Graduate student’s research recognized at national meeting

Louie Gallo

YSU graduate student Louie Gallo

Research conducted by Louis Gallo, a graduate student studying American Studies at Youngstown State University, received special recognition at the Association for Documentary Editing 2013 Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gallo, a resident of Hubbard, Ohio, who earned a bachelor’s degree in History from West Liberty University, was the only graduate student to present in the poster session of ADE, a national organization for those editing scholarly editions of papers of famous Americans. His poster will be featured on the organization’s website ( and newsletter.

The poster focuses on the papers of the Sutliff family of Warren, Ohio. Gallo began his work on the research in spring 2012 as part of a graduate course in Historical Editing taught by L. Diane Barnes, YSU professor of History. Barnes has partnered with the Sutliff Museum in Warren to edit a collection of 19th century documents belonging to the museum. The documents are largely correspondence between several members of the Sutliff family and other prominent figures who were involved in politics and  the abolitionist movement. The goal is to transcribe, annotate and prepare the documents for use by scholars, publishing them either in print or on the Internet. “The collection is an unbelievable treasure trove of important material that has barely been used by scholars,” Barnes said.

After the completion of the class, Gallo has worked as Barnes’ graduate assistant on-site at the Sutliff Museum to digitize and transcribe the documents. In the process, he became interested in a series of correspondence between the abolitionist congressman from Jefferson County, Joshua Giddings, and Flavel Sutliff, who was Giddings’ law partner. Gallo’s masters project focuses on Giddings’ first months in Congress in 1837.