Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Fall 2005

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Documentary Editing, Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2005. ISSN 0196-7134


2005 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


By day I edit the papers of George Washington, one of those increasingly popular dead white men. But on nights and weekends I spend my time with Samuel Kirkland, a not-so-popular dead white man whom I would classify as above-average. I was first introduced to Kirkland in the 1980s, and shortly thereafter I made him the topic of my dissertation. Although some might describe him as a "dour Presbyterian," I find him fascinating.

By now I am sure that most readers are wondering, who is Samuel Kirkland? and, why is he above-average? So let me briefly answer these questions before I describe editing his journals.