The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 18, 2002
February 18, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 22


21-volume salute: Editors of Ike's papers to discuss monumental project

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Thirty-two years after the publication of the first book of papers of the nation’s 33rd president, the final four have been added to an opus that is now 21 volumes strong.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the editors of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, will discuss the monumental project beginning at noon in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

Commemorating Presidents Day, this event will provide an opportunity to engage the editors and moderator Robert Brugger in a question-and-answer exchange concerning the effort that began in 1970 with the publication of The War Years and was capped off in 2002 with the completion of the four volumes documenting President Eisenhower’s dealing with the complex problems faced by modern political leaders. Eisenhower served as president from 1953 to 1961.

Seated: The books' executive editor Elizabeth Hughes and editor Louis Galambos. Standing: Jim Jordan, director of JHU Press, and Robert Brugger, history and regional books editor.

The set and individual volumes of The Papers can be ordered at the event.

Joining Brugger on stage will be editors Jill Friedman, associate research scholar in the Institute for Applied Economics and the Study of Business Enterprise, who joined the project in 1993 and specialized in the administration’s domestic policy; Louis Galambos, professor of history at Hopkins who taught previously at Yale, Rice and Rutgers, editor; Daun Van Ee, a historical specialist in the Library of Congress’ Manuscript Division, who has served since 1974 in various capacities including editor (with Galambos) from 1995 to 2001; Elizabeth S. Hughes, executive editor and a member of the project for 28 years; and Robin Coblentz, copy editor of The Maryland Historical Magazine, who joined the project in 1989 and specialized in Eisenhower’s first administration and in annotating papers related to foreign policy. Brugger was associate editor of the project before becoming history and regional books editor for the Press in 1989; previously he was the Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard.

This discussion is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university’s Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored with the Johns Hopkins University Press. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Special Events at 410-516-7157.