Association for Documentary Editing

Established: 1978. Affiliate since June 2011. Membership: 263. Annual dues: $60 regular; $40 retired; $15 student; $100 sustaining; $130 sponsor; $250 patron; $500 benefactor.

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) is to serve as a professional association for its membership, which is comprised of historians, literary scholars, and other individuals with an interest in the editing of important historical documents (i.e. the papers, published works, and other records of significant individuals and groups). The ADE provides its members a forum for the exchange of ideas on editorial practices and standards. The editing of historical documents has been practiced in the United States for over two hundred years. Until the 1970s, however, when the ADE was established, little had been done to record and codify the methods documentary editors employed in their work. Before that time, editors embarking on new projects could find little to guide their efforts. The ADE is committed to the highest professional standards in transcription and editorial methodology, in annotation and conceptual indexing, in education and project management, and in the integration of new technologies into editorial practices. The ADE encourages support for the publication of our documentary heritage by working closely with federal agencies and other institutions that fund documentary editions and by educating legislators, administrators, scholars, and the general public about the enduring value of documentary editing.

Annual Meeting: August

Publications: Documentary Editing, 1979–2011, vols. 1–32; Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing; Mary-Jo Kline and Susan H. Perdue, A Guide to Documentary Editing, 3rd ed. (Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press, 2008).


Association for Documentary Editing
Dept. of History
Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia
Columbia, SC 29208

Primary Contact: Constance Schulz,


John A. Lupton
Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission

Ted Crackel

Past President
James P. McClure
Princeton Univ.

Constance B. Schulz
Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia

Director of Publications
Andrew Jewell
Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln

AHA Liaison
John T. Fierst
Central Michigan Univ.