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.