FINAL EDITING PROJECT
Each student will select, in consultation with the instructor, a primary, historical source and prepare a rigorous
annotation and edition of it. Your task will be to:
Write an introduction placing the selection in its historical context
Write a statement of editorial methodology, explaining what decisions you have made about spelling,
grammar, missing words, headings or subheadings, or other insertions of your work into the manuscript
Provide appropriate maps and illustrations and enumerate these in a list of figures
Prepare informational endnotes (or side notes) identifying obscure persons, events, and places,
citing your sources for such information
Write an analysis of the source you have edited, interpreting its content and historical value
and significance, taking into account relevant published historical scholarship on this topic
Compile a bibliography of the sources which you have used in editing the primary document.
Your original document should be approximately 15-20 typed pages (double-spaced) in length. (It may
be somewhat shorter if you are using certain kinds of sources, such as a document that you translate
from a foreign language.)
The historical work for documentary editing should be non-fiction, historical material—for example, a
diary, a series of letters, reminiscences, court or hearings testimony, an autobiography, or a first-person
narrative describing an event or an experience.
Finally, be sure to edit and proofread your project thoroughly before
submitting it. Poor syntax or structure and excessive errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar will
lower your grade.
The final editing project is due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday 7 December.