Call for Papers: Fall-winter 2016 issue of Archive Journal

The fall-winter 2016 issue of Archive Journal will focus on Digital Medieval Manuscript Cultures. We seek essays and works in other formats that address the current practices and theories shaping the (re)production of digital medieval manuscript culture as well as the larger possibilities or limits of “digital manuscript cultures” today.

Deadline is 20 May. Details at the link below:

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Digital Cataloging and Review/History Internships

Digital Cataloging and Review/History Internships 

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is seeking interns to participate in the cataloging of historical documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The goal of the Center is to serve scholars, tourists, teachers, curious citizens, and students of all ages as they explore the life and achievement of the 26th President of the United States. Launched to the public in late 2011, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library is the primary portal the Center uses to convey that goal to a national audience. More than 35,000 items from 18 different collections are already available at

The Center has over 150,000 digitized documents from the Theodore Roosevelt Papers at the Library of Congress, including letters to and from Roosevelt, newspaper clippings, speeches and executive orders, photographs, maps, and personal diaries. Around 10,000 items have been digitized from other collections, such as the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, sites within the National Park system, and Harvard College Library. In order to make the digital files available to the public online, the Center is seeking interns to help with creation and review of metadata for these documents in our online database. Interns will work a minimum of 240 hours (approximately six weeks), participating in all facets of the development of the digital library. These will include cataloging (viewing documents on a computer screen and typing and reviewing information in a Web-based form), reviewing the work of other catalogers to make sure all standards are being met, and copyright review of collections in order to clear them for publication.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center’s website includes interpretive content, such as articles and timelines that promote the understanding of Theodore Roosevelt’s life. This content utilizes the same subject headings as the items in the digital library to enhance the relationship with primary source documents. Candidates selected for the history internship will also produce a number of encyclopedia articles for publication on the website.

Since the work is web-based, the internships will be conducted remotely. Interns do not need to relocate to Dickinson, North Dakota, to complete their work. Training will be provided through an online classroom environment throughout the internship. A moderate hourly stipend will be provided. Internships are to be completed between May 15 and August 31, 2016.

Required qualifications: 

  • Graduate students or recent graduates in history or American studies, archival studies, library science or information management
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to accurate, high-quality work
  • Self-motivated worker, as all work will be done remotely
  • Knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt and/or American History in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Desired qualifications: 

  • Experience working in digital collections, particularly creating metadata/catalog records
  • Knowledge of digital standards, particularly Dublin Core and controlled vocabularies

To Apply: 

Send letter of application (including your reasons for interest in this internship) and resume to Pamela Pierce, Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist for the Theodore Roosevelt Center, at Applications must be received by March 31, 2016, for consideration.

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ADE: Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee invites the submission of names for four important offices of the Association for Documentary Editing: President, Treasurer, Director of Publications, and Councilor-at-Large. Names of potential candidates and rationales for their nomination should be submitted to the committee chair, Timothy Connelly, by April 1, 2016.

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.

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the association. “The treasurer shall collect dues and maintain the association’s financial records and file any necessary forms with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.” (Bylaws, Section 5) He or she keeps the ADE’s checking and savings accounts, invests reserve funds, and oversees the Boyd and Boydston prize funds, and files tax paperwork. The treasurer “shall have the authority to sign checks or make cash deposits or withdrawals, in any of the accounts of the association.” (Bylaws, Section 5) The treasurer is a member of the ADE Council, taking part in major decisions and long range planning, and chairs the Finance Committee. He or she proposes budgets in consultation with the president and the action plan and may work on budgetary aspects of grant proposals. ADE’s financial data is stored using Quicken software. The treasurer serves one-year terms that can be renewed without limit (Constitution, Article IV, Section 3).

Director of Publications
The Director of Publications oversees the Publications Committee and is responsible for working with the editor of Scholarly Editing to ensure regular publication. The Publications Committee helps solicit content from members for the journal. The director is member of the Council, responsible for decision-making and long-term planning. The director of publications serves a one- year term but can serve “no more than three consecutive terms” (Constitution, Article IV, Section 3). The director of publications has authority to “grant permission to reprint materials published in Documentary Editing” and appoints “every two years, with the consent of the council, an individual to act as editor of Documentary Editing.” (Bylaws, Section 4)

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 April 1, 2016.

Timothy Connelly

Chair, ADE Nominating Committee

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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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