Community Transcription – Forty-Two Months

November 4th, 2014

October marked the forty-second month 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 for the month:

As of this morning, we have 1,986 users, with approximately 33 new transcribers registered since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 13,687 saves to War Department documents, which is about 355 additional edits since the last update. The average number of edits before a document is saved continues to be three. We have had 209,975 total page views.

Among those who signed up to transcribe in the last month were independent researchers, students at the graduate and undergraduate level, museum curators, and members of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Transcribers include teachers at every level of education, elementary to university. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned Fells Point, Baltimore, gifts to the Indians, and conducting research for model scale building.

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