Dolley Madison PBS Documentary Taps U.Va. Scholars

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010 — A historical documentary on Dolley Madison will air Monday on public television stations and include expert commentary from two University of Virginia faculty members, John C.A. Stagg and Holly Shulman.

The program will air at 9 p.m. on local PBS affiliates WHTJ-41 and WVPT-51.

Stagg, a professor in the history department, is editor-in-chief of the Papers of James Madison, and Shulman, a research professor in the history department, founded and directs Documents Compass, an online editor of Web-based digital documentary editions of historical papers affiliated with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

The film on Dolley Madison is part of the PBS "American Experience" series.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, PBS and "American Experience," the 90-minute film, produced by tpt National Productions in association with Middlemarch Films, examines the life of the woman who defined the role of the president's wife and became known as America's first "first lady."

Stagg's most recent book, "Borderlines in Borderlands," from Yale University Press, is about James Madison and the Spanish-American Frontier, 1776-1821, comprising Texas and the Floridas. 

Shulman edited the Dolley Madison digital edition, which contains more than 900 letters, with nearly 2,000 additional letters to follow in periodic updates.

— By Anne Bromley