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  • About Camp Edit

Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents: Camp Edit

In 2012, the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, fondly called "Camp Edit," will be conducted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Like in the past, it provided 15 to 18 interns with classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the techniques of documentary editing.

Over the years, the Institute has been extremely productive. Since its debut in 1972, it has trained more than 500 scholars. Of these, 70 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 various historical publications, archivists, manuscript librarians, government historians, and graduate students from many universities. The Wisconsin Historical Society, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) are proud past sponsors of the annual Institute.

During the Institute, experienced documentary editors provide instruction on starting a project, transcription, selection, annotation, fund raising, promoting the project, electronic editions, indexing, and publishing the edition. There are also opportunities for one-on-one advice on the interns' own projects.

There is no charge for tuition. Application to the Institute is competitive, with numerous applicants every year from all over the country.

The 2012 faculty will be announced by the Massachusetts Historical Society in the spring of 2012. Questions about curriculum and local arrangements for interns should be directed to the Massachusetts Historical Society.


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