Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2004

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 26, Number 4, Winter 2004. ISSN 0196-7134


2004 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


Editors are really biographers of sorts almost all the time when editing ~ the papers of their subjects. All meaningful characters who appear in documentary editions are usually identified in footnotes and head notes, biographical directories, introductions, and sometimes even in indexes. No one knows the subject-the person being studied-as well as the documentary editor. Day in and day out editors pore over their documents intently, attempting to make sense of the interrelationships among all the historical participants. As part of their responsibility, editors explain the intricacies and uncertainties in these relationships.