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07 March 2019
The Papers of Martin Van Buren seeks three undergraduate interns for this presidential papers project, which will produce a digital edition that makes available transcriptions of approximately 13,000 known Van Buren documents. Duties: Digitize, folder, catalog, transcribe, annotate, and/or proofread documents, as well as other project-related duties as assigned by the editorial staff. Length of internship: Three-month appointment between May 15... Continue Reading
George H.W. Bush
04 December 2018
December 5, 2018, will be a national day of mourning for George Herbert Walker Bush. It is fitting that the 41st U.S. president will be remembered on the anniversary of the birth of the eighth president, Martin Van Buren, because the two men shared a number of parallels noted over the years. These include: Both served in Congress. Van Buren was a U.S. senator from 1821-1828; Bush was a U.S. representative from 1967-1971. Both possessed foreign... Continue Reading
13 July 2018
Between 1825 and 1829, Martin Van Buren enjoyed a rapid growth in his political career. Although he had chosen to back the wrong man in the 1824 election, he quickly recovered and formed a remarkable alliance with Andrew Jackson. As Van Buren wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the government, the majority of his correspondence centered on the political chatter buzzing around Washington, but what is surprising is that Van Buren also made an... Continue Reading
John Van Buren (Library of Congress)
12 July 2018
John Van Buren, the second of Martin Van Buren’s four children, was quite the headache. Financial issues plagued the father-son relationship during John’s years at Yale College, when he spent much of his time, at least in his father’s eyes, squandering money. For example, in 1826, John reported, “I have just received your letter containing the checks. My expenses last term were considerable. I had to get a great many things new.” When Martin... Continue Reading
02 July 2018
Note: In Jan. 2019, the editors reorganized the documents, which resulted in the reclassifying of the documents noted below into Series 5. URLs were updated to reflect this change. The Papers of Martin Van Buren project at Cumberland University recently published its first series of 634 documents. These documents, which encompass the period of 1 January 1825–3 March 1829, witnessed the conclusion of Van Buren's career in the U.S. Senate, his... Continue Reading
19 June 2018
Cumberland University received a grant for $143,657 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) project. The funds will support the creation of the digital version of the Van Buren papers, which will make accessible approximately 13,000 documents belonging to the eighth president. Cumberland University is one of the smallest universities to receive the NHPRC grant in the... Continue Reading
08 June 2018
Thanks to a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation, several students are undertaking paid summer internships at the Papers of Martin Van Buren project at Cumberland University. The nine students (three graduate, six undergraduate) represent three universities in the Middle Tennessee area. The interns are working on a variety of tasks, including a social media campaign to publicize the first series of documents to be published later this month;... Continue Reading
01 April 2018
Associate editor Andrew Wiley joined the Papers of Martin Van Buren in January 2018. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary whose research focuses on political conservatism in the antebellum and Civil War periods. He previously worked as a researcher and editorial assistant at the Frederick Douglass Papers. Wiley also currently serves as the website manager and editorial assistant for Civil War History. Mark Cheathem (MC): How did... Continue Reading
22 March 2018
Associate editor Andrew Wiley and graduate assistant David Gregory have been chosen as participants for the 47th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents (IEHD). Known affectionately as "Camp Edit" by IEHD graduates, the Institute provides intensive training for documentary editors in all facets of the field. This year's Institute will be held in Olympia, Washington. Consult the ADE's website for the official press release. 
20 March 2018
The Papers of Martin Van Buren seeks five undergraduate interns for this presidential papers project, which will produce a digital edition that makes available first-pass transcriptions of approximately 13,000 known Van Buren documents. Duties: Digitize, folder, catalog, transcribe, annotate, and/or proofread documents, as well as other project-related duties as assigned by the editorial staff. Length of internship: Three-month appointment... Continue Reading

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