Community Transcription – Thirty-Nine Months

July 31st, 2014

It has been thirty-nine months since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We are still receiving regular requests for transcription accounts

Here is a snapshot of transcription activity in the last month:
As of this morning, we have 1,863 users, with approximately 21 new transcribers signed up since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 13,125 saves to War Department documents, which is about 240 additional edits since the last update. We also know that, on average, each document is edited about three times before it is finished. Moreover, we have had 188,031 total page views.

A wide variety of people have volunteer as transcribers, including independent scholars, genealogists, and military veterans. Transcribers include teachers at every level of education, elementary to university. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned the Delaware Indians, veterans from Maine, late eighteenth century syntax, military engineering, and the desire to use primary sources in secondary education, among others. Recently transcribed documents include a brief note from Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry and one from McHenry to Governor Sevier regarding the Cherokee Nation. Not yet complete, but nonetheless impressive, is transcriber Filis’ work on a 131 page document from 1791.

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

Help Complete a Transcription: Letters from Judith Sargent Murray

July 7th, 2014

Judith Sargent Murray (May 1, 1751 – June 9, 1820) was an early American proponent of women’s rights and equality of the sexes. An essayist, playwright, poet, and letter writer, her belief that women were just as smart and capable as men was considered pretty radical stuff in the 1790s .

We have some of her letters because her brother Winthrop was a soldier (he fought under Arthur St. Clair in the disastrous Battle of the Wabash) and later a territorial governor.

Box of Books and Loss of Garden Seed

Safe Conveyance of Box

Forward the Enclosed Speedily

Conducting Myself Through the Vexatious Labyrinth

Location of My Brother’s Books

I Cannot Apologize for these Extra Commissions

Community Transcription – Thirty-Eight Months

July 1st, 2014

It has been thirty-eight months since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription., and we are still receiving regular requests for transcription accounts.

Here is a snapshot of transcription activity in the last month:

As of this morning, we have 1,842 users, with approximately 33 new transcribers signed up since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 12,885 saves to War Department documents, which is about 360 additional edits since the last update. We also know that, on average, each document is edited about three times before it is finished. Moreover, we have had 179,488 total page views.

A wide variety of people have volunteer as transcribers, including undergraduate and graduate students, independent scholars, genealogists, filmmakers, and librarians. Transcribers include teachers at every level of education, elementary to university. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned topics such as the Ohio frontier, Revolutionary War debt, the Harmar expedition, and the Whiskey Rebellion. A number of transcribers were interested in specific people, including John Graves Simcoe, Abraham M. Mordecai, Amos Stoddard, and John Watts.

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