Editorial Process

As the editors at the Andrew Jackson Papers note, “Converting handwriting to print is an inexact process.”[ref]Papers of Andrew Jackson, vol. 9, p. xiii[/ref] To understand our transcription process, please consult this document.

We have also taken the approach used by the editors at the Jane Addams Papers, who ask, “Is it more useful for our readers that we publish a transcription of 99% of a document quickly, or that we wait and wait to get that last 1%?” For the digital edition provided here, we have decided not to wait for perfection. The sample documents available on our site are first-pass transcriptions.

Unless staffing increases, that will be our approach with future documents in order to ensure that as many Van Buren documents as possible are made accessible to researchers and the public.