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, including, most recently, History/Spanish major Carol Hemmingway, in the spring of 2020.
The collaboration between Hemmingway and Dr. McCarl determined in many ways the direction of the next iteration of the course. In Summer 2020, DIG3152 is being offered with a group of 18 students, who will be editing documents from various repositories, all related to the history of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and the surrounding areas. The Northeast Florida Editorial Workshop has been established as the entity that will gather their work, and, going forward, future iterations of the course. 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.