Albert Einstein (1879–1955), one of the foremost scientists and public figures of the 20th century, revolutionized our views of time and space, matter and light, gravitation and the universe.
The Einstein Papers Project is engaged in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science. The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein provides the first complete picture of Einstein’s massive written legacy.
The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein series now covers Einstein's life and work up to his 46th birthday. It presents, as annotated full text, 400 writings by Einstein and 3,450 letters written by and to him. An additional 2,654 documents appear in abstract.
I am very fortunate to have participated in this year’s 47th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in Olympia, Washington. The five-day intensive workshop is for individuals new to historical documentary editing and covers the numerous tasks of documentary editing: collection and cataloging, selection and digitization, transcription and encoding, annotation and contextualization, proofreading and verification, organization and layout, copyediting and indexing. Broader concerns that most projects face are also addressed in the workshop: planning and budgeting, funding and promotion, book production and web design, teaching and curriculum development, as well as outreach and advocacy.
The group was quite interesting; most of them being very experienced editors. It was a tough program and the wide range of interesting projects presented was exciting. I will benefit from the perspective I gained on different topics. The spotlight presentations and practice sessions on transcribing, annotation, and indexing were most enlightening.
The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is administered by the Association for Documentary Editing under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration. 7-16-18
Photo Credits: Sini Elvington presenting at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. Editing Institute in session. Editing Institute participants with workshop instructors.