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The American Council of Learned Societies is planning 10 release a “catch up” volume or the Dictionary of American Biography to in­clude sketches of persons from all periods or American history who were omitted from the original volumes. All scholars knowing of his­torical figures who should be included in this volume should send sug­gestions to John A. Garraty, Editor, Dictionary of American Biog­raphy, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 597 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017. The proposal should include some explanation of the person’s role in American history and available bibliographical references.


Although the Fellowship Program of the National Historical Pub­lications and Records Commission has not been funded beyond 1982, the Commission is actively seeking funds to continue the program. Therefore, the NHPRC is tentatively offering up to three fellowships in historical editing for 1983-84 and will begin accepting applications immediately. If the necessary funds become available, successful can­didates will receive a stipend (tentatively set at $16,000) and spend twelve months in training at a documentary editing project. Appli­cants should hold a Ph.D. or have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. For further information and ap­plication forms, write to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives, Washington, D.C. 20408.


The Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies will offer, for the next several years, post-doctoral fellowships to scholars with spe­cial interests and talents relevant to its project, “The Transformation of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, 1750-1850.” The Center will make at least two awards for 1983-84, in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $14,000, to individuals with interests and expertise relating to the demographic, commercial and industrial development of the Philadelphia region. Further details about the project and other fel­lowships and travel grants offered through the Center are available from Ms. Marjorie George, Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Box E, College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Phila­delphia 19104.


The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring the publication of The Historical Atlas of Political Party Representation in the U.S.: 1789-1983. Designed to illustrate the geographical distri­bution or political parties in the U.S. Congress for each or the ninety­-seven congresses, it will require the first systematic effort to accurately evaluate each congressman’s party affiliation. For information on how to contribute as a participating editor by helping to identify political party affiliations, write to Kenneth C. Martes, Associate Professor of Geography, Dept. of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506.


The Organization of American Historians operates a placement service for women historians, maintaining a computerized file up­dated each September to include only those currently seeking informa­tion on job opportunities. Women historians in American and other fields of history who are interested in the service should send their names, addresses and three academic fields of specialization to Judith F. Gentry, Director, OAH Placement Service for Women Historians, Department of History. University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 70504. Correspondents should also indicate whether they are interested in academic administration or employment outside academia.


Erratum: In the winter 1983 issue of PH, the article “Okie Speaks for Pennsbury,” by William W. Weaver and Nancy D. Kolb, stated that portions of R. Brognard Okie’s report, “The Recreation of Penn’s Manor,” were appearing in prim for the first time. It has been brought to our attention, however, that the eighteen-page report was in fact printed in full in the April and July 1941 issues of the Tredyf­frin Easttown History Club Quarterly, copies of which are on file for reference in several places. Our apologies for the oversight.