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With funds from a Ford Foundation grant, the National Historical Publications Commission will offer five Fellowships in Advanced Editing of Documentary Sources for American History, 1974-75. Fellows will spend one calendar year working with one of five documentary publication projects in American history: the papers of Henry Clay, Jefferson Davis, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Johnson, or Robert Morris. Applications, including full academic transcripts, will be circulated to the five editors who will select the candidates most suited to their projects.
Applicants must be under thirty-five; they must hold the Ph.D. or have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation, or they must show equivalent qualifications by writings or edited publications demonstrating exceptional ability. The deadline for applications is November 1, 1973. Awards will be announced no later than March 1, 1974. The fellowship year may begin between July 1 and October 1 according to the preference of the fellow. Stipends are $10,000 with the doctorate and $9,000 without. For further information and application forms write to the Executive Director, National Historical Publications Commission, National Archives Building, Washington, DC 20408.
The commission has chosen five Fellows in Advanced Editing of Documentary Sources for American History, 1973-74. Philander D. Chase will serve with Donald Jackson, editor of the George Washington papers; Ralph J. Christian with Herbert Weaver, editor of the James K. Polk correspondence;
Charles M. Harris with Robert A. Rutland, editor of the James Madison papers; John B. Hench with Linda: G. De Pauw, editor of the papers of the First Congress; and Joseph G. Henrich with Harold C. Syrett, editor of the Alexander Hamilton papers.
At its meeting December 2, 1972, the National Historical Publications Commission recommended support for five continuing letterpress projects: the documentary history of the ratification of the Constitution at the University of Wisconsin; the Nathanael Greene papers at the Rhode Island Historical Society and the William L. Clements Library; the Andrew Johnson papers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Andrew Jackson papers at the University of Tennessee, Nashville, and the Ladies' Hermitage Association; and the Henry Laurens papers at the South Carolina Historical Society. The commission also recommended a grant for a microfilm edition of the Martin Van Buren papers at Pennsylvania State University, Ogontz.
As a result of Public Law 92-546, the Organization of American Historians now has two representatives on the commission, Edgar A. Toppin, professor of history at Virginia State College, Petersburg, and Edward M. Coffman, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The American Historical Association has selected Merrill D. Peterson, professor of history at the University of Virginia, to succeed Arthur S. Link, whose four-year term has expired.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND
The National Archives and Records Service continuously publishes items of interest to the historian, genealogist, and general reader. Previous publications are listed in the leaflet Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Service. Unless otherwise indicated, the new publications described below are available from the Publications Sales Branch (NATS), National Archives (GSA), Washington, DC 20408.
The fifth fascicle of volume 2 of Military Operations of the Civil War: A GuideIndex to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865 has been published. This fascicle consists of pages 333-428 and contains Section N, “Checklist of Recognized Military Operations by State and Date," and Section O, "Checklist of Recognized Military Operations by State, County, and Date," of volume 2, Main Eastern Theater of Operations. This fascicle as well as the first four fascicles of volume 2 are available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
The Guide to the Collection of Hungarian Political and Military Records, 190945 describes twenty-one rolls of records created or assembled between October 1944 and April 1945 by the Arrow-Cross regime of Ferenc Szálasi. Szálasi came to power in the coup d'etat of October 15, 1944, in which Admiral Miklós Horthy was deposed and deported by the German occupation authorities. The bulk of the records consists of unrealized plans or projects for a future "Hungarist" state, but some pertain to actual diplomatic, military, and administrative problems, and even conflicts with Szálasi's German allies.
Two microfilm publications relating to black history are available. Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, 1865-1870 (M843) consists of thirty-eight rolls upon which are reproduced thirty-two volumes and approximately twenty linear feet of unbound records. The volumes include letters and endorsements sent, registers of letters received, telegrams sent and received, general orders, special orders and circulars, registers of persons recommended as inspectors of elections, and a register of apprentices indentured. Unbound records consist mainly of letters received, orders, reports, and
Also available are Regulations for the Public Use of Records in the National Archives and Records Service, revised, General Information Leaflet no. 2, and Cartographic Archives Division, General Information Leaflet no. 26.
produced on two rolls. Richard Myers prepared the introductory material for both publications.
