From the News column in the April 2002 Perspectives

Concluding Volume of Jameson Documentary Edition Published

AHA Staff, April 2002

The third and concluding volume of John Franklin Jameson and the Development of Humanistic Scholarship in America has been published by the University of Georgia Press. This documentary edition providing a conspectus of the life and work of a pioneering AHA president who was instrumental in the founding of the National Archives, was sponsored by the AHA, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities provided major funding for the project, which began in 1984.

The third volume of the three-volume study covers Jameson's years in Washington, D.C., from 1905 until his death in 1937, when he was the chief of the manuscript division in the Library of Congress. Jameson held the presidency of the AHA in 1907 and served as editor of the American Historical Review between 1905 and 1928.

The first volume of the edition, published in 1993 presented Jameson's lectures, speeches, and essays, providing a representative sample of his scholarly concerns and of his public statements as an advocate for history. The second volume, published in 1996, covered the years from Jameson's birth in 1859 to his arrival in Washington, D.C. It contains diary entries, selections from correspondence, and reports that trace Jameson's emergence as a historian and scholar.

The three volumes were edited by Morey Rothberg, who also served as project director. Jacqueline Coggan was coeditor on the first volume and Frank Milliken and John Terry Chase served as assistant editors.