Editing Institute Announces Faculty for 2014

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) announces the faculty for the 2014 Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents to be held 20–24 July in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 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. Hajo is the author of Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916–1939. She also 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 Associate 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 Visiting Associate Editor with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University. 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, he is working on an authoritative edition of the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, to be published both in print and online, as well as a digital edition of 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 ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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Editing Institute Receives NHPRC Grant

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) has received official notification of the award of a grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in support of the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents and other education initiatives in historical documentary editing. The three-year grant is for up to $261,030, or 80% of the budgeted cost of the programs.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is an annual five-day workshop for individuals new to the practice of historical documentary editing. Established in 1972, the Editing Institute has been funded by the NHPRC since its inception and administered by the ADE since 2011. The 43rd Editing Institute will be held 20–24 July 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The NHPRC grant will also support advanced workshops to be held in conjunction with the ADE annual meeting and collaborative workshops to be developed in partnership with related professional organizations. The advanced workshops afford opportunities for experienced documentary editors to enhance their skills. The collaborative workshops provide training in documentary editing to professionals who do not edit full-time but act as editors on occasion, such as archivists, librarians, and public historians.

For more on the Editing Institute and the other education initiatives administered by the ADE, please e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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Boydston Prize Nominations

Call for Nominations

The Association for Documentary Editing invites nominations for the 2014 Boydston Essay Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best essay or review published between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2013, the primary focus of which is the editing of a volume of works or documents. The award carries a cash honorarium of $300. Eligible essays may have been published in digital and print journals, monographs, and collections. Please submit nominations and citations in the body of an e-mail, and attach essays or reviews to be considered as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF to the address below. Self-nominations are welcome. The prize will be awarded at the ADE annual meeting in July 2014.

Nominations are due by 1 January 2014.

Noelle Baker

Noelle A. Baker, Ph.D.
Editorial Consultant, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
110 Ridgewood Ave.
Davenport, IA 52803


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Penn State Special Collections Travel Grants Announced

Building on the success of the last two years, Special Collections announces four travel awards of $1,500 this year
for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Penn State.
The 2014 travel grants include:
•             One award for research using any of the Special Collections Library collections;
•             Two awards for research related to women writers;
•             One award for research pertaining to history of the Eighth Air Force during World War II.
Awards will be selected based on the quality of proposed research and its relevance to Special Collections holdings.
Information about Special Collections holdings can be found through the CAT or at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/speccolls/search.html
The deadline for application is February 28, 2014.
Grant recipients will be announced by March 31, 2014.
Awards would apply to travel between June to August of 2014.
More information at:


For questions, please contact:
Doris J. Malkmus   djm51@psu.edu

Doris Malkmus
Outreach Archivist
E105A Paterno Library
Pennsylvania State University

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Job: Associate Editor, The Selected Papers of John Jay, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Job Title: Associate Editor, The Selected Papers of John Jay, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Department: 2203-LIB Collections and Services

Location: Morningside

Job Type: Officer Full-Time Temporary

Salary Grade: 11

Job Summary:
The Columbia University Libraries seeks an Associate Editor to assist in the editing and preparation of the Selected Papers of John Jay. Reporting to the Editor, responsibilities include: Researching new documents, creating original transcriptions of texts, and verification (proofreading) of transcriptions of texts against source document for accuracy and formatting. Conducting detailed research for annotation (broader subjects as well as identifications and cross references), checking existing annotation for the accuracy of citations (page numbers, volume numbers, etc.), and drafting of annotation and editorial notes. Indexing. Preparation of manuscripts for publisher. May supervise student workers and/or interns.

**This is a temporary position. Dates of the position: Date of hire through 9/30/15 (with possibility of extension). Start date no earlier than January 1, 2014.**

Minimum Qualifications (Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered as an applicant): Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years of related experience.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications (Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant): Knowledge of the American Federal/Early National Period.

Preferred Qualifications:
MA or PhD. in History or related field. Desired special fields: legal, diplomatic, political, reform movements, New York State, family history
Previous scholarly editorial experience, publishing, archival, research, proficiency/familiarity with XML and TEI standards.

To apply, please go to: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=139226. Please DO NOT apply directly to the Jay Project.

EEO Statement: Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Local Hiring: Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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National Humanities Alliance Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., on March 10-11.

Each year, the NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day present the prime opportunity for members of the Association for Documentary Editing to engage with and inform other humanities advocates and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Please consider joining us in Washington for these important events.

For lowest registration rates, sign up by December 31. Click here for information and to register.

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Call for Papers – 2014 ADE Annual Meeting

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  http://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=71 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 ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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 john.lupton@illinoiscourthistory.org 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 http://www.documentaryediting.org/membership.html.

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:

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/presentations_poster.html (University of Wisconsin).

http://abacus.bates.edu/~bpfohl/posters/ (Bates College).

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/cgi-bin/drupal_ual/OO_research_opps_SURPS.html (Stanford University).

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Modern Language Association Renews Status

top_mla_logoAfter careful review the MLA renewed the allied organization status of the Association for Documentary Editing. The renewal took place at the September 2013 Executive Council meeting and will last for the next seven years.

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Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (Europe) offers Marie Curie Fellowships

From the Humanist discussion list:

The Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT) offers  12 Marie Curie fellowships to early stage researchers (ESRs) for a period of 3 years and 5 Marie Curie fellowships to experienced researchers (ERs) for a period of 12 to 20 months.

Fellowships are now open for applications. For details visit: http://dixit.uni-koeln.de/fellows.html

About DiXiT:

DiXiT (Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network) is an international network of high-profile institutions from the public and the private sector that are actively involved in the creation and publication of digital scholarly editions.

DiXiT offers a coordinated training and research programme for early stage researchers and experienced researchers in the multi-disciplinary skills, technologies, theories, and methods of digital scholarly editing.

DiXiT is funded under Marie Curie Actions within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and runs from September 2013 until August 2017.

For more information visit the DiXiT website: http://dixit.uni-koeln.de


Academic Requirements:
Early-Stage Researchers must be in the first 4 years of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Experienced Researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation an experienced researcher must also have less than 5 years of full-time equivalent research experience.

It should be noted that an individual researcher may not be recruited first as an ESR and subsequently as an ER in the same project.

Marie Curie ITN mobility requirement:

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers:

At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.

Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

Application process:

Please note that applications from any qualified applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or country of origin are welcome if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Applicants should send their applications directly to the institution hosting the desired fellowship. Applications for more than one post are welcome, however, multiple applications should be indicated via the obligatory DiXiT application form (which has to be submitted separately from the application documents send to the hosting

Application deadline:  The deadline for applications is the 10th December 2013.
Please note that the four remaining ER fellowships will start at a later date and the possibility of application will be announced accordingly.

For further details visit http://dixit.uni-koeln.de/fellows.html

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Review of The Pinckney-Horry Digital Edition

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.”

To read more, click here.

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