Documentary Editing, Association for


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Documentary Editing, Volume 24, Number 4, December 2002.

ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)


2002 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954, Ted went on to receive his Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr in 1962. He then taught at Phillips Academy, the University of Delaware, St. Stephen's School in Rome (where the library is named in his honor), the Johns Hopkins University, and Catholic University, Dr. Carter's life came full circle when he returned to Philadelphia in 1980. There he became the Librarian of the American Philosophical Society and began teaching at Penn. He brought with him to the APS the ten-volume edition of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, then in progress under his leadership. In the twenty-two years he served as Librarian, Ted oversaw an explosive growth in the scope of the Society's collections. He delighted in acquiring manuscripts and books, reaching out in new directions to strengthen the holdings in nineteenth- and twentieth-century history of science. "We're not just about Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson any more," he liked to tease me. Ted was also keen to see those collections used. He encouraged the editors of the Franklin Papers to consult the APS manuscripts whenever needed and he and the staff under his directorship made us feel at home. He also built up a strong program of research grants so that other scholars could have better access to the treasures of the APS.