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History of NFEW

DIG3152 Introduction to Electronic Textual Editing was created by the UNF Digital Humanities Institute in 2015, as part of the Digital Humanities Minor that became effective in the fall of 2016. 

The course was first taught, under an experimental course code, in the summer of 2016, by Dr. Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish, and Dr. Aisha Johnson-Jones, then head of Special Collections and Archives in UNF's Thomas G. Carpenter Library. In that initial iteration, the course focused on the papers of Eartha M.M. White, a key figure in the African American history of Jacksonville.

The ongoing project Editing the Eartha M.M. White Collection grew out of that Summer 2016 course, and later involved workshop series led by student interns. Most notably, history/Spanish major Carol Lynne Hemmingway served as the student leader for that project in the spring of 2020 and again in the spring of 2021. She received academic credit for her work through through the course DIG4944 Digital Humanities Internship.

The collaboration between Hemmingway and Dr. McCarl determined in many ways the direction of the next iteration of DIG3152. In Summer 2020, the course involved a group of 18 students, who edited documents related to local history housed in UNF Special Collections, the PK Younge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida, and the St. Augustine Historical Society. The North Florida Editorial Workshop was established to gather their work.

In the fall of 2020 history major Marisa Pechillo, a participant in the summer course, conducted a second round of editorial work on most of the documents edited over the summer. She also revised and expanded the corresponding exhibits. Marisa did this work as part of an internship with the North Florida Editorial Workshop, for which she received academic credit through the course DIG4944 Digital Humanities Internship.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, students from the summer course presented on their work at various academic conferences.

Going forward, this website will continue to be the venue for publishing work created by students in DIG3152. We hope that the North Florida Editing Workshop will also be a catalyst for additional student-led projects like Editing the Eartha M.M. White Collection.