Call for Papers – 2014 ADE Annual Meeting

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The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for its 36th Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, July 24-27, 2014 at the Seelbach Hilton.  Conference information will be posted at as it becomes available.

Through its annual meeting, the ADE promotes cooperative networking and the exchange of ideas among editors who employ critical thinking and technical skills to present original texts to diverse audiences in a variety of formats. Members of the Association work with documents from the broad range of human experience, encompassing public papers, private correspondence, literary manuscripts, graphic images, and music.

The Program Committee welcomes submissions for presentations on all aspects of documentary editing and textual scholarship, including but not limited to editorial practice, theory, varieties of texts, collaboration, uses of edited documents in K-12 curricula, and publication. Proposals for individual papers are welcome. If you are interested in proposing a complete panel, please consult with the program chair before preparing your submission. Program participants do not have to be members of the ADE. The Program Committee encourages submissions by students.

With funding by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Association offers additional opportunities in Louisville in conjunction with the annual meeting: the Institute for Editing Historical Documents, to be held July 20-24 for individuals new to the practice of historical documentary editing.  Experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles of their field and insight into the realities of their work. For more information, contact Bob Karachuk, Education Director, Association for Documentary Editing, at

This year’s annual meeting will include a full session devoted to poster presentations. This session will enable editing professionals, students, teaching faculty, and independent researchers to showcase their projects or present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Participants will have the option of making their posters available on the ADE’s website before the meeting. Recognition will be given at the meeting to the best posters by students. (See below for tips on creating a poster presentation.)

To propose a paper or poster, send an abstract of no more than 250 words to the chair of the Program Committee at no later than February 1, 2014. Please include a brief c.v. or biographical note and your address, email, and phone number.

The Association will award a limited number of travel grants to defray part of the expenses for program participants who are members.

To join the ADE, see

John A. Lupton, Program Committee Chair

Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission

Program Committee:

Amanda Gailey, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Nebraska

Paul Israel, Thomas A. Edison Papers, Rutgers University

Beth Luey, Editorial Consultant

Daniel W. Stowell, Papers of Abraham Lincoln


Tips for Creating a Poster Presentation

Poster sessions, which have long been a feature of scholarly conferences in the sciences and social sciences, are becoming more common at conferences in the humanities. Several institutions offer helpful tips. Some examples are: (University of Wisconsin). (Bates College). (Stanford University).