October 2, 1998
NHPRC Announces 27th Annual Editing Institute
Ann C. Newhall
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC. . . Contingent on funding, the 27th annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents will be held June 21-26, 1999, in Madison, Wisconsin. Jointly sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin, the Institute will provide detailed theoretical and practical instruction in documentary editing and publication.
The Institutes have been extraordinarily productive, providing training to more than 450 participants to date. Of these, 68 are heading or have headed important documentary publication projects and many others have worked as full-time historical editors. Institute graduates also include college and university faculty, editors of state historical publications and staff editors of other publications, archivists, manuscript librarians, government historians, and graduate students from many universities. The 15-18 interns meet every morning and most afternoons for lectures and presentations by experienced editors. Three resident advisors will be available for consultation during the term of the Institute.
The 1999 faculty and their topics are: Michael Stevens (State Historical Society of Wisconsin), introduction to documentary editing; Richard L. Leffler (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution), transcription; Ann Gordon (The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony), document selection, promoting an edition, and fundraising; Robert Rosenberg (The Papers of Thomas A. Edison), annotation and electronic editions; John P. Kaminski (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution), indexing; Nancy C. Essig (University Press of Virginia), publishing an edition.
There will be no charge for tuition. Single accommodations for the interns are provided at no cost in the Wisconsin Center Guest House, two blocks from the State Historical Society where the daily meetings are held.
Application to the Institute is competitive, with numerous applicants every year from all over the country. Further information and application forms are available from the NHPRC, National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 111, Washington, DC 20408-0001; phone (202) 501-5610; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is March 15, 1999.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.