Sabra Statham

Sabra Statham, the ADE Liaison Coordinator passed away on March 20, 2015.

Sabra had many colleagues in diverse fields: music performance, music history, documentary editing, and libraries.

There is a formal obituary that ran in the State College Centre Daily Times and the Charlottesville Daily Progress:

Dan Cohen of the Digital Public Library of America provided a brief tribute.

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Editing Institute Announces Participants for 2015

The Association for Documentary Editing announces the roster of participants for the 2015 Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents to be held 13–17 June in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The participants will include:

Diane Biunno (Project Associate, Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT), Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Mark R. Cheathem (Associate Professor of History, The Papers of Martin Van Buren, Cumberland University)

Kerry A. Dahm (Editorial and Research Assistant, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Thomas Jefferson Foundation)

Lucinda L. Damon-Bach (Professor of English, The Letters of Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Salem State University)

Andrew J. B. Fagal (Assistant Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University)

Tobah M. Gass (Independent Scholar of Ecology/Environmental History, Florence Merriam Bailey: The New Mexico Journals)

Bryan Grove (Assistant Editor, Hemingway Letters Project, Pennsylvania State University)

David W. Grua (Historian and Documentary Editor, The Joseph Smith Papers, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Robb K. Haberman (Associate Editor, The Selected Papers of John Jay, Columbia University)

Melinda Marie Jetté (Associate Professor of History, Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant’s Voyages en Californie et dans l’Orégon, Franklin Pierce University)

Mitch Kachun (Professor of History, The World of Col. J. O. Midnight: An Overlooked African American Journalist in the Era of the “New Negro,” Western Michigan University)

Patricia Larson Kalayjian (Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Letters of Catharine Maria Sedgwick, California State University Dominguez Hills)

Rachel M. A. Manuszak (Graduate Student Research Intern, Lone Woman and the Last Indians Digital Archive, Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina)

Aaron McArthur (Assistant Professor of History and Public History Program Director, Missions to the Lamanites, Arkansas Tech University)

Christopher M. Parsons (Assistant Professor of History, The Jesuit Relations: A Digital Edition, Northeastern University)

Pamela Pierce (Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist, Theodore Roosevelt Center Digital Library, Dickinson State University)

Marc Rice (Professor of Musicology, Race, Music, and the Press: Black Music in the Midwest Media, 1865–1938, Truman State University)

Nicole M. Robinson (Ph.D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Amy Beach’s Cabildo: An American Opera, Florida State University)

Safa Saraçoğlu (Associate Professor of History, Editing Düstur: A Crucial Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Legal Codex, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania)

Sandra L. Standish (Access Services Supervisor / M.A. Student in History, Angie Bingham Gilbert: A Life in Two Cities, Central Michigan University)

The Editing Institute Admissions Committee for 2015 consisted of Bob Karachuk, the current ADE education director; Beth Luey, the immediate past ADE education director; and Neal E. Millikan, assistant editor of the Papers of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the University of Virginia.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the ADE 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 visit the ADE website at Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents or e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade‑

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Job Announcement: Two Research Specialists, Papers of Abraham Lincoln

Two Research Specialists, Papers of Abraham Lincoln

The University of Illinois Springfield, Center for State Policy and Leadership is seeking two Research Specialists for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a long-term documentary editing project dedicated to locating, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime.

The first position will locate and scan documents at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The research specialist will also create document tracking spreadsheets, make revisions in an online content management system, and do other research tasks related to the search for Lincoln documents at the National Archives.

The second position will mark up and apply subject headings to transcribed documents for inclusion in an online edition of Lincoln’s papers and conduct historical research to contextualize and annotate the documents at the project’s offices in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

Requirements: 1) Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in History, Political Science, English, or related field with five years relevant work experience OR Master of Arts degree in History, Political Science, English or related field with one year relevant work experience; 2) substantive content experience in nineteenth-century American history; 3) strong oral and written communication skills; and 4) a working knowledge of computers, including word processing, database, and email programs.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience performing historical research; demonstrated ability to work effectively on group tasks; demonstrated attention to detail and precision in research, reading, and writing; and experience in utilizing electronic databases and the Internet for historical research.

For consideration, candidates will need to work through the Hire Touch process of the University (, create or update a profile, and submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications relative to this position; a resume; and, names and contact information (phone and email address) for three current professional references. To be considered for both positions, candidates will need to submit separate applications under each position.  The Search Committee will begin screening applications March 27, 2015, and the search will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the position is May 11, 2015.

