Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

10/1/2018 - 4/30/2021

Funding Totals

$195,670.00 (approved)
$195,670.00 (awarded)

A Born-Digital Documentary Edition of the Letters of Dolley Payne Todd Madison

FAIN: RQ-260886-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Holly C. Shulman (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Preparation for digital publication of the papers of Dolley Madison (1786-1849), wife of the fourth president, James Madison. (24 months)

The Dolley Madison Digital Edition (DMDE) is a born-digital publication of the complete corpus of Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849). As the wife of America’s fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison was the first and most significant First Lady of the 19th century, carving out a paradigm that resonates even today. This proposal seeks two years of funding to publish Volume XIII (Undated Documents), from July of 2019 through June of 2021. This trove of undated material, some 400 documents, spans Dolley Madison’s lifetime and will fill in myriad cracks in her corpus. The new materials slated for publication in the proposed volume will add depth and perspective for individuals researching gender and women’s studies, society, economics, slavery, and politics in the Early Republic and the Jacksonian Era.

Associated Products

The Dolley Madison Digital Edition (Web Resource)
Title: The Dolley Madison Digital Edition
Author: Holly C. Shulman
Abstract: Dolley Payne Madison was a notable First Lady of the nineteenth century, wife of James Madison. The DMDE is planned to be the first complete edition of all of her known correspondence. As of July 2020 it is completed through 1849, with a total of 3006 documents.
Year: 2004
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: University of Virginia Press's by-subscription electronic publishing imprint Rotunda.


Lyman H. Butterfield Award
Date: 6/25/2020
Organization: The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE)
Abstract: Since 1985, the Lyman H. Butterfield Award has been presented annually to an individual, project, or institution for recent contributions in the areas of documentary publication, teaching, and service. The award is granted in memoriam of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing career included contributions to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the editing of the Adams Family Papers, and publishing The Letters of Benjamin Rush.