Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition Summer 2016 Graduate Internship (Paid)

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition Summer 2016 Graduate Internship (Paid)

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks one graduate intern to work closely with editors and other staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K).

Through this competitive internship opportunity, a successful candidate will be responsible for researching and writing short annotation entries on named persons, places, organizations, and geographical features. This work will be completed and submitted on a weekly basis to the Project Director and Intern Supervisor for evaluation, with all annotations submitted on July 29, 2016, for final review. All research for the entries must be based in primary or secondary sources, and the intern is expected to keep a research file with notes and digital images of documents related to each entry. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn, acquire and exercise additional skills associated with documentary editing including document identification, metadata control, transcription, and XML encoding.

The overall goal of the internship is to provide a high-quality, supervised professional practicum that introduces the intern to the field of documentary editing in order to enhance their education and future employability. This internship will be filled by an American history graduate student in at least the second year of a M.A. program.

To apply, submit a narrative statement—focused on the questions below—of professional ability in the form of a cover letter, a CV, and two letters of recommendation.

Research Experience: Describe your familiarity with research in 19th century U.S. history. Describe some projects you have undertaken. What sources have you used? Have you been published? Have you interpreted historical research in forms other than a scholarly peer-reviewed publication? How does the proposed research project differ from those you have undertaken in the past? Describe your familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of online research databases such as,, ProQuest, and Google Books.

Project Experience: Describe any work you have done in the editing of historical documents. Discuss how a project such as CWG-K maintains balance between thorough research and production schedules. Have you worked on other collaborative projects in the field of history or otherwise? Describe your ability to meet deadlines and regulate workflow. Describe your understanding of and/or experience with the “Digital Humanities.” From what you understand of the CWG-K project, how does it fit with current trends in the field? What do you hope to gain from working on the CWG-K project?

This paid internship will consist of 250 hours over the course of 10 weeks—starting on June 1, 2016.

This is a temporary position—with a $2,500 stipend—based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

To apply, e-mail cover letter, internship application and resume to No phone calls please. Application deadline is March 31, 2016. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.  We educate and engage the public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

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Call for Papers: MLA CSE-SHARP Collaborative Session, Open Topic: Editions/Author/Readers/Publishers

MLA CSE (Committee on Scholarly Editions)-SHARP (Society for the HIstory of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) Collaborative Session, Open Topic: Editions/Author/Readers/Publishers at the 2017 MLA Convention

This collaborative session seeks to engage the scholarly editing community with the wider community of authors and readers (and scholars of authorship, reading, and publishing). Possible topics might include, but not be limited to:

  • what readers want and need in a scholarly edition
  • how scholarly editors imagine a readership and its needs, either today or in the past
  • tactics of editions that construct readerships
  • how to assess and value the work of scholarly editing in promotion and tenure decisions
  • the affordances of print and digital editions
  • challenges of sustainability in scholarly editions
  • relations between editors and authors; the traces of editor-author relations in editions
  • creative apparatus, or reader-friendly paratexts
  • canon-formation and the scholarly editor
  • when is a new edition warranted?
  • the editor’s power to shape how we know what we know
  • the editor’s role in handling information overload
  • after accidentals and substantives: editing and the new textuality
  • collaborative and interactive editions: when readers intervene
  • the turn to social editions (from crowd-sourcing annotations and resistant original materials to more ambitious forms)
  • translated editions, bilingual formats, and the culture-crossing power of editions

Please send 250-word abstracts (or full papers, if you prefer) to by March 11, 2016.

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SEDIT-L seeks a new list manager

SEDIT-L is an unmoderated email discussion list for those interested in scholarly and documentary editing and related subjects. It provides a fast and efficient means of communicating with other editors and those overseeing and sponsoring editorial projects, allowing subscribers to share news and announcements, discuss common problems, and mobilize in response to issues of concern. It currently has about 430 subscribers and is hosted by the University of Maryland. Postings are distributed and archived automatically, and most subscription tasks handled automatically by Listserv software that is maintained by the University of Maryland. The list manager is essentially the human intermediary between Listserv and the subscribers.

The manager’s responsibilities include:

–monitoring postings as they are distributed to list members for appropriateness of content (the manager is not, however, a moderator or gatekeeper of postings; they are not submitted to the manager before

–keeping track of the subscriber list; adding or deleting subscribers who are unaware of or having trouble with Listserv’s automatic subscribing features; deleting subscribers with invalid email addresses; and similar tasks

–responding to subscribers’ questions and comments about the list

–posting relevant materials submitted to the list on behalf of non-subscribers or those encountering difficulty with self-postings

–posting to the list about matters of general concern, especially those involving features of or problems with Listserv

–communicating with IT at Maryland about technical problems concerning the list and its subscribers

The list manager’s work requires no specialized technical knowledge, although a basic understanding of computers and networking is useful in communicating with subscribers and with the technical people at Maryland. Subscription management is done by a simple and intuitive web interface. Virtually all communication to the manager–from subscribers, from Listserv, and from Maryland’s technical staff–is via email, it is essential that the manager has regular access to email and checks it frequently. The work is not particularly time-consuming; rarely requiring more than an hour per week.

The current list manager, Martha King, will give the new manager an orientation and be available to respond to his or her questions during the transition period.

