Community Transcription: February 2017

March 1st, 2017

February 2017 marked the seventieth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,850 as of February 28, 2017. These individuals who signed up in February mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Chickasaw nation, Chocktaw nation, Navy uniforms, and George Washington’s funeral.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding Caspar Iserloan’s woes, report on activity at Fort Harmar, and a list of proposed officer appointments. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of borders and boundaries, including making permanent Indian boundary linesinstructions about Cherokee borders, a message to Indiansquestions regarding power to negotiate, instructions to the military commander in Tennessee, forwarding of extract from Jay’s Treaty, and a letter from Governor St. Clair on the county lieutenants.

Our community of transcribers have added 119 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,950. Overall, we have had 681,889 page views.

For the month of March, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to the military. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription:  shipment of paper and military stores, nation’s resistance to a large military, and a plan for providing and issuing military supplies. 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.