Humanities: United States History

Department: Washington Papers

Supervising Faculty Member: William Ferraro

Specialization: United States History

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.

Position 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.

Required skills: 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
Some facility with Microsoft WORD and EXCEL

Computer software: General familiarity is needed but no special training

Training/certification: None

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

Web site link to research: gwpapers.virginia.edu