Historian Updates in Progress

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge
Part 5: His­to­rian Updates in Progress

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge is a series of arti­cles about the His­to­rian Archives Project and how you can become involved.

Here is my sug­ges­tion: Orga­nize and pub­lish what we already have as a series of “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” vol­umes on CD. We have, right now, enough man­u­scripts and par­tial man­u­scripts to pub­lish sev­eral thou­sand pages!

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What is the point of pub­lish­ing “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” which has not been thor­oughly rewrit­ten and brought up to our best edi­to­r­ial stan­dard? Does this mean we are low­er­ing our stan­dards? No; it’s quite the oppo­site! Let me explain.

One of our stated goals is to share the His­to­rian Archive con­tents with our mem­ber­ship, in one form or another. If we take the infor­ma­tion that is already in man­u­script form, we are doing exactly that. It’s not up to the stan­dard we would expect of a pub­lished bound vol­ume, but it is a large step in that direction.

What’s more impor­tant is that we are doing a direct ser­vice to our mem­ber­ship. We are mak­ing our body of knowl­edge avail­able to our mem­ber­ship in an orga­nized use­ful fash­ion. Fur­ther­more, we are mak­ing that infor­ma­tion avail­able lit­er­ally years ear­lier than might oth­er­wise happen.

We use the “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” pro­gram to stim­u­late inter­est in what we have, and to encour­age sub­mis­sion of addi­tional infor­ma­tion for future updates. We use the “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” as the means of gain­ing a far higher qual­ity result when we do those future updates.

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