Job Announcement: Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant Vacancy — Closes Feb. 8, 2019

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks an Editorial Assistant to join the staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK). This nationally recognized digital humanities project that locates and publishes new stories about everyday Kentuckians navigating an unprecedented national and community crisis through documents associated with the state’s Civil War governors. For more information on CWGK, visit

This position will assist with ongoing editorial work such as document search, identification and control, transcription, and proofing on digitized texts from libraries and archives in Kentucky and across the nation. The editorial assistant will also edit biographies for a growing social network of people, places, and organizations mentioned in those texts. The editorial assistant will occasionally assist in CWGK outreach efforts and special projects.

The work of this editorial assistant focuses on the KHS mission to prepare for the challenges of the future through an understanding of the past. This work empowers a collaborative KHS Research Experience team to prepare exceptional history and humanities content for diverse contemporary audiences of scholars, students, and citizens.

This is a Federally Funded, Time Limited position made possible by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. This position is scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2019.

Education/Experience – Masters degree and/or Bachelors degree and 2 years’ experience in history, archives, editing, education or related field is required. Research specialization in 19th century U.S. history, experience with documentary editing, classroom teaching experience, and/or digital humanities is preferred.

Familiarity with Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, and email is required. Special training in or experience with photo editing, database use and management, XML (particularly TEI) encoding, and online exhibition software is preferred.

Must be able to complete editorial tasks with the highest attention to detail. Must be able to self-regulate work rate and complete multiple assigned tasks accurately and efficiently. Must be willing to travel within Kentucky and other states. Must be willing to occasionally work evenings and weekends. Must be able to remain stationary for extended periods.

Annual salary for this position is $32,000. 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, Kentucky.

To apply, e-mail a complete dossier including: cover letter, C.V., transcripts, contact information (email, telephone) for three professional references and a short (2-3 pp.) statement of your experience with or appreciation of digital humanities and/or documentary editing. All files should be in Word or PDF format and sent to No phone calls please.

Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2019.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

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

Job Announcement: Associate Editor, Publications Department, Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time Associate Editor to work in its Publications Department. An independent research library and major repository of American manuscript materials, the Society was founded in 1791 to collect, preserve, and make available resources for the study of American history. The Associate Editor helps to fulfill the Society’s mission to communicate historical manuscripts and other materials that promote the study of the history of Massachusetts and the nation to a broad audience, in print and digital form. The Publications Department is responsible for production of the Society’s journal (Massachusetts Historical Review) and newsletter (MHS Miscellany) as well as print and digital book publications, including scholarly editions of archival documents. The Associate Editor contributes to the production and development of all titles; projects currently underway include an edition (digital) of a 17th-century Wampanoag vocabulary and an edition (printed) of the journal of 19th-century Boston reformer Caroline Healey Dall.

The Associate Editor will participate in all editorial and production tasks, including copyediting, verification, typesetting, proofreading, and communicating with vendors and authors. The Associate Editor will work closely with the Editor of Publications on project development and management, documentation of editorial standards, and coordination of the department’s responsibilities with the Society’s mission at large. The work requires an extreme attention to detail and a desire to collaborate with coworkers on work plans, problem-solving, and delivering the final product. Responsibilities may also include some supervision of interns/volunteers and assistance with inventory and distributor relationships. The successful candidate will be dedicated to producing work that meets the high standards set by the institution.


Bachelor’s degree in related humanities field.

Minimum of 3 years’ experience on a publishing team, including print production management and shepherding humanities text through the editorial process, shaping pieces for consistency and logic.

Demonstrated commitment to maintaining the highest level of quality in the production of scholarly resources and achieving accessibility for a general audience.

Experience with digital production tools (Adobe Creative Suite preferred).
Ability to provide constructive feedback to peers and to communicate effectively with colleagues, editors, authors, and vendors.

Effective planning and organizational skills with proven ability to analyze complex content, troubleshoot, and prioritize tasks.

Excellent command of grammar and style.

A knowledge of or sincere interest in Massachusetts or American history.

Ability to read cursive. Job applicants invited for an interview will be asked to take a short test to evaluate their ability to edit for syntax and may also be asked to take a transcription test.


Graduate degree in related humanities field or relevant professional degree.

Background in academic or cultural institutions, with extra points for transcribing text from archival materials.

Familiarity with XML and related languages.

Experience with graphic/book design.

To apply, please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references by February 1, 2019, to pubs_job[at]masshist [dot]org. Address materials to Ondine Le Blanc, Editor of Publications, Publications Department, Massachusetts Historical Society.