2018 Ewart-Daveluy Award: Audrey McClellan

Christine Jacobson presents the 2018 Ewart-Daveluy award to Audrey McClellan
Christine Jacobs presents the award to Audrey McClellan

Audrey McClellan was presented with the Ewart-Daveluy Award for Indexing Excellence at the awards banquet of the Indexing Society of Canada in Winnipeg on June 9, 2018, for her index to Barry Gough’s Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty, published by Seaforth Publishing.

As its title suggests, the book focuses on the relationship between Winston Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, and John Fisher, as First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, but also covers the evolution of the British Navy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the relevant events of the First World War.

The indexing challenge was to compress 585 pages of what often felt like three books in one into a 13-page index accompanied by a short Index of Ships. Audrey rose to this challenge, achieving a thorough and comprehensive coverage of all relevant topics and personal names, along with the interrelationships between and among topics and names within the space constraints.

An excerpt from the index is available here, courtesy of Seaforth Publishing.

2017 Ewart-Daveluy Award Recipient: Judy Dunlop

Congratulations to Judy Dunlop on receiving the 2017 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award!

Judy Dunlop was presented with the Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing at the awards banquet of the Indexing Society of Canada in Montréal on 2 June 2017. The award honours Judy’s indexing of One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography by Margaret Mackey, published by the University of Alberta Press.

One Child Reading is a unique and fascinating examination of reading and literacy development. Author Margaret Mackey revisits the things she read, viewed, listened to and wrote as she grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in Newfoundland. Her reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, games, church bulletins, family magazines and hundreds of books. In One Child Reading, Mackey weaves her growing literacy and social consciousness with the books of her childhood and youth and the history of the time and place.

The indexer’s challenge was to combine in one comprehensive, cohesive index the three aspects of the book: the author’s memories, the theoretical discussion and the analysis of specific texts. In addition to standard terminology to cover off the biographical details, the indexer had to incorporate the sometimes unique terms the author created for the textual criticism and social analysis. As one judge noted, “This is an indexer who’s not afraid to directly express the language of the text … and also to use some ingenuity in handling sections like the distinction between a subject in theory vs. its relation to the author’s life.” Said another, “The index is wonderfully fulsome and narrative, and brief and concise—quite a feat.”  “There are some lovely discoverables in this index,” said the third. The author herself was “awestruck” by the “sensitivity of [the indexer’s] reading.”

An excerpt of the index is available here, with permission courtesy of the University of Alberta Press.

{:en}2016 Ewart-Daveluy Award Recipient: Mary Newberry{:}{:fr}Lauréate du prix en 2016 : Mary Newberry{:}

{:en}Mary Newberry was presented with the Ewart-Daveluy Award for Indexing Excellence at the awards banquet of the joint conference of the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC) and American Society for Indexing (ASI) in Chicago, IL, on 16 June 2016. The award honours Mary’s indexing of The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, volumes 1 and 2, edited by Douglas D.C. Chambers and David Galbraith and published by University of Toronto Press.

The Letterbooks of John Evelyn is a two-volume work with 1,150 pages and almost 900 letters between Evelyn and his 315 correspondents. John Evelyn, FRS, was an English writer, gardener and diarist of the late 1600s. His diaries are the usual source material for scholars, but like his diaries, Evelyn’s letters cast considerable light on the art, culture and politics of the time.

Making this letterbook material accessible to scholars was the job of the indexer, but it was not an easy job. The sheer volume of the material was one issue; another was the archaic diction and writing style of the seventeenth century. A third was the need to serve the scholars who were undoubtedly already familiar with the extensive index created for the 1955 publication of Evelyn’s diaries and would expect some correlation, while also serving modern indexing standards and user expectations. Interestingly, the index is not only printed in the books themselves but is also available online in clickable format. Despite these and other complications, Mary created a comprehensive index that demonstrates outstanding indexing expertise, analytical competence and index design skill. More than that, it exemplifies the index as a work of art.

An excerpt of the index is available here, courtesy of the University of Toronto Press.

Mary Newberry also received the 2016 Tamarack Award, for her services to the Society.{:}{:fr}Le prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy a été remis à Mary Newberry lors du banquet du congrès conjoint de la Société canadienne d’indexation (SCI) et de l’American Society for Indexing (ASI) à Chicago en Illinois le 16 juin 2016. Le prix a été décerné à Mary pour son index de The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, volumes 1 et 2, sous la direction de Douglas D.C. Chambers et David Galbraith, publié chez University of Toronto Press.

The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, un ouvrage en deux volumes de 1150 pages, contient près de 900 lettres entre Evelyn et 315 correspondants. John Evelyn, FRS, était un écrivain britannique, un jardinier et un chroniqueur de la fin du 17e siècle. Ses journaux sont couramment utilisés par les historiens, et ses lettres jettent une lumière sur les arts, la culture et la politique de son temps.

Le travail de l’indexeur est de rendre le contenu accessible aux historiens et spécialistes et dans ce cas ce travail était ardu. L’envergure du contenu ainsi que le langage archaïque du 17e siècle présentaient deux problèmes pour l’indexeure. Un troisième problème était de bien servir les historiens, qui étaient sans doute familiers avec l’index approfondi conçu pour les journaux de Evelyn publié en 1955 et qui s’attendaient à une certaine corrélation, ceci tout en respectant les critères contemporains et en répondant aux attentes des lecteurs. L’index se trouve dans le format imprimé mais aussi sur Internet où il est possible de cliquer sur les numéros de page. Malgré tous ces défis, Mary a créé un index détaillé qui démontre une remarquable expertise, de grand talents d’analyse du texte et de conception d’index. Plus encore, son travail est un example d’index en tant qu’œuvre d’art.

Un extrait de l’index se trouve ici.

Mary Newberry a de plus reçu le prix Tamarack en 2016, pour son travail de bénévole pour la SCI.{:}

{:en}2015 Ewart-Daveluy Award Recipient: François Trahan{:}{:fr}2015: François Trahan{:}

{:en}2015 Ewart-Daveluy Award Recipient: François Trahan

For Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, by Nancy J. Turner, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. This two-volume ethnobotanical work reflects forty years of research into the people-plant interrelationships of the First Nations in British Columbia. The two indexes can be viewed here.{:}{:fr}Pour Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, de Nancy J. Turner (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Cet ouvrage d’ethnobotanique en deux volumes synthétise quarante ans de recherche sur la relation entre les plantes et les Premières Nations de la Colombie-Britannique. Vous pouvez consulter les index ici.{:}