Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2006

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 28, Number 4, Winter 2006. ISSN 0196-7134


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As I speak here today, the end is definitely near for The Documentary History of the Supreme Court We have sent back the page proofs for the eighth and final volume and are now scurrying to complete the index. On 31 December, the project will officially go out of business. Of course, it would be difficult to claim that we have rushed these volumes into print. The project began in 1977. People invariably will say: "You are telling me that it has taken thirty years for you to do a history of just the first ten years of the Court." I always mumble something about having been personally involved for only the last fifteen years and try to change the subject. But the project has indeed taken nearly three decades, and perhaps only other documentary editors could understand how that might happen.