The University Record
, April 23, 2001
MED's 71 years (1930-2001) by the numbers
5 chief editors
Samuel Moore (193034)
Thomas A. Knott (193545)
Hans Kurath (194661) (AF, 3 volumes, 3,568 pages)
Sherman M. Kuhn (196183) (GP, 4 volumes, 5,052 pages)
Robert E. Lewis (19822001) (QZ, 6 volumes, 6,326 pages)
MEDs 71 years (19302001) by the numbers
96 production staff since 1952
Publication by the U-M Press began in 1952 with the letter E, then went on to F, AD, and G through the end of the alphabet.
Each part, a fascicle, is about 128 pages. The last fascicle (XZ) will go to the printer in May.
15,000 pages in 13 volumes (115 fascicles)
55,000 separate entries
3 million-plus citation slips from all genres
Sthe longest section in both the Middle English and the modern dictionaries
takenthe longest word entry, precursor of the familiar verb to take. Definitions and supporting quotations fill 50 pages.
Cost: approximately $14.4 million, of which more than $6 million is from external sources, primarily the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities