Editorial Work and Contextual Research on Materials Related to North Florida History in UNF Special Collections
Author: Marisa Pechillo
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Clayton Mccarl
During the Summer 2020 semester, I participated in the course DIG3152, Intro to Electronic Textual Editing, during which I edited and created the exhibit for the Elisa Hatch letters, two documents from the 1840s held in UNF Special Collections. With the assistance of a generous grant from the UNF Office of Undergraduate Research as well as faculty support from Dr. Clayton McCarl, Susan Switosz, and Jennifer Bibb, this fall I am conducting a second round of editing and contextual research on selected documents edited during the summer course. These items consist of various documents, including several from the Varnum family collection and the Fleming family collection. The goal of this second round of editing and contextual research is to ensure the accuracy of all transcriptions and the adherence of all regularized reading versions to North Florida Editorial Workshop’s editorial standards, as well as expand the exhibit that introduces each document and collection on NFEW’s Omeka website. The finished materials aim to supplement the information available in the Library’s finding aids in addition to making the documents more accessible to researchers, scholars, and the general public, thus providing valuable opportunities for extending the narratives of local history in Jacksonville and the wider areas of Northeast Florida.