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.