Community Transcription: May 2017

June 5th, 2017

May 2017 marked the seventy-third 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-one new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,917 as of May 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in May mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Edward Boylston, Moses Hazen, Alien and Sedition Acts, and treaties with the Seneca Nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding explanation of departure from Washington as mourning for son’s death, death is still making havoc, two-thirds required to inflict the death penalty, circular letter requiring payment of balances, secretary of the state’s opinion regarding presidential power over officers’ commissions, supply of 24-pounder cannons, fortification expenditures for 1801, contract for iron ball and kentledge, claims of certain Canadian refugees, proclamation forbidding sale of lands west of Ohio River, and discussion of belligerent and neutral ships.

Our community of transcribers have added 158 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,517. Overall, we have had 704,415 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.