Humanities: 18th-Century U.S. History

Department: Papers of George Washington (office in Alderman Library)

Supervising Faculty Members: William M. Ferraro, Associate Professor/Associate Editor

Specialization: 18th-Century U.S. History; Documentary Editing; Bibliographic Research

Research Focus: The Papers of George Washington is a scholarly edition in print and electronic formats of all substantial correspondence and supporting materials related to Washington's life.  The control and use of archival and published manuscripts; primary sources found on paper, micro formats, or electronic databases; genealogical materials; and pertinent secondary sources and reference works are required to produce the final scholarly product.

Job Description: Create or proof authority files of people, places, and editorial identifications found in the various series of The Papers of George Washington.
Use library catalogs and databases to compile bibliographies on specific topics and then create files of the actual items for ready editorial use.
Conduct biographical and genealogical research to assist the writing of editorial identifications of individuals.

Scan or photocopy primary materials to create subsets of larger collections directly related to current editorial work.

Write brief annotations of books included in the project's online bibliography now under development.
Assist with the transcription and translation of 18th-century documents in non-English languages, especially Spanish and German.*

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background:  Able to operate photocopiers, scanners, and microproduct equipment.

Comfortable with large amounts of data and able to record information carefully and accurately.Some familiarity with the history of the American Revolution and later 18th century and a desire to engage in historical research Facility in non-English languages, especially Spanish and German.* The student must be able to work in The Papers of George Washington offices during regular business hours on a consistent basis.  The tasks require access to materials and equipment in the offices and cannot be accomplished offsite.  Many projects require work over significant stretches of time and continuity from day-to-day and week-to-week is important.

Microsoft WORD
Microsoft EXCEL
Adobe Acrobat X Pro                                                         

What You Will Learn: Conduct independent bibliographic research
Properly distinguish between and employ primary and secondary sources
Understand the process and value of documentary editing