Community Transcription: February 2017

March 1st, 2017

February 2017 marked the seventieth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,850 as of February 28, 2017. These individuals who signed up in February mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Chickasaw nation, Chocktaw nation, Navy uniforms, and George Washington’s funeral.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding Caspar Iserloan’s woes, report on activity at Fort Harmar, and a list of proposed officer appointments. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of borders and boundaries, including making permanent Indian boundary linesinstructions about Cherokee borders, a message to Indiansquestions regarding power to negotiate, instructions to the military commander in Tennessee, forwarding of extract from Jay’s Treaty, and a letter from Governor St. Clair on the county lieutenants.

Our community of transcribers have added 119 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,950. Overall, we have had 681,889 page views.

For the month of March, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to the military. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription:  shipment of paper and military stores, nation’s resistance to a large military, and a plan for providing and issuing military supplies. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription: January 2017

February 1st, 2017

January 2017 marked the sixty-ninth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,830 as of January 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in January mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Fort Rensselaer, Fort Plain, Marinus Willett, Mohawk Indians, French Broad Rivers, and pilot boat schooners.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding discussion of the removal of the War Office, Israel Chapin’s speech to the Six Nations, transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, Knox invited to a ceremony for the president, relief for veterans, transportation of ammunition, and requesting a travel journal of western lands. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of illness including illness update, delay for Captain Simkins, leave of absence due to illness, silence on sending accounts due to illness, personal letter on illness, illness of General Wayne, and caring for sick at Fort McHenry.

Our community of transcribers have added 157 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,831. Overall, we have had 672,379 page views.

For the month of February, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to borders and boundaries. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: the Florida boundary mission of Isaac Guion, appointment of commissioners to survey US boundaries with Creeks, Chickasaws, and Cherokees, and enforcement of the Treaty of Madrid. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Seven Months

December 5th, 2016

November marked the sixty-seventh month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Thirty-five new transcriber signed up last month, and as of November 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,790. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include researchers, genealogists, historians, university students, and librarians.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in November mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Cherokee nation; the northwest territory; Buffalo, New York; and the military presence in Tennessee.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding a profound secretabstract of supplies to the Choctaw Indians, muster master for the Washington District, rules regarding payment of women, annuities and presents for Indians, report on a memorial to Congress, treaty between Spanish and Indians, and the election of Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson.

Our community of transcribers have added 177 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,621. Overall, we have had 664,280 page views.

For the month of December, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to travel in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians travel to Philadelphia, ice making travel by river difficult, McHenry’s request for a travel journal, and information regarding the transportation of ammunition. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Six Months

November 1st, 2016

October marked the sixty-sixth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Twenty-five new transcriber signed up last month, and as of October 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,755. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include researchers, writers, university students, and genealogists.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in October mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Navy, St. Clair’s Defeat, the Quasi-War, and George Washington.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding William Knox conveying Congressional resolutions, provisions for the Senecas, information on US-British relations from John Jay, high demand for kentledge, prohibition on the exportation of arms and ammunition, blankets for the Marine Corps, politics and Indian relations, and Maryland’s ratification of the Constitution.

Our community of transcribers have added 158 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,444. Overall, we have had 597,479 page views.

For the month of November, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to veterans and veteran affairs in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: request for money from a veteran of St. Clair expedition, preference towards veteran officers in selections for military appointment, military service of Sergeant Pollard, and the petition of a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month of November that discuss this theme.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Five Months

October 4th, 2016

September marked the sixty-fifth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Forty-six new transcribers signed up last month, and as of September 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,730. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and include university students, genealogists, archivists, historians, and writers.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in September mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Wyandot people, military chaplains, Fallen Timbers, Henry Knox, and the Simcoe family.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding the account of requisitions made for Lincoln’s Mill; request for pay despite records lost during St. Clair defeat; clothing, muskets, and powder; training, supplies, and pay; British military activity; paperwork arriving with next post; agreement to repair arms; and updates on troop movement. Special thanks to students of Dr. George Oberle’s History 300 class for transcribing a large number of documents this month.

Our community of transcribers have added 358 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,286. Overall, we have had 557,516 page views.