For more information or to express interest in this volunteer position, please contact

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REMINDER: Butterfield Award Nominations

REMINDER: 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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Online Access to “Correspondence of James K. Polk”

The James K. Polk Project, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is
pleased to announce that all twelve published volumes of the “Correspondence
of James K. Polk” are now available online. This open-access edition,
published by Newfound Press, makes important primary-source documents on the
politics, diplomacy, economics, science, and culture of the antebellum
decades easily accessible to scholars and students.

The volumes can be found at

Edited consecutively by Herbert Weaver, Wayne Cutler, Tom Chaffin, and
Michael David Cohen, the volumes feature annotated letters from July
1817–July 1847. They document Polk’s years as a University of North Carolina
student; a lawyer and plantation owner; a member of the Tennessee
legislature; a member of, and Speaker of, the U.S. House of Representatives;
Tennessee’s governor; and the eleventh U.S. president. The Mexican-American
War and the developing conflict over slavery are among the many topics covered.

Two more volumes remain to complete the series, covering the second half of
Polk’s presidency and his three-month retirement. Volume 13, which will
bring the series through March 1848 and the end of the war, will be released
in hardcover by the University of Tennessee Press later this year.

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The Diaries of Gouverneur Morris – the project’s first volume online

The Papers of Gouverneur Morris is pleased to announce that Rotunda, the University of Virginia Press’ digital imprint, has published the project’s first volume online (The Diaries of Gouverneur Morris: European Travels, 1794-1798) as part of the American Founding Era Collection. This volume went up at the same time as  Beatrix Davenport’s edition of Morris’s Paris diaries (1789-1793). The Paris diaries on the site include material that Davenport either left out or which was blotted over by Morris (to the extent that it could be recovered, which was limited).

This year marks the 200th anniversary year of Morris’s death. For more information on the Project, see

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Upcoming symposium: Jefferson Davis’s America: Perspectives on the Mid-Nineteenth-Century United States

February 19-20, 2016, Rice University

In 1890, W. E. B. Du Bois pointed to Jefferson Davis as “a representative of civilization” as it had developed over the previous century. Scholars have often remembered the 19th century as the Age of Emancipation, as an age of liberal nation-building or even as the Age of Lincoln. But according to the latest scholarship, 19th-century American civilization was dependent on slave-based capitalism, racism and imperial conquest. Seen in that light, Jefferson Davis, as a soldier in the Mexican-American War, a U.S. secretary of war and senator, a Mississippi cotton planter, and leader of a slaveholding breakaway republic with imperial ambitions of its own, was much more than an anomaly.

This conference coincides with the completion of “The Papers of Jefferson Davis” documentary editing project. A group of leading American historians will look unblinkingly on the 19th-century U.S. as a nation in which Jefferson Davis, more than Lincoln, was in many ways the typical figure. Like Du Bois in 1890, we “wish to consider not the man, but the type of civilization which his life represented,” with papers on the forces — territorial expansion, slavery, capitalism, nationalism, Civil War memory and empire — with which Jefferson Davis’s life intersected at crucial moments in U.S. history.

See for more information.

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Invitation from the Society of American Archivists

Call for Nominations: 2016 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2016.

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”
(Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

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Call for Papers – The Association for Documentary Editing

Call for Papers – The Association for Documentary Editing

Celebrate the Vibrancy of Documentary Editing

New Orleans, Louisiana, August 4-6, 2016
Program Organizers: Jennifer Stertzer, Louis Gallo, Robert Haggard, and Pamela Pierce

Deadline for Proposals: March 31, 2016

The Association for Documentary Editing announces its annual conference to be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Famous for its cuisine, music, and festivals, New Orleans embodies vibrancy and diversity. The city’s rich history is still evident today in the French and Spanish Creole architecture — the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Garden District— as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.

With the spirit of New Orleans in mind, we invite proposals on any aspect of documentary editing, including (but not restricted to) the discovery, editing, annotation, analysis, teaching, and publication of texts from many disciplines, including history, literature, linguistics, ethnic studies, classics, musicology, economics, philosophy, digital humanities, paleography, codicology, art history, the history of science, library and information science, gender and sexuality studies, and more. Additionally, we invite proposals dealing with challenges, developments, and solutions related to planning, building, and publishing digital editions and collections. We especially invite proposals from students, early-career editors, and graduates of the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents.

Submissions may take the following forms:

  1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship.
  2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.
  3. Posters. Posters showcase projects or present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Posters on works-in-progress are encouraged.

To propose a paper, panel, or poster, send an abstract of no more than 500 words to the program committee via the form available here no later than March 31, 2016. The proposal should clearly indicate the format and whether technological support will be required. Please include the name, email address, and institutional affiliations for all participants.

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

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NHPRC – Strategic Plan Draft

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has revised its draft of our Strategic Plan and proposed a new mission and vision statement as well as four major goals for the agency:


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission provides opportunities for the American people to discover and use records that increase understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.


Through leadership initiatives, grants, and fostering the creation of new tools and methods, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission connects the work of the National Archives to the work of the nation’s archives. The Commission acts as a bridge for innovation and creativity in advancing best archival practices, publishing historical records, and connecting citizens to their records.

GOAL: Connect the National Archives with the work of the nation’s archives.

GOAL: Expand access to the nation’s historical records.

GOAL: Engage the American people in preserving the American record.

GOAL: Enhance the capacity of small and diverse organizations with historical records collections.

You can read the full Strategic Plan framework and add your voice to the discussion on our Annotation blog at

We welcome your comments by February 1, 2016.

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