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Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 30, Fall and Winter, Numbers 3 and 4: 2008-2009 ISSN 0196-7134


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The ADE is at an important crossroads. Much has changed in the documentary editing profession in the past three decades. New methods of publication have emerged; the era of the large projects is diminishing; and the number of users of published historical documents has exploded as a result of the Web. Many more people are engaged in the practices that we call documentary editing (the selection, transcription, and explication of documents), but these same individuals don’t define their work or their profession as such. Scholars use new and changing tools to produce their work in ways that weren’t imaginable when the Association was formed in St. Louis in 1978. At the same time, documentary editions are getting national attention. Transcription practices in a new edition of Robert Frost’s writings have received national attention through articles in The New York Times and Slate. In February 2008, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Founding Fathers papers. Thus, this is an opportune time to look ahead.