Review of The Pinckney-Horry Digital Edition

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ADE members will want to check out Lorri Glover’s recent review of The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry Digital Edition from The Public Historian (August 2013). An assessment of a “born digital” addition to the Rotunda digital universe, the review notes the interoperability with other Rotunda projects, including the papers of the Founding Fathers. While the founders wrote with a prescient grasp that their letters would be studied by future generations, Harriott Horry and Eliza Pinckney shared their letters with other kin and friends. Their letters, travel narratives and cookbooks span from 1739 through 1830. The revealing “relatively private writings of these women” crafted “a history lesson to transcend the centuries.” The reviewer claims that the Pinckney-Horry Edition, which required “imagination, collaboration, hard work, new skills, and a lot of money,” not only broadens access but also expands how historians undertake their work and how they think about the past. This “model of digital scholarship” with its smooth navigation, search filters, transparent methodology, and “crystal clear prose,” is, “in short, a wonder.”

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