Documentary Editing, Association for


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Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 4, Number 2, May 1982. ISSN 0196-7134


© Association for Documentary Editing, 1982. Used by permission.


When I began work on this paper, I started from the assumption that I would discover a range of arguments to justify continued federal funding for documentary editing through the powers of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission structured much as we have come to know it. My effort to think through this question has, instead, brought me to quite another position. Whatever options we may now have about federal funding, I no longer believe that we should replicate what we have had before. I do not believe it is wise to continue funding for historical editing through the commission under the guidelines of the past.