Community Transcription: April 2017

May 1st, 2017

April 2017 marked the seventy-second 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-two new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,896 as of April 30, 2017. These individuals who signed up in April mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the history of the Cherokee Nation, John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi, Christopher Miller, the Whiskey Rebellion, Arthur St. Clair, and the Oneida nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding results from the negotiations with hostile Indians, companies ordered to join Virginia militia on the Ohio, information on Lieutenant Armstrong, no expeditions to Indian towns, Indian engagement and training, and comparing calvary systems. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of the international affairs including: concerning the protection of Lafayette’s son and diplomatic relations with France, clothing and foreign relations, diplomatic relations with France, recommendations for informal war with France, speculation regarding the policies of the French directory, and rules of neutrality.

Our community of transcribers have added 147 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,359. Overall, we have had 700,076 page views.

Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting 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.