Editing Education

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Institute for Editing Historical Documents

The ADE operates an NHPRC-funded Institute for Editing Historical Documents, an intensive introduction to the main issues surrounding documentary editing.

NHPRC Fellowships

The NHPRC also offers one-year post-graduate fellowships in Historical Editing. The host site for the NHPRC Fellowship varies from year to year. For the latest information and application materials see the Fellowship information page.

University Programs

The techniques of documentary editing are taught at the following universities, and through practical training at editing projects and through specialized fellowships. There are also numerous graduate and undergraduate programs in Public History and Applied History that offer courses in documentary editing. If you would like your program to appear on this page, please contact the ADE webmaster.


Search the Jobs on this site page for internship opportunities at editing projects.

Major Guides to Documentary Editing

  • Mary Jo Kline, A Guide to Documentary Editing, 3rd. ed. (Johns Hopkins, 1998)
  • Michael E. Stevens and Steven B. Burg, Editing Historical Documents: A Handbook of Practice (Altamira Press, 1997)
  • Beth Luey, ed. Editing Documents and Texts: An Annotated Bibliography (Madison House, 1990)
  • Documentary Editing (link to the journal page)

General Articles on Historical Editing

  • Lester Cappon, “A Rationale for Historical Editing Past and Present,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser. 23 (1966): 56-75.
  • Laura Miller Coles, “‘Two Souls with but a Single Thought’?– The Evolving Relationship Between Archivists and Editors,” Documentary Editing, 16:2 (June 1994): 43-46, 50.
  • Philip B. Eppard, “The Archivist’s Perspective: Implications for Documentary Editing.” Documentary Editing 16:2 (June 1994): 47-50.
  • Barbara Oberg, “Documentary Editing as a Collaborative Enterprise: Theirs, Mine, or Ours?” Documentary Editing 16:1 (March 1994): 5-9.
  • Constance B. Schultz, “Do Archivists Need to Know How to be Editors? A Proposal for the Role of Documentary Editing in Graduate Archival Education” Documentary Editing 17:1 (March 1995): 1-5.

Defining and Organizing Documentary Editions

  • Herbert S. Bailey, Jr. “Einstein’s Collected Papers: Planning and Development,” Scholarly Publishing 20 (July 1989): 202-17.
  • Patricia G. Holland, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Reconstructing the Record,” Documentary Editing 6 (Sept. 1984): 9-13.
  • Carol Johnston, “Single-Editor Editions from Manuscript: The Journals of Theodore Parker,” Newsletter of the ADE 5:3 (May 1983): 4-5.

Document Selection

  • G. Thomas Tanselle, “The Editing of Historical Documents,” Studies in Bibliography 31 (1978): 1-56.
  • Don L. Cook, “The Short Happy Thesis of G. Thomas Tanselle,” Documentary Editing 3 (February 1981): 1-4.
  • John Y. Simon, “The Canons of Selection.” Documentary Editing 6:4 (December 1984): 8-12.


  • G. W. Bowersock, “The Art of the Footnote,” American Scholar 53 (Winter 1983-84): 54-62.
  • Charles Cullen, “Principles of Annotation in Editing Historical Documents: Or How to Avoid Breaking the Butterfly on the Wheel of Scholarship,” in George Vogt and John Bush Jones, eds. Literary and Historical Editing, pp. 81-95.
  • Patricia Galloway, “Death and Bias: Issues in the Editing of Ethnohistorical Materials,” Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing 3 (May 1931): 1-6.
  • John A Garraty, “Review of The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt vols. 7 and 8, American Quarterly 6 (1954): 281-84.
  • Carolyn De Swarte Gifford, “What About the Twenty-Year Gap?” Documentary Editing (March 1998): 18-20.
  • Robert Hudspeth, “Margaret Fuller’s Silences,” Documentary Editing 20:1 (March 1998): 8-12.
  • Nathan I Huggins, “Review of The Correspondence of W.E.B. DuBois, vol. 1, American Historical Review 80 (1975): 512-13.
  • Reese W. Jenkins and Thomas E. Jeffrey, “Worth a Thousand Words: Nonverbal Documents in Editing,” Documentary Editing 6 (Sept. 1984): 1-8.
  • Aileen S. Kraditor, “Editing the Abolitionists,” Reviews in American History 1 (1973): 519-23.
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission, “On Annotation and Selectivity: Commission Policy Statement,” Annotation (Oct. 1976).
  • David J. Nordloh, “Supplying What’s Missing in Editions of Selected Letters,” Scholarly Publishing 17 (1985-86): 37-47.
  • Barbara Oberg, “Selection and Annotation: Deciding Alone” Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing 2:1 (1980): 6-9.
  • Barbara Oberg, “Interpretation in Editing: The Gallatin Papers,” Documentary Editing 4:2 (May 1982): 7-9.

Document Control

  • Martha L. Benner, “The Abraham Lincoln Legal Papers: The Development of the Complete Facsimile Editon on CD-ROM,” Documentary Editing 16 (Dec. 1994): 100-07.
  • Cathy Moran Hajo, “Computerizing Control over Authority Names at the Margaret Sanger Papers,” Documentary Editing 13 (June 1991): 35-39.
  • Leigh D. Johnsen, “Annotation Control on Computers: A Case Study of the Salmon P. Chase Project,” Documentary Editing 22:2 (June 2000): 34-38.

Publishing the Edition

  • Beth Luey, “Publishing the Edition,” Documentary Editing 13 (June 1991): 40-45.
  • James P. McClure, “The Neglected Calendar,” Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, 10:3 (Sept. 1988): 18-21.
  • Frederick Burkhardt, “In Response…” Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, 10:3 (Sept. 1988): 22-24.

Historians and Editors

  • Kendrick A. Clements, “Using the Papers of Woodrow Wilson: A Scholar’s View,” Documentary Editing 15:2 (June 1993): 34-37.
  • Esther Katz, “The Editor and Public Authority: Interpreting Margaret Sanger,” The Public Historian 17:1 (Winter 1995): 41-50.
  • Esther Katz, “Fundraising and Entreprenuurship: Confessions of a Historical Editor.” AHA Perspectives (April 1991).
  • Stuart B. Kaufman, “The Samuel Gompers Papers as Literature: Toward a Stream-of-Consciousness History,” Maryland Historian 8 (1977): 54-59.
  • Jesse Lemisch, “The Papers of a Few Great Black Men and a Few Great White Women,” Maryland Historian 6 (1975): 60-66.
  • Marc Rothenberg, “Illuminating the Edison Papers,” Documentary Editing 18:2 (June 1996): 29-31.
  • Constance B. Schultz, “‘From Generation Unto Generation’: Transition in Modern Documentary Historical Editing,” Reviews in American History 16 (Sept. 1988): 337-50.
  • Peter Shaw, “The American Heritage and its Guardians,” American Scholar 45 (1975-76): 175-82.
  • Elizabeth S. and Harvey G. Johnson, “Keynes from his Papers,” in The Shadow of Keynes (1978): 3-16.

This bibliography was compiled with the assistance of Dr. Esther Katz, drawn from the readings in her historical editing seminar at New York University

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