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William M. Ferraro received his A.B. from Georgetown University in American Studies, and his A.M. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. His emphases while at Georgetown and Brown was politics, the legislative process, and the development of communities in changing economic, technological, and cultural contexts.
William has worked continuously as a documentary editor since 1989, beginning with The Salmon P. Chase Papers at Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, Calif. (1989-92). He then assisted with thirteen volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1992-2006) before coming to The Washington Papers at the University of Virginia in June 2006.
As Managing Editor for the Papers of George Washington, his principal editorial work has been on volumes in the Revolutionary War Series. He also took the lead in reviewing and regularizing the short title list found on the Digital Edition resources page and creating spreadsheet authority files for names and places in the Revolutionary War and Presidential series. He is now responsible for indexing letterpress volumes in both active series and assists the project director with financial oversight and grant proposals. A noteworthy success of his was a successful Jefferson Trust grant that led to the creation of the “George Washington, Day-By-Day, 22 February 1732-14 December 1799” website still under development.
Seeing how people faced challenges, achieved triumphs, and endured sadnesses has always fascinated him. He adds that “George Washington’s engagement with his world brings an incredible array of historical actors into view and makes work on his papers both a daily adventure and highly gratifying.”
David Hoth did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and then subsequently took courses at the University of Colorado at Denver to qualify for a secondary teaching certificate. Later, he completed his Masters work in American Studies at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and did his Doctoral work in American Studies and History at Indiana University.
David came to the Washington Papers after 14 years as an editor at The Papers of Andrew Jackson. Today, he is currently working as an editor on the Presidential Series.
When asked what compels him most about history, he responded that he is “just interested in the different ways that different people react to different situations, plus the sort of detective work that we do on the documents is fun in and of itself.”
Jennifer Stertzer attended Florida State University and Appalachian State University, where she studied both History and Geography, focusing on environmental and southern Appalachia histories during the Antebellum Period.
Jennifer has been with the project for 15 years, and is currently a Senior Editor at the Washington Papers. In that role, she manages and edits the George Washington Financial Papers Project, is the managing editor of the Washington Papers Digital Editions, and is the Manager of Digital Programs at the Center for Digital Editing.
Benjamin Huggins received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Citadel, his M.S. in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and both his M.A. in United States History and Ph.D. in History from George Mason University.
Before the Papers, Ben worked twenty years as an officer in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve.
Today, he works as an Associate Editor for the Papers of George Washington, and as an Associate Professor for the University of Virginia. In his role as an editor, he focuses on the Revolutionary War Series, and is Co-editor of the Papers of George Washington Addendum Volume with Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins.
Ben has a strong interest in the history of the Revolutionary War era and the founding fathers. He has always admired George Washington, as well as has always had a strong interest in all eras of European and United States history.
Thomas Dulan attended Northern Virginia Community College, received a B.S. in Communications from James Madison University, and received his M.A. in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University.
Before the Papers, Tom worked for various newspapers in a 16-year journalism career, followed by three years as Manager of Editorial Services for Kesmai Corporation, and then eight years as freelance writer and editor.
Today, he is an Associate Editor in which he acts as the publication manager and copy editor for the Washington Papers, as well as project liaison with the University Library System. Until recently, he also served as the project publicist.
When asked which era of history he would most like to live in, he responded that he would like to see “the era of the Revolution and Early American Republic because that generation (the actual “Greatest Generation”) witnessed an astonishing coincidence of great thinkers, who, in turn, produced a tidal wave of global transformation.” However, he adds that considering the primitive state of medical care at that time, he would prefer to make it a visit.
Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins received each her B.A. in French, her M.A. in French Studies and her Ph.D. in Modern Languages from Wayne State University. Though her degrees are in French, her doctoral dissertation focused on the French, American, and British Enlightenments.
Before working at the Papers, Adrina was a post-doctoral associate and then Assistant Editor at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Afterwards, she taught French as an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University. In 2012 and early 2013, she contracted with the Papers of George Washington to transcribe and translate French documents.
Today, Adrina is an Assistant Editor for the Papers of George Washington. Prior to her current roles as an editor for the Revolutionary War volumes and as a co-editor on the Papers of George Washington Addendum Volume with Benjamin Huggins, she helped with the indexing of volumes as well as with the cumulative index.
