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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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:  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,

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 ( 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:

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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