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:  http://www.msh-alpes.fr/en/direct_amphi.  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The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) welcomes applications for the 44th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, to be held 13–17 June 2015 at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is an annual five-day workshop for individuals new to the field of historical documentary editing.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, ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the Association for Documentary Editing under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate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 (https://jobs.virginia.edu) 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: sld4k@virginia.edu

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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Job Openings – Research Editors, Washington Papers

**Please note that this posting is distinct from the posting for an Assistant Editor posted on Dec. 30. In sum, the Washington Papers is hiring one Assistant Editor and two Research Editors.**

Research Editors, Washington Papers

The Papers of George Washington documentary editing project at the University of Virginia is seeking to hire two full-time Research Editors to work on the Papers of Martha Washington and the Washington Family. Working in conjunction with an Assistant Editor, and under the supervision of the Project Director, the Research Editors will be expected to conduct archival research and travel for the identification and copying of relevant documents, transcribe and correct transcriptions of eighteenth and nineteenth-century manuscripts; research and write annotation, proofread, index and conduct related activities.

Required: a Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field; skills in organization, planning, editing, proofreading, research, and computing; and attention to detail and ability to work with deadlines. At least one year of experience in historical research and editing or a related field is required.

Preferred: a Master’s degree or higher in history or a related field; experience in documentary editing and eighteenth-nineteenth century American history. Experience or interest in the digital humanities, and in the history of women, African Americans, culture, society, and/or economics is preferred.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, writing sample 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 0615647.

Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to: sld4k@virginia.edu

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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Time to renew your ADE membership!

Time to renew your ADE membership!  The membership year runs from January 1 – December 31 annually.  You can renew online using PayPal, or you can print out a paper form and mail your dues and membership form (Word | .pdf) to the ADE Secretary, Constance B. Schulz, History Department, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.  While renewing – consider making a donation to one of the ADE funds:  the General Fund, the Boyd Award Fund, the Boydston Award Fund, or the Fund in Memory of Sharon Ritenour Stevens.

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Job Opening – Assistant Editor, Washington Papers

Assistant Editor, Washington Papers

The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia invites applications for an Assistant Editor position to work on the Papers of Martha Washington and the Washington Family beginning July 1, 2015. This appointment will be at the Lecturer level; full-time, twelve month, renewable (contingent on continuing funding and satisfactory performance) non-tenure track position. The project, previously engaged solely in publishing a scholarly, annotated edition of George Washington’s public and private papers, has expanded in scope to include the papers of Martha Washington and selected members of the Washington and Custis families. These will appear in a comprehensive digital edition, with a comprehensive letterpress edition of the Martha Washington Papers and a selected letterpress edition of the family papers. Responsibilities of the Assistant Editor include archival research and travel for the identification and copying of relevant documents, transcription, annotation re
search and writing, proofreading, indexing, and related activities.

A MA in History, American Studies or a related field combined with extensive documentary editing or related research is required and a PhD is preferred. Excellent editing, research and writing skills, a collegial spirit and a commitment to documentary editing as a career is preferred. Strong candidates will specialize in early American history, preferably including the history of women, African Americans, culture, society, and/or economics. Interest and experience in digital humanities is a bonus.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, writing sample and complete contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Search on posting number 0615552.

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New courtship letters from the 1840s South

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January 1, 2015

The Belles of Williamsburg

The Courtship Correspondence of Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristrim Lowther Skinner

1839-1849

Edited by Mary Maillard

ebook ISBN 978-0-9917893-1-3 January 2015

$35.00 from Kindle, iBooks, Kobo

The Skinner Family Papers project is pleased to announce the publication of its third ebook of antebellum letters selected from the Skinner Family Papers housed at the University of North Carolina’s Southern Historical Collection.

With a uniquely organized name index and extensive annotations, The Belles of Williamsburg: The Courtship Letters of Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristrim Lowther Skinner 1839-1849 sheds new light on the complex social, familial, and romantic elements of antebellum courtship in a decade not well represented among available primary sources.

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A fascinating family story emerges from these documents, unique in its depth, scope and continuity. The detailed descriptions of everyday life challenge our contemporary ideas of belles and debutante balls, redefine this society within the context of a devastating economic collapse, and dispel the Gone With the Wind myth of a languid planter class basking in sun-drenched abundance.

The Belles of Williamsburg completes the antebellum ebook series launched in 2014 with On the Carpet: The Coming of Age Letters of Penelope Skinner 1832-1840 and Albemarle Son: The Coming of Age Letters of Tristrim Lowther Skinner 1833-1849.

Mary Maillard’s monograph, A Map of Time and Blood: An Introduction to the Skinner Family Papers 1826-1850 presents an overview of the Skinner family of Edenton, North Carolina, spanning the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. As Maillard explains, the Skinners’ attitudes towards slavery were complex, contradictory, and conflicted, particularly in that the family had evolved in three generations from antislavery Quakers to slaveholding planter elites.

Eloquent and considered, the letters are a pleasure to read and would appeal to students, historians, and non-academics interested in the South and its history.

Contact: Mary Maillard mjwmaillard@gmail.com

 

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David R. Chesnutt ( 1940-2014)

David Rogers Chesnutt, 74, died of throat cancer at home in Hardwick,
Vermont on December 15, 2014.

Born in Athens, AL in 1940, the son of Thomas Brice Chesnutt and Lena (Moss)
Chesnutt, he earned degrees from the University of Alabama, ’62, Auburn
University, ’67, and the University of Georgia, ’73.

