Community Transcription: November 2017

December 4th, 2017

November 2017 marked the seventy-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:

Forty-one new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 3,051 as of November 30, 2017. The individuals who signed up in November mentioned an interest in the early years of the US Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, Tellico Blockhouse, William Blountthe Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the Treaty of Holston. 

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding clothing and accounting, resolving land issues at the legislature, request for recommendation of command and supply officers, request for character witness concerning officers, preparation for the expedition to the westward, transportation and costs, discussion of raising a company of troops, and accurate information about the northwestern frontier and Mississippi River.

Our community of transcribers have added 307 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 22,156. Overall, we have had 767,564 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.