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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

ARCHIVED: ESM QuickLesson 14




DearREADERS,
Although we attempted to make the distinction between "official" typed documents and "transcripts"  this session boiled down to understanding this phrase from Elizabeth Shown Mills' Quick Lesson 14:


"The most expert typist is not always competent to transcribe handwritten documents exactly. From this fact stems one of the gravest problems of the editing and publishing of historical documents, for it is a truism that most textual corruptions are traceable directly to the transcriber." [Emphasis added. Note ESM cites the author of this warning when she says: "Clarence Edwin Carter, the transcriber and editor of the Territorial Papers series, was considered a master at his craft. He actually wrote the National Archives’s official guide to the subject: Historical Editing, a work as valuable today as it was when published in 1952."]
SYLLABUS

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 14: Petitions—What Can We Do with a List of Names?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-14-petitions%E2%80%94what-can-we-do-list-names : accessed 30 Sept 2015).
and
"Printed Primary Sources" & Naive Trust
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “ 'Printed Primary Sources' and Naive Trust," Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/printed-primary-sources-naive-trust : accessed 30 Sept 2015).


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