Chesnutt spent 35 years as Research Professor in the History Department at
the University of South Carolina where he served as Associate Editor and
then Editor of the Papers of Henry Laurens, a 16 volume collection of the
letters of the leader of revolutionary activity in South Carolina during the
American Revolution. Laurens, a former president of the Continental
Congress, participated in the negotiations which led to the peace of Paris,
1783, which brought the war to an end. Chesnutt was one of the founding
members of the Association for Documentary Editing, in the late 1970s, and
he served as its President, 1991-1992.

In the mid 1970s, Chesnutt started to apply computers to scholarship in the
humanities when he developed the first program for creating a
back-of-the-book index. In the 1980s and 1990s he worked with a small group
of scholars from the US and Europe to develop the Text Encoding Initiative
(TEI), a protocol for publishing humanities documents on the infant World
Wide Web. His work in what is now called digital humanities culminated in
the Model Editions Partnership which demonstrated five different ways in
which fully edited documentary editions, such as the Laurens Papers, could
be served up on the Web.

For 23 years, Chesnutt served as a member of the South Carolina Historical
Records Advisory Board. In 2005, Governor Mark Sanford presented him with
the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for
extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to the state and nation.

Chesnutt owned a small desk-top publishing business which published
scholarly books, and, for more than 35 years, he edited and published
Manuscripts, the journal of the Manuscript Society.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dow, of Hardwick, VT, his son, James,
daughter-inlaw Allison Narver and granddaughter Kate, of London, England,
twin daughters, Catherine of New York City, and Elizabeth of Columbia, SC,
brothers Thomas B., of St. Petersburg, FL, and Samuel W. of St. Helena
Island, SC, sister Carol B., of Birmingham, AL, and six nieces and nephews.

He was a southern gentleman in the best sense of the word: genteel,
sympathetic, kind, generous, and wise. A memorial service will be held in
the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name should go to Hardwick
Historical Society, PO Box 177, Hardwick, Vermont 05843 or the Manuscript
Society, 14003 Rampart Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, or the Association for
Documentary Editing, c/o Ondine LeBlanc, ADE Treasurer, Massachusetts
Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

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Special issue: Radical Archives

Special issue: Radical Archives

Deadline:  April 15, 2015

“Radical archives” and “radical archiving” are concepts that continue to gain currency among archivists, artists and cultural theorists alike, but to date, discussions of “radical archives” and “radical archiving” often appear to rest on an assumed rather than articulated understanding of what these concepts mean. For this special issue of Archive Journal (scheduled for Fall 2015), we seek essays (3000 to 5000 words), reviews, and/or interviews (text, image, audio and video formats welcome) that address one or more of the following questions with the aim of bringing greater clarity to the “radical” in discussions of archives and archiving:

  • What do we mean when we talk about “radical archives” and “radical archiving”? Does the “radical” point to a specific politic, to types of content, or to a set of practices that challenge archival standards?
  • How might we define “radical content” and “radical practice” in relation to archives?
  • Are radical practices necessarily opposed to archival standards?
  • To what extent are archival standards responsive to change? Why do cultural theorists’ accounts of archives so often rest on the assumption that archives are by definition resistant to change? Is there an investment in understanding archives as sites of inflexibility and stagnation?
  • Is radical content (e.g., the archives of activist collectives, social movements, or avant-garde artists) best served by practices that eschew archival standards?  What are the short- and long-term consequences of such decisions?
  • How might community-based archives support the work of institutional collections and vice-versa?  Furthermore, what questions, anxieties and/or possibilities are opened up when we begin to think about preservation across these spaces?
  • What, in fact, do we mean by “archives”? For many outside of libraries and institutional archives, the term has come simply to mean a collection of “curated” materials. How do we talk about “radical archives” without a shared understanding of what an archive is, or of what it signifies for different types of practitioners and theorists?
  • How might the work of cultural theorists with investments in radical, activist and queer archives benefit from a deeper engagement with the practices, discourses and perspectives of working archivists, and vice versa?

Please send submissions to guest editors Lisa Darms (lisadee@nyu.edu) and Kate Eichhorn (eichhorc@newschool.edu) by April 15, 2015. Proposals should include a brief (200-word) professional biography.  An open access, peer-reviewed journal, Archive Journal seeks content that speaks to its diverse audience that includes scholars, librarians, archivists, and education technologists.

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Joseph Smith Papers Announces Launch of Newsletter and Publication of Tenth Volume

The Joseph Smith Papers Project invites you to subscribe to our forthcoming e-newsletter. In an effort to improve communication about the project, the newsletter will be released two or three times a year and will include updates, project news, short articles by volume editors, and new information gleaned from documents.

To subscribe, enter your email address here. Please feel free to share this news with colleagues who may be interested.

We are also delighted to announce the publication of out tenth volume: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodwood, and William G. Hartley, eds. Documents, Volume 3: February 1833−March 1834. Vol. 3 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Ronald K. Esplin and Matthew J. Grow. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2014. This volume contains minutes, revelations, letters, architectural and city plans, priesthood licenses, legal documents, and an effort to classify the scriptures by topic. Covering a time when opposition to Joseph Smith and his followers was intensifying in both Ohio and Missouri, this volume also includes documents relating to the building of temples, the establishment of the city of Zion, and the expulsion of church members from Jackson County, Missouri.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project divides documents into series, and thus far, two volumes have been published in the Journals series, three in the Revelations and Translations series, two in the Histories series, and now three in the Documents series. It is anticipated that at least ten more volumes will be produced. We are also continually adding new content, including thousands of pages of images and transcripts of documents, to our website, josephsmithpapers.org.

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