Documentary Editing, Association for


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Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 5, Number 4, December 1983. ISSN 0196-7134


© Association for Documentary Editing, 1983. Used by permission.


When I reflect on the state of our association after five years of existence I am pleased at what I see. We have been forced by circumstances to mature early-ours was a baptism by fire and I think we have succeeded. The hopes expressed at our organizational meeting in St. Louis in 1978 and the goals set by the first councils have been realized in a short period of time. Our membership has grown steadily and increasing numbers of people have attended our annual meetings to exchange information and ideas and to participate in the program. The editing guide called for by the association has been written and steps are now being taken to get it published. This is a major accomplishment for Mary-Jo Kline and for the association at large. Our committee structure is quite large and strong, involving more and more people in the affairs of the association. And perhaps most impressively, through the leadership of a small dedicated group dear to us all, our association has helped stem the most recent tide of Reagan administration anti-intellectualism that threatened the extinction of the NHPRC and the health of most historical projects.