Calling the University of Virginia Press "a pillar of support for the documentary editing community," the Association for Documentary Editing recognized the press with a special Resolution of Appreciation at the organization's annual meeting.
At the event, held in Charlottesville earlier this month, former U.Va. Press director Penny Kaiserlian, who retired in June, also was honored with a Distinguished Service Award.
"The University of Virginia Press' work over the past four decades has provided immense benefits to the field of documentary editing and enriched generations of scholars, students, researchers and the general public," the resolution says.
The association emphasized the press' decades-long commitments to the papers of George Washington and of James Madison, plus the work of its electronic imprint, Rotunda, whose publications "serve as models for all other digital editions to follow."
During Kaiserlian's 11 years at the helm, the press launched Rotunda to publish online editions of print projects as well as "born-digital" projects, including electronic-only versions of the correspondence of Dolley Madison. An expansion of this work, the Founders Early Access project is under way and provides free online access to the material. It "promises to result in a major addition to the press' long list of accomplishments," the resolution says.