Julian Parks Boyd was born at Converse Mill Village, Spartanburg County, South Carolina in 1903. He edited The Papers of Thomas Jefferson from 1944 until his death. His approach has been influential:
Modern historical editing dates from the publication of Julian Boyd's first volume of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson in 1950. Although there had been earlier compilations of the papers of famous Americans, his carefully prepared texts of Jefferson's letters and other writings, "warts and all," set a new standard for accuracy and reliability.