Community Transcription – Thirty-Nine Months

July 31st, 2014

It has been thirty-nine months since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. 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 1,863 users, with approximately 21 new transcribers signed up since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 13,125 saves to War Department documents, which is about 240 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 188,031 total page views.

A wide variety of people have volunteer as transcribers, including independent scholars, genealogists, and military veterans. Transcribers include teachers at every level of education, elementary to university. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned the Delaware Indians, veterans from Maine, late eighteenth century syntax, military engineering, and the desire to use primary sources in secondary education, among others. Recently transcribed documents include a brief note from Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry and one from McHenry to Governor Sevier regarding the Cherokee Nation. Not yet complete, but nonetheless impressive, is transcriber Filis’ work on a 131 page document from 1791.

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