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Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 2, Number 1, February 1980. ISSN 0196-7134


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Incomplete though my own knowledge and wisdom are, this is the time, above all others, when we need to take a hard look at ourselves and what we are doing and not doing; that what we need is honest if unpleasant self-scrutiny, not self-congratulation. The love of God is the beginning of wisdom; but we can neither love God nor acquire wisdom until we are honest about ourselves. Let me hasten to say that the following observations about our deficiencies as documentary editors apply exclusively, I think it is fair to say, to those of us who work in materials relating to American history. When I talk about the absence of even basic agreement on methodology or methodologies, I do not refer to epigraphers, classicists, Arabists, medievalists, and literary textual specialists. I will say more about them later and about the contributions that they could make to this organization. 1