Documentary Editing, Association for


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Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 31: 2010 ISSN 0196-7134


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The American historical editing profession has a rich and varied history of publishing projects ranging from the collected papers of great men and women to diaries of relatively obscure individuals. However, one senses that as the profession enters the twenty-first century, as new technologies appear, and as boundaries between disciplines are blurred, the profession is at a loss as to where to place itself. This article is based on a survey of current projects, both in the United States and internationally, from a variety of disciplines, and in both traditional print and new media. My aim is to broaden our definition of historical editing and to encourage a dialogue among different kinds of projects. The current ongoing evolution of documentary editing spurred by the Internet raises a question: Is this a crisis or an opportunity?