Editorial Services offered

Kelly M. McDonald has more than twenty years’ experience in:

  • transcribing hand-written material; dictation and dictaphone transcriptions as well
  • typing and editing manuscripts
  • conducting research
  • writing

Book projects have included:

  • Werbel, Amy. Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Yale University Press, 2007); my involvement was in securing rights, making payment, and downloading images used as illustrations in this art book.
  • Tortolano, William. A Gregorian Chant Handbook (GIA Publications, 2005); I typed the entire manuscript, and scanned the musical excerpts; prepared the MS as Word files for the publisher.
  • Tortolano, William. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Anglo-Black Composer, 1875-1912, 2nd ed. (Scarecrow Press, 2003); typed the manuscript and also sought permission for the usage of several articles previously published on Coleridge-Taylor for inclusion as appendices.
  • Nicosia, Francis R. and David Niewyk, eds. The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2003); my main task here was to research and compile a listing of Holocaust-related internet sites.
  • Wang, Ke-wen, ed. Modern China: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture and Nationalism (Garland Press, 1998). Prof. Wang had the unenviable task of working solo on a large project which involved scholars from around the world; I was mainly involved in helping him maintain entry uniformity, as well as a list of entries in need of contributors.
  • Dameron, George W. Episcopal Power and Florentine Society, 1000-1320 (Harvard University Press, 1991); reviewing the final draft of the manuscript prior to it being sent to the publisher.
  • Nicosia, Francis R. and Lawrence D. Stokes, eds. Germans Against Nazism: Essays in Honour of Peter Hoffmann (Berg, 1990); this Festschrift involved typing entries from participants, as well as combing the manuscript for consistency of style. The publishers praised the manuscript as being least in the need of further editing among any that they had ever seen.

I also typed a manuscript (from 1940s typescripts) comprised of Nazi-era documents (originals in German). From a 1980s typescript, I computerized the diary of Phebe Orvis Eastman, then used the internet to track down information on the Orvis and Eastman families – and ultimately located a photograph of her brother… dead, but sitting up in a chair!

General typing — Manuscripts prepared for press — Transcriptions
Research assistance — Reader — Proofreading
 Contact me at smithandgosling (at) gmail (dot) com



  1. Jodie Devlin said,

    I’m looking for a copy of Caroline Wiggett Workman’s manuscript, reminiscences of the vyne. Do u know where I could find it?

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      Hi, Jodie — I’ve read what is called a “fair copy” and is at the Hampshire Record Office. I know Caroline Austen’s reminiscences have been published (at least in part), but don’t believe that the case with Caroline Workman’s. You’re in the UK and therefore could access the original, but let me know if I can be of assistance.


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