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Confronting the Complexities of Digital Publication: A Glimpse into the ADE Seminar on Critical Issues

By Katie Blizzard, Communications Specialist
June 11, 2018

In late June, numerous textual-editing scholars will travel to Olympia, Washington, to attend the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) Annual Meeting. The three-day conference will allow these scholars to discuss the practices and challenges of editing historical documents. For the past few years, the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), through their grant-funded support of a seminar held during the conference, has encouraged attendees to identify and address the obstacles that prevent documentary editing from being fully accessible and sustainable. The commission’s sponsorship enables cross-disciplinary scholars to contribute to a meaningful dialogue about the critical issues facing the field.

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What is the Center for Digital Editing?: A Partner, a Leader, an Organizer

by Jennifer Stertzer, Senior Editor at the Washington Papers and Director of the CDE
October 28, 2016

The Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia has a very specific mission: to advance the practice of editing by creating and encouraging the growth of innovative project solutions. We aim to help projects accomplish the twin goals of documentary editing—scholarship and accessibility—by taking full advantage of the possibilities of our hyperlinked world. Over the past year, we have identified four elements we see as essential to advancing that mission: research and development, engagement, project consultation and development, and education.

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Land for Sale: Inquire Within

George Washington’s ties to the land — to Mount Vernon and his other farms and his extensive knowledge of Lord Fairfax’s vast Virginia properties — are widely known. But far less has been written about the details of his land speculation far to the west, in the Ohio River valley extending into modern-day West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. In his will, Washington left vast tracts of what was then western Virginia to Martha Washington’s granddaughter and future owner of Tudor Place, Martha Peter. Even less has been recorded about the disposition of these inheritances. Continue reading

Defending “this damned treaty”: Jay, Washington, and the 1794 Anglo-American Treaty

Portrait of John Jay by Gilbert Stuart.

Portrait of John Jay by Gilbert Stuart.

Popular discontent surrounding the 1794 Anglo-American Treaty led to some contemporary journalists calling George Washington’s presidency “as productive of producing numerous ‘public evils.'” In a guest blog post for The Selected Papers of John Jay, one of our Senior Editors, David Hoth, outlines GW’s relationship with John Jay throughout the preparation and negotiation of the treaty. Read the article on the Selected Papers of John Jay website.