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October 17, 2010

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actually, the FFAC, on which I (will) sit, has a broader purpose than guiding the web site project. That is only a small part of our responsibilities. The FFAC was authorized by Congress and its aim (as the initial press release states) is to oversee the publication projects of the FF papers generally. Congress and federal (and other) funders in general have long been concerned about the slow pace of the publication of these projects. The web site will only deal with the papers already published--or at least already edited. The FFAC is to advise the Archivist of the US on the projects as a whole and to see what can be done to speed their completion. (The only one done is Hamilton, and that's because he was killed at a youngish age!)

Mary Beth Norton

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