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Emeriti News: Professor Emeritus Mark Stoler to Edit the
Marshall Papers Project

The George C. Marshall Foundation has named two noted historians to the positions of editor and project director of the Marshall Papers Project. Mark Stoler (pictured), a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who has written an acclaimed biography of Marshall, will serve as editor. Dan Holt, the recently retired director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, KS, who is an expert on the era to be covered in the remaining papers, will serve as project director.

Stoler and Holt replace Larry I. Bland, the original editor of the Papers who published the first five volumes. Bland died unexpectedly last November.

"After a nationwide search for a successor for Larry Bland it was determined that no one person could replace Bland's expertise in documentary editing and world-recognized knowledge of the life and career of George C. Marshall," said Brian Shaw, president of the Marshall Foundation. "The ideal solution was to engage a strong and dynamic team to complete volume 6 and edit the seventh and final volume. We have that team with Dr. Stoler and Mr. Holt."

Stoler and Holt will join associate editor Sharon R. Stevens and assistant editor Anne Wells to form the editorial team. The goal is to complete the project within five years.

While writing the Marshall biography, Stoler spent time at the Marshall Library conducting research in the collections and working with Dr. Bland. "I can in no way replace Larry; however, I will dedicate myself to completing his life's work while meeting his high editorial standards," offered Stoler.

A professor emeritus of the University of Vermont, Stoler's publications include: George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century; The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943; Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II; Allies in War: Britain and America Against the Axis, 1940-1945; Major Problems in the History of World War II, with Melanie Gustafson; Explorations in American History: A Skills Approach, with Marshall True; Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policies, 1933-1945, with Justus Doenecke; and The Origins of the Cold War. Stoler was a visiting professor at Williams College in 2007-8 and will be again in 2009. He serves on the boards of the Society for Military History and the National World War II Museum. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Recently retired as director of the Eisenhower Library and Museum, Holt brings extensive experience as a museum, library, and archive administrator ranging from curating the General Mark Clark Collection at The Citadel, directing field services and acquisitions for the Illinois State Historical Library and Society, and directing the Liberty Memorial, now the National World War I Museum, in Kansas City. He has many publications related to the time period, is the author of three books, and editor of the documentary publication Eisenhower: The Prewar Diaries and Selected Papers, 1915-1941, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1998. In addition to consulting with museums, archives, and historical societies, Holt has taught university courses on his specialties. Currently, Holt is associated with the Eisenhower Institute in Gettysburg, PA, and Washington, DC.

Launched in 1978, the Papers of George Catlett Marshall provides a scholarly resource for historians, students, and others who study the life and career of Marshall and/or the first half of the twentieth century.

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