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Journal of the Early Republic 25.3 (2005) 475-478

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Editor's Page

Review Editor Anya Jabour Surrenders Blue Pencil

Once again it is time to bid farewell and extend our deepest gratitude to a friend and fellow volunteer in the vineyard of JER scholarship. For the past five years Anya Jabour has managed our book review operation from beautiful Missoula, Montana. Known to most readers of the JER as the author of a wonderful study of marriage in the early republic, she has done a splendid job of recruiting reviewers and assigning reviews and generally staying on top of the literature in our field, even while the main editorial offices at Purdue collapsed and new ones were constructed in Philadelphia. An award-winning teacher besides (this has been a JER requirement that only Larson managed to ignore all these years), Anya returns her undivided attention to teaching and writing at the University of Montana. Thank you, Anya, and best wishes from the guys who got you into this (while getting out themselves, the rats).—JLL & MAM

Assumption of the Blue Pencil: White Smoke above the JER Office

Habamus Editorii! Rob Cox and Rachel Onuf are the JER's new review editors. Rob and Rachel are SHEARites of long standing and impeccable lineage, and if you do not know them through the society you may well have come across them during your research forays into the history of the early republic. Rob recently became Head of Special Collections at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, after being Keeper of the Manuscripts at the American Philosophical Society, while Rachel was Director of Archives at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania before she and Rob relocated to Massachusetts. And if you have not met our new review editors in your journeys through the archives, you may well be familiar with Rob's new book, Body and Soul: A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism (2003), which Brett Mizelle reviewed most favorably in our Spring 2005 issue (well before Rob and Rachel became involved with the journal, I hasten to add!). I invite you [End Page 475] to join me in welcoming Rob and Rachel to the editorial team. They will be delighted to hear from you about any issues dealing with reviews and would appreciate any assistance you can give them—we are always on the lookout for reviewers as well as suggestions for how and what we should be reviewing (see our masthead for contact information).

Call for Papers: SHEAR Conference, 2006

The 28th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) will take place in Montreal, July 20–23, 2006. The Program Committee encourages members of SHEAR and other scholars to propose sessions and papers in all areas of research on the history and culture of the early American republic, ca. 1776–1861. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students as well as established scholars. Proposals for entire sessions are encouraged and email submission is preferred. For sessions, include a one-page rationale for the session, a one-page abstract for each paper, and brief curricula vitae for all participants including the chair and commentators. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief curriculum vitae. Any special requirements, such as audio-visual equipment, outlets, or accommodations for disability, should be included in the proposals. Scholars wanting to volunteer to chair or comment on sessions should contact the chair of the Program Committee and send a short curriculum vitae. Please note that all program participants must be members of SHEAR. All participants must register for the conference. December 5, 2005, is the deadline for proposals: the call for papers can be found in the back matter of this issue of the journal.

SHEAR Fellowships, 2005–2006

The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society announce the 2005–2006 recipients of their SHEAR fellowships.

LCP/HSP Fellows

Dr. Kirsten Wood, Department of History, Florida International University. Topic: "At the Crossroads: Taverns and the Making of America, 1765–1865...


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