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September 20, 2001
NHPRC: Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents

Washington, DC. . .Contingent on funding, the thirty-first annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents will be held June 17-22, 2002, in Madison, Wisconsin. 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.

The Institutes have been extraordinarily productive, providing training to more than 520 participants to date. Many of these 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 2002 faculty and their topics are: Michael Stevens (Wisconsin Historical Society), introduction to documentary editing; Leslie Rowland (Freedmen and Southern Society Project), transcription; Esther Katz (Margaret Sanger Papers), choosing for a selective edition, selecting a copytext, promoting an edition, and fundraising; Richard L. Leffler (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution), annotation; John P. Kaminski (Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution), indexing; and publishing an edition; and David Seaman (Director, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia), electronic publishing. Esther Katz, Richard Leffler, and Leslie Rowland will serve as the resident advisors.

There will be 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 run much like a hotel, and is two blocks from the Wisconsin 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.

The application deadline is March 15, 2002.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 111
Washington, DC 20408-0001
(202) 501-5610

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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