The Editorial Institute was formed with the conviction that the textually sound, contextually annotated edition is central to the intellectual life of many disciplines. Its primary aims are the promotion of critical awareness of editorial issues and practices, and the provision of training in scholarly editorial methods.
The institute offers advanced degrees (MA and PhD) to students who successfully prepare either editions of important writings, with textual apparatus and annotation, or monographs concerned with editing or textual bibliography. Guidance to students is provided through courses that cover such topics as current technologies for storing, disseminating, or editing information; legal considerations concerning copyright and intellectual property; historical changes in the concept of authorship; the practice of annotation; and recent theorizing about texts. Several courses feature a variety of visiting speakers and field trips. A number of the Editorial Institute’s courses are occasionally open to undergraduate students, who are encouraged to become familiar with the principles and practices of scholarly editing.