Community Transcription – Fifty-Four Months

November 3rd, 2015

October was the fifty-fourth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and we continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Twenty-three new transcribers signed up last month, and as of October 31, the total number of transcribers was 2,385. These new transcribers included university students, military historians, teachers, independent researchers, preservation society members, and affiliates of universities in Ireland and Australia.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in October mentioned an interest in topics and people such as the fur tradethe Ohio River Valley, Wilderness Trace, the Kentucky militiaGeorge Grant McIntosh, and the Revolutionary War.

Transcribed documents include the status of supplies lost in a sunken boatcompensation for Indiansa request to work as a Navy surgeon, an account of an Indian attack on the Ohio and Wabash Rivers, Indian attacks in the Ohio territory, and a letter of support for the President.

Our community of transcribers have added 314 edits to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 15,893. Overall, we have had 289,487 page views.

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