated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project. At last it is made available as it was intended to be read.

The text of all three volumes, with annotations and full critical apparatus, is available at (no fee). Direct link to volume 3:

Print and epub are available from University of California Press:

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Final Volume of Robinson Jeffers’s Correspondence Published

The third and final volume Robinson Jeffers’s correspondence was published by Stanford University Press in August, along with a revised edition of the biographical introduction from Volume One.

The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, Volume Three: 1940–1962

Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet

Wall Street Journal review:

Congratulations to James Karman, Emeritus Professor, English, Comparative Religion and Humanities, California State University, Chico, on this accomplishment!

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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, 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.

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: 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 The prize will be awarded at the ADE annual meeting in August 2016. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY JANUARY 1, 2016.

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