Adrina has always been interested in the American Enlightenment and eighteenth-century history. She enjoys working on documents pertaining to Mount Vernon as well as on George Washington’s interest in agriculture, the Revolutionary War, and more.
Lynn Price received her B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. in US History, with a focus on the revolutionary era and slavery, from George Mason University. Currently, Lynn is ABD at George Mason University, with a focus on the era of the American Revolution and the early republic. Her dissertation, currently in progress, is titled “To enjoy the blessings of freedom”: Slavery, Manumission, and Colonization in the District of Columbia (1790-1830).
Before the Papers, Lynn held a two-year fellowship through the Papers of George Washington and Mount Vernon in which she transcribed and checked George Washington’s financial ledgers and his agricultural reports. Following that, Lynn joined the Papers, working for three years on the George Washington Bibliography Project.
Today, she is the Assistant Editor of the new Family Papers project, for which, she adds, “means wearing many hats!” Some of her responsibilities include secondary source research, archival research, annotation writing, transcriptions, proofreading, and indexing.
When asked what compels her most about the Washington family, she responded that she is “fascinated by the perceptions of George and Martha Washington throughout history and how those interpretations reflect the society in which they were created.” If she could visit any time in history, however, she would attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, though she would at least try to smuggle in an electric fan!
Alicia K. Anderson, Research Editor of the Washington Papers, joined the team in August 2015. A New York State native, she earned her B.A. in “American Literature and Visual Culture,” a major she designed as part of the College Scholar Program at Cornell University. She pursued her M.A. in American Studies at Yale University.
In 2005 Alicia was introduced to documentary editing at Yale’s Papers of Benjamin Franklin. During her five-year tenure with the project, she specialized in 18th-century handwriting analysis and transcription and also conducted extensive historical research, wrote and reviewed annotation, and assisted with overall copyediting and proofreading. She served as Assistant Editor from 2008 to 2010. While with the Papers, she also attended the NHPRC’s Institute for Documentary Editing (affectionately known as “Camp Edit”).
In 2011 the John Dickinson Writings Project recruited her to transcribe a massive collection of largely unpublished manuscripts, many of them barely legible. As the project’s chief transcriber for the next four years, she not only decoded Dickinson’s heavily edited drafts and unique system of legal shorthand but also helped develop the project’s textual methodology.
In her current position, Alicia is focused on the preparation of a new and complete edition of George Washington’s Barbados diary, one of the earliest and most mutilated texts among his papers. She looks forward to joining her colleagues on the Martha Washington and Washington Family editions, as well. When asked what compels her most about history, she responded that engaging with manuscripts and other primary sources is a passion. “Going right to the original text for the story and then helping others to do so: it doesn’t get better than that.”
Erica Cavanaugh is a graduate from the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Before working at the Washington Papers, Erica worked for the Dolley Madison Digital Edition – a digitally born documentary edition – and at the University of Virginia Press, helping with their digital publications.
Her work at the Washington Papers primarily focuses on the digital publication of the George Washington Financial Papers, and the development and maintenance of other digital work.
Caitlin Conley attended DePauw University, where she earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts in English Literature and Music with a specialty in cello. She received her Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia. In her Master’s studies Caitlin focused on textual criticism and nineteenth-century American literature. For her thesis, advised by Professor David Vander Meulen, she constructed a critical edition of Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel Ramona by collating the manuscript, serialized edition, and first edition.
Last year, Caitlin worked at the Papers of George Washington as a Research Assistant, helping Bill Ferraro with research tasks, doing archival research for Ed Lengel’s upcoming biography on Henry Lee, and filming the video series “George’s Farm Animals” for educational outreach. She also worked for the Sciences, Humanities, & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI) as a technical writer. She helped design SHANTI’s pioneering Knowledge Base, a resource that provides step-by-step instructions on using digital tools.
Today, Caitlin is a Research Editor at the Washington Papers. She is currently conducting the search for Martha Washington’s documents that have appeared in print sources, including newspapers, biographies, auction catalogues, and documentary editions. She catalogues all findings and contributes to the process of transcribing them.
When asked which time period she would visit, she responded that she would love to travel to Vienna in the early 1800’s just to hear Beethoven play piano. She would also want to visit Martha at Mount Vernon to ask her how she baked her Great Cake.
Kim Curtis received her B.A. in Psychology and Classics from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Before the Papers, Kim worked for the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and New Millennium Studios, a production studio in Petersburg, Virginia.
