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.