Community Transcription – Thirty-Eight Months

July 1st, 2014

It has been thirty-eight months since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription., and we are still receiving regular requests for transcription accounts.

Here is a snapshot of transcription activity in the last month:

As of this morning, we have 1,842 users, with approximately 33 new transcribers signed up since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 12,885 saves to War Department documents, which is about 360 additional edits since the last update. We also know that, on average, each document is edited about three times before it is finished. Moreover, we have had 179,488 total page views.

A wide variety of people have volunteer as transcribers, including undergraduate and graduate students, independent scholars, genealogists, filmmakers, and librarians. Transcribers include teachers at every level of education, elementary to university. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned topics such as the Ohio frontier, Revolutionary War debt, the Harmar expedition, and the Whiskey Rebellion. A number of transcribers were interested in specific people, including John Graves Simcoe, Abraham M. Mordecai, Amos Stoddard, and John Watts.

As we continue to move forward with the project, users may still register for a transcription account.