first electronic imprint|
By Charlotte Crystal
of Virginia Press is inaugurating its
new Rotunda collection of digital scholarship
with the release of “The Dolley Madison Digital Edition,” an
edited collection of letters delivered in a sophisticated Web-based format.
edition, edited by Holly Shulman, research professor in
Studies in Women and Gender, will provide
a complete edition of all of the known correspondence
of Dolley Payne Madison, wife of the fourth U.S. President, James Madison.
Arguably the most important First Lady of the 19th century, Madison created
for presidents’ wives that endures today.
Dolley Madison’s correspondence illustrates her behind-the-scenes influence
and provides an unprecedented view of the Jefferson and Madison administrations,
the early history of Washington and the White House, and the era’s manners
and morals. The first installment of this edition contains more than 700 letters,
through June 1836, with 2,000 additional letters planned for later installments.
Because they are stored in an Extensible Markup Language-based archive, Madison’s
letters may be read in chronological order or searched by time period, correspondent
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which provided the press
with a two-year, $642,000 grant in 2000, has
just awarded another two-year, $638,000 grant
the development of the press’ electronic imprint.
generous support from the Mellon Foundation underlines
the significance of the press’ digital publishing initiatives, which are on their way to
becoming a trusted source of electronic, scholarly publications in the humanities,” said
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III.
The Office of the President also has supported the project
financially, having matched the foundation’s initial and renewal grants.
electronic project follows the publication of “The
Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison,” a volume
published by the press and co-edited by Shulman and David
B. Mattern, associate editor
of the Papers of James Madison
a related announcement, the press named Mark Saunders,
press assistant director, as manager of its electronic
to serve as marketing
and sales director for books, but also will oversee new electronic
initiatives made possible by the latest funding. These initiatives
two collections of digital materials, the American Founding Era
and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.
In addition to producing materials originally meant for
digital publication, the electronic imprint will
begin to digitize previously
documentary and critical editions on 18th and 19th century
topics. The imprint also
will seek to acquire related works from other university presses,
and convert some of the press’ other projects into electronic editions.
fall, the press will begin to create a digital edition
of the 52 published volumes of The Papers of George Washington,
support from the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. The press
plans to explore the
possibility of creating a digital edition of The Papers of