Livingstone archive receives third MLA Approved Edition designation

Photo Credit: Adrian Wisnicki
Wed, 10/23/2019 - 09:47

Livingstone's Final Manuscripts (1865-1873), part of the Livingstone Online digital archive, has been designated an Approved Edition by the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions. This document is the third since January to receive the designation.

The seal honors excellence in editing, recognizing the archive as a reliable text based on accuracy, adequacy, appropriateness, consistency, and explicitness.

Adrian Wisnicki, associate professor in the Department of English, is the director of the Livingstone Online project that uses spectral imaging to recover Livingstone's lost writings. The Victorian explorer wrote diary entries, including cultural observations and geographical information, on newsprint with homemade ink, but the writing has faded over time.

The research is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which named the project an "esssential"—one of 50 projects that represent "the best of the work the NEH has funded over the last 50 years."

Wisnicki is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences.