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January 31, 2006

NHPRC Institute for Editing Historical Documents Open to Applicants

Individuals working in the field of historical documentary editing are invited to apply for a free week-long course at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

  • The 35th annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents will be held June 19-24, 2006, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Application to the Institute is competitive, with numerous applicants every year from all over the country.

Jointly sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the University of Wisconsin, the Institute will provide detailed theoretical and practical instruction in documentary editing and publication.

Past Institutes have been extraordinarily productive, providing training to roughly 600 participants. Many of them have worked as full-time historical editors; and some are heading or have headed important documentary publication projects. 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 2006 faculty are:   Daniel Feller (The Papers of Andrew Jackson) - document selection and annotation; Richard Leffler (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution) - transcription; John Kaminski (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution) - indexing, and publishing the edition; Cindy Filer Speer (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia) - electronic publishing; Esther Katz (The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger) - promoting the edition and fundraising.

There is no charge for tuition. Single accommodations for the interns are provided at no cost in the Wisconsin Center Guest House on the University of Wisconsin campus. The Guest House is two blocks from the Wisconsin Historical Society where the daily meetings will be held.

Visit the Commission's web site for further information:   http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/


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