For the month of October, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to politics in Early America. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: ‘artful Democrats’ and federal reactions, details of the post-presidential journey home, Hamilton’s plan for military supply, and disputes over the importance of the Army and Navy. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month of October that discuss this theme.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Four Months

September 6th, 2016

August marked the sixty-fourth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Nineteen new transcribers signed up last month, and as of August 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,684. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, retired librarians, and university students and professors.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in August mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Richard Howell, George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, William Campbell, and Shays’ Rebellion.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding provisions and supplies; discussion of condition of military stores in Rhode Island; coffee, sugar, and planting a garden; and Knox soliciting Lincoln’s opinion regarding his militia plan.

Our community of transcribers have added 189 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,928. Overall, we have had 530,501 page views.

For the month of September, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to autumn and the change of weather more generally. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: clothing contracts in preparation for autumn, Indian attacks and expressions of support for Hodgdon, Captain Calendar Irvine’s request for vests for troops, weather conditions and river transportation, and the favorability of cool weather for escaping fever.

Interested in contributing to the project? Individuals can register for a transcription account and become a transcription associate.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Three Months

August 1st, 2016

July marked the sixty-third month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Nineteen new transcribers signed up last month, and as of July 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,665. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, university students, members of Native American tribes, researchers, and a paleography enthusiast.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in July mentioned an interest in people, places, and topics such as Nathanael Greene; South West Point; the Kentucky militia; Mason County, KentuckyTreaty of Fort Harmar; Indians in Ohio; Amasa DavisChief Alexander McGillivray of the Creek Nation; and General Alexander Macomb.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding preparations for movement of the legion beyond Fort Jefferson, measures to deal with Creeks, delivery of powder and paper, delivery of cannon powder for fourth of July celebrations, General Knox’s account for wine, clothing needs, the removal of offices from Philadelphia for the summer, renting of houses for public officials, and the necessity of tents in Portland.

Our community of transcribers have added 161 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,739. Overall, we have had 515,373 page views.

We interviewed transcriber Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration of community transcription. Check out her interview to get an idea of the kinds of documents transcribers come across while volunteering for the PWD.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.

Community Transcription – Sixty-Two Months

July 5th, 2016

June marked the sixty-second month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Twenty-six new transcribers signed up last month, and as of June 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,646. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included university students, genealogists, independent researchers, and public historians.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in June mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Indian wars, Kentucky, slavery in Virginia, Jonathan Grant, Henry Foxall, Mohawk Valley, and Joseph Brant and Molly Brant.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding Anthony Wayne’s campaign strategy, the termination of scouts for protection, financial matters, the settlement of army officers’ accounts, troops ready to march, a request for authorization to dispatch militia and spies, Indian relations and troop status, and deserters, training troops, and supplies.

Our community of transcribers have added 458 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,578. Overall, we have had 502,115 page views.

We interviewed transcriber Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration of community transcription. Check out her interview to get an idea of the kinds of documents transcribers come across while volunteering for the PWD.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.

Community Transcription – Sixty-One Months

June 1st, 2016

May marked the sixty-first month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Seventeen new transcribers signed up last month, and as of May 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,620. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included genealogists, independent scholars, and museum professionals.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in May mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Whiskey Rebellion, frontier communities, Samuel Jackson, Lt. John Campbell, the Greenville Treaty Council, and the Northwest Territory.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding indebtedness to the United States, anchors for the frigate Constitution, furnishment of military stores, the incompleteness of the muster of spies, counterfeited certificates, the placement of spies, and Washington’s support of Mr. Ames’s good character.

Our community of transcribers have added 489 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 18,120. Overall, we have had 465,665 page views.

We interviewed transcriber Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration of community transcription. Check out her interview to get an idea of the kinds of documents transcribers come across while volunteering for the PWD.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.

Community Transcription – Sixty Months

May 9th, 2016

April marked the sixtieth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Thirty-nine new transcribers signed up last month, and as of April 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,603. These new transcribers come from a variety of backgrounds and included students, genealogists, retired members of the military, and historians.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in April mentioned an interest in people and topics such as James Wilkinson, Alexander Hamilton, Nickajack, Running Water, the Nonintercourse Act, and uniform regulations.

Transcribed documents include documents regarding the intrigues of William Augustus Bowles, fear of Indian attacks, a request for sheat lead to protect the War Department from fire, a letter of recommendation from John Jay, delivery of dragoon suits, and John Rivardi’s response to the charges brought against him by Captain Bruff.

Our community of transcribers have added 124 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 17,631. Overall, we have had 442,334 page views.

We interviewed transcriber Scribe of Poland as part of our fifth anniversary celebration of community transcription. Check out her interview to get an idea of the kinds of documents transcribers come across while volunteering for the PWD.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.