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Marshall Papers Project Receives Two Prestigious Awards

The George C. Marshall Foundation project that has produced six volumes of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall has been recognized for editorial excellence by two prestigious organizations.

Volume 6 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall published in early 2013 that highlights engagements, alliances, and the “Marshall Plan” during Marshall’s years as secretary of state received the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing.  It was presented recently in San Francisco at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations luncheon during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.

The Link–Kuehl Prize is awarded for outstanding collections of primary source materials in the fields of international or diplomatic history, especially those distinguished by the inclusion of commentary designed to interpret the documents and set them within their historical context.

The Association for Documentary Editing presented the 2013 Lyman H. Butterfield Award for significant contributions in documentary editing, teaching, and service to the Marshall Papers Project.  The Papers Project represents not only high editorial standards, but volumes that, in the words of a reviewer in the Journal of American History, “read virtually as a narrative.”

The Butterfield Award recognizes the work of the late Larry Bland, who served as editor of the first five volumes of the series until his unexpected death in 2007 as well as the work of former associate editor Sharon Ritenour Stevens who died in August 2013.

The new project team, led by Mark Stoler and Dan Holt that completed volume 6, has maintained the high standards of Bland and Stevens. They will bring the project to completion with publication of the final volume in 2015.

The current editor, Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., is a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who wrote the acclaimed biography of Marshall, George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century.  Managing editor Daniel D. Holt, who recently retired as director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, is an expert in the era to be covered in the remaining volume.  Mame Warren, previously director for Hopkins History Enterprises at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, is senior assistant editor along with Anne Wells who continues her work on the project. Greg Franke and Joanne Hartog round out the staff, serving as assistant editors.

When completed, the Marshall Papers project will result in a seven-volume set of the edited papers of George C. Marshall.  Volumes 1 through 6 have been published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.  Copies are available at the Marshall Museum Shop and at major libraries. The online digital formats of volumes 1 through 5 are posted on our web site.  Volume 6 will be posted online within the next year.