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois and provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities. UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Daniel W. Stowell, Director/Editor
Papers of Abraham Lincoln

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Job Announcement: Chief Historian, U.S. Census Bureau

Chief Historian, U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau — the nation’s leading source of quality information about America’s people, places and economy — is seeking a chief historian. The chief historian will manage a team of other historians in documenting major changes to the nation’s next census and preparing procedural histories of other Census Bureau programs. The chief historian will also lead the sharing of the agency’s history with the public and the care and exhibition of the agency’s historical artifacts.

Required: U.S. citizenship, degree in History or a related field

Preferred: Experience conducting and publishing procedural histories, monograph histories and oral histories for an organization

To apply and for more information, please visit the following vacancy announcements:

PIO-2015-0002 (Merit Promotion)

PIO-2015-0003 (Delegated Examining)

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Call for Nominations: ADE President & Councilor-at-Large

The Nominating Committee invites the submission of names for two important offices of the Association for Documentary Editing: President and Councilor-at-Large. Names of potential candidates and rationales for their nomination should be submitted to the committee chair, Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, by 30 March.

The President serves for one year as President-Elect, during which time he or she works with the current President and immediate Past President while also serving as chair of the Program Committee for that year’s annual meeting. During the subsequent one-year presidential term, he or she works with the ADE Council to effect the organization’s goals and implement its long-range plan, communicates with members through email, the website and Scholarly Editing, assigns tasks to committees, and appoints or confirms committee chairs and members. He or she maintains contact with these committees to ensure that the goals set for them are met in a timely manner and represents the ADE in dealing with outside individuals and organizations. At the annual meeting at the end of his/her term, the president presides over the Council meetings, the Business meeting, and presents a speech at the Banquet. The candidate should be an experienced editor capable of managing these tasks in addition to his or her own work and personal responsibilities.

A Councilor-at-Large serves for three years as one of three such persons with flexible advisory duties depending on the President’s and Council’s needs. Accordingly, as stated in the organization’s bylaws, “The councilor often provides institutional memory to Council proceedings; occasionally serves as a devil’s advocate to ensure that all ADE’s constituents are represented; offers feedback and votes on issues and topics under consideration; provides suggestions for new members, committee members, and potential award recipients; reviews budgets, committee reports, and official contracts or endorsements that involve the ADE. The councilor-at-large tries to be sure the Association’s best interests and the priorities of the long-range plan are at all times well represented.” Candidates may have held previous posts with the organization or be relative newcomers to ADE.

Please send queries and letters of nomination to by 30 March 2015.

Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

Chair, ADE Nominating Committee

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Series Editor, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

Series Editor, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

The Adams Papers documentary editing project at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston seeks a series editor for the Adams Family Correspondence. Since its establishment in 1954, the Adams Papers has published 48 volumes of the diaries, letters, and other writings of the Adams family of Massachusetts; currently we publish two series, Adams Family Correspondence and the Papers of John Adams. Volume 12 of the Adams Family Correspondence will be published in the spring of 2015. This full-time position, which results from the promotion of the former series editor, will include a transitional period during the production of volume 13 of Adams Family Correspondence.

Work on the Adams Papers provides a unique opportunity to explore the fields of late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century history through the correspondence and writings of one of America’s first families. The series editor’s responsibilities will include selection and tandem proofreading of documents for publication, research and drafting of annotation, and taking the primary role in producing each volume’s Cindex-based index. The series editor will direct the work of at least one assistant or associate editor. The series editor reports to the editor in chief and cooperates in the management and promotion of the edition.

Required Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of the history of the Early Republic; experience in the field of documentary editing; graduate degree in history, American studies, or related field; excellent research and writing skills; strong project and people management skills; ability to work collaboratively inside an organization.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in history, American studies, or a related field; familiarity with book production.

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references will be accepted by email (send to: saram[at]masshist[dot]org). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Sara Martin, Editor in Chief, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, 617-646-0525 or saram[at]masshist[dot]org.

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CFP for ADE Session at MLA 2016 in Austin, Texas

Not for Your Eyes: Editing Private Documents for Publication

The editing of documents not originally intended for publication poses special challenges. Such documents often are difficult to locate in the first place, and their presentation can be complicated by idiosyncratic features that are essential to their nature but that are not ordinarily represented in print or familiar to modern readers. This session, sponsored by the Association for Documentary Editing, seeks papers that address editing issues especially associated with documents such as letters, journals, diaries, and similar materials (including those written in private codes) that were not intended to be published. We welcome proposals that consider possible goals of such editions and ways of best achieving those goals, whether in printed or electronic form.

Send 300-word abstract and short CV that includes your email address, telephone number, and institutional affiliation if pertinent to by 25 March 2015.

Queries to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy ( or David Vander Meulen (

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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


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


  • 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 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

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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

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NEH Summer Institute for two and four year college instructors

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

View the flyer for additional information!

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