freedmen's labor contracts. The assistant commissioner directed the policies and programs of the Freedmen's Bureau in North Carolina, whose activities included the issuance of food, clothing, and medical supplies to refugees and freedmen, establishment and maintenance of schools for freedmen, supervision of freedmen's labor contracts and indentures, investigation of freedmen's complaints, and rendering assistance to black soldiers and sailors in filing and collecting claims for bounties, pensions, and pay arrearages. Jack L. Best prepared the editorial material and arranged the records for filming. The Negro in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886 (M858) consists of five rolls that reproduce seven volumes of records collected for intended publication by the Colored Troops Division of the Adjutant General's Office. This compilation, made under the supervision of Elon A. Woodward between 1885 and 1888, consists of copies from U.S. government and Confederate records in addition to a few original documents. Most of the coverage pertains to the Civil War and in particular to the organization and service of U.S. Colored Troops. Minimal coverage has been accorded to the revolutionary and prerevolutionary periods, War of 1812, and post-Civil War period, and none to the Mexican War. Jack L. Best prepared the editorial material.
Microfilm publications relating to the history of the Confederacy have been published. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Confederate Organizations (M861) consists of seventy-four rolls. The carded records were compiled by the War Department Records and Pension Office, beginning in 1903, from original Confederate and Union records in the custody of the War Department. For each unit the cards relate such information as its stations, movements and activities, and sometimes its organization, composition, strength and losses, and disbandment. Geraldine N. Phillips prepared the editorial material.
Papers Pertaining to Vessels of or Involved with the Confederate States of America, “Vessel Papers" (M909) consists of thirty-two rolls reproducing several thousand alphabetically jacketed files. The “Vessel Papers” were artificially assembled by the Archives Office and its successor,
the Confederate Archives Division of the War Department, during the late nineteenth century from Confederate records that had passed into U.S. government custody. Most of the files reproduced herein pertain to privately owned shipping that carried passengers or freight for the Confederacy. Some files, however, pertain to vessels of the Confederate navy or government and to nonConfederate shipping, which became militarily or commercially involved with the Confederacy. The files include such documents as vouchers pertaining to the transportation of passengers and freight, correspondence, receipts, invoices, requisitions, papers pertaining to claims, contracts, bills of lading, passenger and crew lists, shipping articles, muster rolls and payrolls, accounts of proceedings in Confederate prize courts, decrees of condemnation and sale, and lists of foreign vessels entering and leaving Confederate ports. Robert H. Gruber prepared
Two microfilm publications concerning the service of volunteer soldiers who served during the Cherokee Indian difficulties of 1836-39 are available: Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal in Organizations From the State of Georgia (M907), reproduced on one roll, and Indexes to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal in Organizations From the State of Tennessee and the Field and Staff of the Army of the Cherokee Nation (M908), re
the editorial material and arranged the records for filming.
Register of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors and Citizens Who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North, 18611865 (M918) reproduces on a single roll a volume compiled in the Office of the Commissioner for Marking the Graves of the Confederate Dead. The typescript register contains alphabetically arranged burial lists that give the name, rank, company, regiment, date of death, and number and location of grave for each individual interred. Robert H. Gruber prepared the editorial material.
predominantly to the recovery of sums of money due under various forms of obligation or promise, such as nonpayment of promissory notes, personal injury, contested title to real estate, or infringement of patents or copyrights. Most of the equity cases related to alleged infringement of patents. Mary Joe Minor prepared the records for microfilming and wrote the introductory remarks for both publications.
Law Case Files of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York, 1790-1846 (M883) and Equity Case Files of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York, 1791-1846 (M884) are the last of six microfilm publications reproducing most of the pre-1840 records of this court. Together the equity and law cases comprised most of the original jurisdiction civil cases before the court. The law cases, those in which a remedy was provided by common law or statute, related
The Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Iowa, 1862-1866 (M766), Kansas, 18621866 (M767), Maine, 1862-1866 (M770), Maryland, 1862-1866 (M771), South Carolina, 1864-1866 (M789), and Virginia, 18621866 (M793) are now available on microfilm. The assessment lists were created as a result of the Internal Revenue Act of 1862, which imposed periodic taxes on manufactures, income, and personal property. The lists, compiled by district assessors, contain information on trades, occupations, financial institutions, insurance companies, and sales of livestock. They should prove especially useful for biographers, local historians, and researchers interested in public finance, banking, or specific industries.