Community Transcription: October 2017

November 1st, 2017

October 2017 marked the seventy-eighth 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:

Thirty-two new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 3,010 as of October 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in October mentioned an interest in the state militia units, the early US Navy, colonial Virginia, and Army uniforms.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding shipment of clothing for troops, estimate of the pay and forage of the troopsstocks sawed from dogwood, delay of Colonel Sargent’s stores, money forwarded, delivery, delivery of silver, Major Craig sends status report to Secretary of War, new certificate for payment, return of the legion of the United States, account information, instructions for mustering and paying troops, accountant office policy, request for information on the account of Captain Olie, clothing, stores, disbursements, pay problems, requests order of spirits for western military, provisions and transportation, murder of peaceful Indians, court martial at West Point, regarding Massachusetts troops to be raised, and regarding camp kettles and other supplies.

Our community of transcribers have added 788 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 21,849. Overall, we have had 757,143 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.