Today, Kim works as a Research Editor for the Washington Papers, helping to locate documents for the Martha Washington Project, as well as managing the Washington Papers’ communication and outreach efforts.
When asked what compels her most about history, Kim responded that she enjoys learning about how people, especially women, lived day-to-day. She concludes that “the Washington Papers and its editors have many interesting stories to tell about the lives of George Washington, Martha Washington, and others, both famous and unknown.”
Mary Wigge earned her undergraduate degrees in History and Art History at the University of Virginia. Her thesis in the art history program focused specifically on mid- nineteenth-century photography.
While an undergraduate at UVa, Mary worked part-time for the Presidential Recordings Program, specifically the Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson Digital Edition, at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. After graduating, Mary served as development assistant at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s Monticello.
Today, she is now a Research Editor for the Martha Washington Papers project, as well as for George Washington’s Barbados Diary. In that role, she catalogs, transcribes, researches, and begins identifying content from the manuscript documents. In addition to those responsibilities, she also searches for books and other relevant resources that would be useful in preparing in-depth annotation.
Kathryn Gehred received her B.A. in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University, and her M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College.
Before the Papers, Kathryn worked as an editor for Re/Visionist Online Magazine at Sarah Lawrence College, and as a House Tour Supervisor at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Today, she splits her time between Monticello and working as a Research Specialist for the Washington Papers, helping with transcribing, annotating, and accessioning documents.
When asked what compels her most about history, she responded, “I believe in blurring the lines between the public and private spheres as completely separate historical categories. You cannot truly understand George Washington without understanding the world in which he lived, and that includes his family relationships, his home life, and his plantation.”
Elisa Shields was born in the United States, but spent most of her formative years in France. She returned to the United States to attend Knox College, a small liberal arts school from which she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Art History.
At Knox, Elisa developed a strong interest in anthropology and history. From there, she decided to pursue history through a social lens, focusing especially but not exclusively on modern European history, early American history, and Native American history.
Now at the Washington Papers, Elisa works on the Revolutionary War series conducting historical and bibliographic research and other related research support.
When asked what period of history interests her most, Elisa said, “Living in France during La Belle Époque would be amazing not only for the wave of optimism that reigned at the time, but because of the overflow of culture that flourished during the period: art, fashion, music, and literature among others. I’ve always been fascinated but also nostalgic of this period despite never having experienced it. The outbreak of world war I dismantled the peace, hope and prosperity of the time – not to mention the entire loss of a generation that ensued – so, living in a pre-world war world would be quite wonderful to experience, even if only for a few days.”
As an undergraduate, Katie interned as an Associate Editor for the cultural magazine Gadfly Online, and as a communications intern for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). In the past year, she has also been the interning coordinator for the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative.
In her role at the Papers, she helps to develop the social media and general outreach efforts of the project.
When asked what compels her most about history, she responded that she enjoys “connecting with people, cultures, and ideas of the past to ultimately better understand ourselves and engage with others.”
Jane Haxby received a BA in Religious Studies from Yale in 1999, an MA in English from UVA in 2011 (thesis: “Interruption, Continuity, and Personhood in Three Early Poems by T. S. Eliot”), and a certificate in copyediting from UC San Diego (online) in 2013.
Before beginning full-time at the Papers, Jane worked as an independent contractor in copyediting for the Papers, publishing companies, and individual authors. She also worked in fundraising for Lynchburg College, in admissions for UVA, and in the Writing Center and as an adjunct instructor for Sweet Briar College.
Today, Jane is a copy editor at the Papers, working with Associate Editor Tom Dulan and the volume editors to ensure ease of language and consistency of style and formatting.
Her favorite era is the years surrounding and during the First World War. She loves the experimentation in the arts occurring at the time, and is fascinated by this period as a transition into the modern era. As she learns more about the Revolutionary War era and George Washington in particular, she is reminded more and more of how transformative and defining the time was for our country and the world. While not a historian, Jane loves words, and finds it such a pleasure that her role at the Papers entails reading the words of our Founding Fathers and Mothers and helping to make those words and the events they describe accessible and clear.
Donald Jackson,* Editor Emeritus, 1969-1977
W. W. Abbot,* Editor Emeritus, 1977-1992
Dorothy Twohig,* Editor Emeritus, 1992-1998
Philander D. Chase, Editor Emeritus, 1998-2004
Theodore J. Crackel, Editor Emeritus, 2004-2010