January 2017 marked the sixty-ninth 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 new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,830 as of January 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in January mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Fort Rensselaer, Fort Plain, Marinus Willett, Mohawk Indians, French Broad Rivers, and pilot boat schooners.
Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding discussion of the removal of the War Office, Israel Chapin’s speech to the Six Nations, transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, Knox invited to a ceremony for the president, relief for veterans, transportation of ammunition, and requesting a travel journal of western lands. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of illness including illness update, delay for Captain Simkins, leave of absence due to illness, silence on sending accounts due to illness, personal letter on illness, illness of General Wayne, and caring for sick at Fort McHenry.
Our community of transcribers have added 157 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,831. Overall, we have had 672,379 page views.
For the month of February, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to borders and boundaries. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: the Florida boundary mission of Isaac Guion, appointment of commissioners to survey US boundaries with Creeks, Chickasaws, and Cherokees, and enforcement of the Treaty of Madrid. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more 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.