Community Transcription: April 2018

May 1st, 2018

April 2018 marked the eighty-fourth 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 the last month:

Twenty-eight new transcribers signed up in April, which brings the total number of transcribers to 3,168 as of April 30, 2018. The individuals who signed up in April mentioned an interest in indigenous history, William Davieswestern Virginia, and Cumberland Gap.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding furlough granted to Captain Dale, request for leave of absence to make voyage to China, certification of payment, and forwards Lafayette’s military proceedings.

Our community of transcribers have added 230 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 22,748. Overall, we have had 834,616 page views.

As a part of our work to update Scripto and migrate the PWD to Omeka S, we will be shutting down transcription beginning May 15, 2018. Please make sure to have completed any transcriptions you’re working on by then. We appreciate your transcription efforts and look forward to unveiling a more user-friendly transcription process in a few months’ time!