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For more than twenty years, A Guide to Documentary Editing has proven an invaluable tool for scholarly editors, editors-in-training, readers of documentary editions, and other students of American history and literature. This new, extensively revised edition of the Guide arrives in the midst of great change in the field. In addition to exploring fully the increasingly central role electronic technology plays in the editing process, this edition provides the most current treatment of the craft’s fundamental issues. These include locating and collecting sources, transcribing source texts, conventions of textual treatment, dealing with nontextual elements, and preparing editions for publishers. The documentary-editing environment is more vibrant than ever, and the authors draw on this wealth of activity to include numerous examples of the Guide’s principles in practice.

The most innovative aspect of this latest edition of the Guide is a new digital component. Users may access the entire contents online through a dedicated Web site. In addition to offering the convenience of easy online access, this Web edition will include hyperlinks to relevant literature and will act as an archive for material from earlier editions. Most important, it will be periodically revised and updated, to ensure a Guide that is always current with best practice. The online edition is available at http://gde.upress.virginia.edu.

Each edition of the Guide has become the standard text for scholarly editors, whether their focus is correspondence, journals, diaries, financial records, professional papers, or unpublished manuscripts. This print/digital edition presents this essential guide in its most dynamic and useful form yet.

Published in association with the Association for Documentary Editing

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a guide which details every step of the editing process as practiced in the electronic information age<-->planning a project, organizing materials, evaluating and transcribing texts, applying textual and editorial conventions, and preparing the edition for the publisher. The author also comments on new forms of electronic documentary publication such as CD-ROMs, locally available text bases, and internet sites, and she updates the guide's survey of literature including document selection, annotation, and nonverbal sources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813927275
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary-Jo Kline, author of the two previous editions of A Guide to Documentary Editing, has served as Associate Editor of The Papers of John Jay and The Papers of John Adams and Editor of The Papers of Aaron Burr. Susan H. Perdue has served as a research assistant at The Papers of James Madison, Associate Editor at The Papers of John Marshall, and is currently Senior Associate Editor at The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword Roger A. Bruns xi Introduction: What Is Documentary Editing? Where Did It Come From? 1 I Early American Documentary Editing 4 II Statesmen's Papers and "Historical" Editing 6 III Editing the Nation's Literature: The Americanization of Copy-Text 8 IV The Evolution of Distinctive Methodologies 11 V The 1950s: The Critical Reception of Historical Editing 13 VI The 1960s and 1970s: Editing and Relevance 13 VII The MLA and Private Writings 17 VIII The Beginning of Interdisciplinary Evaluation 19 IX A Period of Reexamination: The 1980s and 1990s 22 X The Reshaping of Scholarly Editing and Publication by Electronic Technology 25 XI A Guide to Editing in a New Millennium 27 Suggested Readings 31 Chapter 1 Initiating an Editorial Project 35 I The Guide's Electronic Component 36 II Old Lessons in a New Century 36 III What Kind of Edition Will It Be? 38 IV The Control File and Its Descendants 44 Suggested Readings 50 Chapter 2 Putting the Control File to Work 52 I The Search for Documents 52 II Cataloging and Control 75 III Conclusion 84 Suggested Readings 85 Chapter 3 Identifying Source Texts 87 I Authentication and Attribution 88 II Types of Documentary Materials 90 III Horrible Exceptions to These Simple Rules 103 IV Conclusion 109 Suggested Readings 109 Chapter 4 Transcribing the Source Text 112 I Who Does the Transcribing? 114 II General Rules for Transcription 115 III Special Transcription Methods 117 IV Transcription Forms and Control 118 V Factors Affecting Transcription Methods 119 VI Conclusion 139 Suggested Readings 140 Chapter 5 The Conventions of Textual Treatment 141 I The Bases of Scholarly Editing: Standardizing, Recording, and Emending 144 IIPhotographic and Typographic Facsimiles 146 III Editorial Texts Requiring Symbols or Textual Annotation 151 IV Diplomatic Transcriptions 161 V The Middle Ground: Inclusive Texts and Expanded Transcriptions 163 VI Clear Text 173 VII Electronic Publication 178 VIII Conclusion 178 Suggested Readings 179 Chapter 6 From Transcriptions to Editorial Texts 181 I Putting Transcriptions to Work 181 II Exceptions to Some General Rules 187 III Translations 203 IV Current "Good Practice" 209 V Conclusion 212 Suggested Readings 213 Chapter 7 Nontextual Elements of an Edition 215 I Select Editions and Comprehensive Records 215 II Organization 219 III Contextual Editorial Contributions 227 IV Citation of Sources 249 V Preparation of Informational Notes 254 VI Supplements to Informational Annotation 255 VII Conclusion 258 Suggested Readings 259 Chapter 8 Publishing the Edition 263 I Book Editions: From Hot Type to No Type 264 II Microforms 267 III Electronic Editions 268 IV Documentary Editors and Their Publishers 273 V Front and Back Matter 274 VI CSE Inspections 280 VII Final Establishment of the Documentary Text 281 VIII The Index 283 IX After Publication 288 Suggested Readings 289 Appendix Form Letters 291 References 295 Index 319
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