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Dr. Aaron Crawford, Associate Editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, will be one of the first Visiting Fellows at Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History in 2013-2014.

Crawford has been an editor with The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library in the Mitchell Memorial Library since 2010. He and project director John F. Marszalek completed the final two volumes of the 32-volume The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant and are currently editing the first scholarly edition of The Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

While at The Center for Presidential History, Crawford will continue editing Grant's memoirs and continue conducting his research on the history of Presidential memoirs and autobiographies. In addition, he will be working on the Center for Presidential History's Collective Memory Project.

Dr. Aaron Crawford
(L-R) US Grant Association's Aaron Crawford, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Alan Lowe, and George W. Bush Presidential Library Archivist Bobby Holt pose for a photograph at the 2011 Collins Speaker Series reception. Photo by Jim Tomlinson.

Southern Methodist University is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the George W. Bush Foundation. SMU established The Center for Presidential History to research and advance understanding of all American presidential history. The center's Collective Memory project is dedicated to enhancing the historical and archival record of various presidential administrations. The oral history of the George W. Bush presidency is the first collective memory project. The Center for Presidential History also sponsors conferences, lectures, and events dedicated to broadening understanding of the American presidency.

Replacing Crawford during his fellowship is Robert Karachuk, a long-time editor with the Adams Papers project at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and the Documentary History of the Supreme Court at the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C. Karachuk will also be organizing the 2014 Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, the annual weeklong training program for scholars new to historical editing sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and the Association for Documentary Editing.

"We are proud that Dr. Crawford has gained this prestigious fellowship," MSU Libraries Dean Frances Coleman said. "We will miss his leadership but we know that he will do Mississippi State University proud in Texas. We are also fortunate that an editor of Robert Karachuk's talent and reputation will be joining us during Dr. Crawford's absence."

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