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Seminar on editing historical sources

When Sep 08, 2008
from 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Royal Library, The Hague
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Seminar on the editing of historical sources: principles, traditions and practice

Institute of Netherlands History/Porta Historica. A Network of Institutions Editing Historical Sources

On September 8 2008 the Institute of Netherlands History (ING) will receive two prominent experts on the editing of historical sources. The ING has organized a seminar on the occasion of their visit. This will also be an activity of Porta Historica. A Network of Institutions Editing Historical Sources (

Dr. Mary-Jo Kline has worked for several American source publications. She is the author of the influential handbook A Guide to Documentary Editing, of which the first edition was published in 1987 (Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press) and the second in 1998. The third edition will appear shortly.

Professor Theodore Crackel is editor-in-chief of The Papers of George Washington. This is one of the largest historical source-projects in the United States. It began in 1969, and currently 52 of the approximately 90 volumes have been published. A digital version is also in preparation. The project was initiated and is being conducted under the auspices of the University of Virginia (

Apart from the contributions of these American experts, dr. Eef Dijkhof will give a presentation on traditions in the publishing of sources in the United States and Europe. He is attached to the ING and is well known for his editing of medieval charters, most recently for the Oorkondenboek van Holland en Zeeland tot 1299.



14.00 Opening
14.05 Mary-Jo Kline. Electronic editing and the principles and practice of documentary editing
14.45 Eef Dijkhof. Traditions in documentary editing in the United States and Europe
15.30 Interval
15.45 Theodore Crackel. The Papers of George Washington
16.30 Reception

The seminar will take place in hall B/C of the National Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5 in The Hague. Anyone interested is very welcome.
Please confirm your presence to, phone 070-3156408.

Institute of Netherlands History (ING), P.O. Box 90755, 2509 LT The Hague, The Netherlands