Assistant Editor, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:00am

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  The KHS mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

KHS is seeking an assistant editor to join the professional staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition.  This is a federally-funded, time-limited position, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The assistant editor will work directly with the project’s director and staff in Frankfort, as well as conduct independent research trips to locate, control, and scan documents held in repositories across the nation. The assistant editor will be responsible for transcription, markup, proofing, fact-checking, and research for annotation, and will share responsibility with the project‘s director for overall editorial consistency of the edition.

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG -K) is a multi-year documentary-editing project dedicated to locating, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing documents associated with all five of the state’s Civil War governors, including the three Union governors, Beriah Magoffin (1859-62), James F. Robinson (1862-63), and Thomas E. Bramlette (1863-67), and the two provisional Confederate governors, George W. Johnson (1861-62) and Richard Hawes (1862-65). This edition will focus on the period between November 1860, the date of Lincoln’s election as president, and the end of December 1865, roughly corresponding with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery.  Each of these national milestones signaled a sea change in Kentucky’s political and social order.   Groundbreaking in its conceptualization, CWG-K will provide new ways to look at the society of this era. CWG-K is endorsed by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. To learn more about the digital edition, go to


·         M.A. in history; and

·         Valid driver’s license.


·         A Ph.D. with research specialization in 19th century U.S. history.

·         Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent communication skills.

·         Working knowledge of or experience with documentary editing or digital humanities.

·         Proficiency with XML markup, particularly TEI encoding.

Starting monthly salary is $3,084.06.  Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan.  This is a full-time position located in Frankfort KY.

To apply, e-mail complete dossier, including cover letter, c.v. or resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a short (20-30 printed page) writing sample (all files in MS-Word or PDF format), to No phone calls please.

Application deadline is May 1, 2015. Anticipated start date is June 16, 2015.Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

To learn more about the Kentucky Historical Society, go to


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