The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

After the Prize: Indexing at the Einstein Papers Project

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2011), 29, (3), 98–109.

Abstract

The Einstein Papers Project (EPP) was honored to receive the British Society of Indexers’ Wheatley Medal in 2009 for its cumulative index to the first ten volumes of The collected papers of Albert Einstein (CPAE). The experience introduced us to SI and its standards of excellence in the field. This, in turn, encouraged us to reflect on our methods of indexing and to consider ways of improving them.

This article provides a measure of thanks for the recognition awarded by SI and for the lessons learned in the craft of indexing. We do this in the form of a brief narrative about the origins and aims of the EPP, vignettes from two CPAE volumes of events surrounding Einstein’s breakthrough to celebrity, details of our working methods in preparing the volumes and indexes, and a discussion of improvements we are considering for the indexes of future volumes.

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Hirschmann, Rudy