Community Transcription: July 2017

August 8th, 2017

July 2017 marked the seventy-fifth 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:

Eighteen new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,940 as of July 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in July mentioned an interest in the Battle of the Wabash/St. Clair’s defeat, the Georgia lowcountry, and Spanish Florida.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding a sorrel horse for the Wyandot chief, requests orders to lift goods from French schooner, immediate clothing for the recruiting service, kentledge to be transported to Philadelphia, description of quarto books for the Army, requests payment for Joseph Habersham, corrects cannonball dimensions for Secretary of the Treasury, and compensation for seizure of cattle.

Our community of transcribers have added 247 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,863. Overall, we have had 729,956 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.