Documentary Editing, Association for


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Documentary Editing, Volume 23, Number 1, March 2001.

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


2001 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


In 1799, Georgia made the earliest attempt of any state to obtain copies of its colonial records from Europe. The history of its subsequent efforts to obtain and publish this earliest documentation well represents the problems and attempted solutions made by the many other such projects in the two centuries that followed. After all of the efforts to make its colonial records accessible, the state still does not have . a complete and credible publication of these records, and this goal remains elusive.

Part of the difficulty stems from decisions on editing, problems that originated in the acquisition of copies of the records. After copies were obtained, the editors of Georgia's colonial records have had to address other questions of how much of this material to publish and in what formats. The editing, like the acquisition, has a history of decisions based too often on politics and limited funds. Even now, no project has yet attempted an electronic publication of the available colonial records.