The Harriet Jacobs Papers

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Editor and Project Director: Dr. Jean Fagan Yellin is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Pace University, the author of Harriet Jacobs: A Life (Basic, 2004), and the editor of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (Harvard University Press 1987, Enlarged Edition 2000). Dr. Yellin was a fellow at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission's Editing Institute in 2002.

(From left to right): Frances Foster, Joe Thomas, Jean Fagan Yellin, Scott Korb, and Kate Culkin prepare for their panel on the Harriet Jacobs Papers at the 2003 American Literature Association conference.

Associate Editor: Dr. Kate Culkin earned a Certificate in Archival Management and Historical Editing from New York University and was a fellow at the 1998 National Historical Publications and Records Commission's Editing Institute. She wrote her dissertation on the 19th-century sculptor Harriet Hosmer. Dr. Culkin has previously worked at the Margaret Sanger Papers and as the project archivist on the Stuart Culin Papers at the Brooklyn Museum. She can be reached at

Advisory Editor: Dr. Joseph M. Thomas is Associate Dean at Caldwell College, author of articles on the period and on editorial practice, and past consultant to the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editing and The Library of America. He can be reached at

Associate Research Assistant: Scott Korb holds an MA in Theology from Union Theological Seminary and an MA in English from Columbia University. He was recently an intern at the NHPRC-sponsored 32nd Annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. His current focus at the HJ Papers is Jacobs's early life in Edenton, NC, and her relief work in Alexandria, Virginia during the Civil War. E-mail Scott at for information about the American Journal of Print, edited by Scott Korb and M. Ryan Purdy.

Research Assistant: LaShawn Harris is a Ph.D. candidate in American History at Howard University. Her dissertation is entitled "Beyond Respectability: The Remaking of Black Women's Activism, 1900-1950."

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