• Clara and her 1880...er, 1881 diary

    I'm sure others have noticed the crossed-out days of the week in Clara's 1881 diary, but it took me quite a while (since I didn't transcribe the very first page of it) to figure out why all the days of the week were h...
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  • Media coverage, blog posts, and scholarly articles about By the People

    You may be interested to read some of the blogs and press coverage about By the People. Some of this content is produced by members of staff at the Library of Congress and some by external media outlets.   Schol...
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  • Use of Ditto marks versus typing the text

    In reviewing transcriptions of 1880 city reports the original documents uses ditto marks in long lists to indicate 'same as above' ... sometimes the transcriber has filled in the word that was "dittoed" (i.e. patrolma...
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  • text is mirror image of the original

    I have a page to review that has the text "mirrored" - someone transcribed it, so maybe I am just missing a button somewhere to "right it"? https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/susan-b-anthony-papers/anthony-corresponden...
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  • Walt Whitman - possibly incorrect file location

    Working on one of the files for Prayer of Columbus: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/walt-whitman/poetry/mss1863000739/   Notice that page #3 is about Mystic Trumpeter: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/walt-whitm...
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  • What if I cannot make out a word

    I would like to start transcribing.  However, after looking at some notes, there is a word or two I cannot transcribe since it is illegible.  What do I do then?
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  • Unidentified left-hander identified!

    Here's my latest discovery: William H Dougal, who signed his entry as "Will," also noted his last name, Dougal, on the last page of his entry (the back of a page?). Being the dogged librarian that I am (and apparently...
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  • German poetry-loving left-handed soldiers?

    There's always something different....and once again I'm proving i have nothing better to do. So why are there 3 German poems, in that unreadable script I love so much, in among a beautifully composed, nicely-writte...
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  • Reference to Rudyard Kipling work in Whitman Campaign

    Working on one of the docs in the Walt Whitman campaign and found a reference to a work by Rudyard Kipling...title: "The Book of the Forty-Five Mornings." Having not heard of that title, I went searching for it online...
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  • Page of the week: Submit your cool, crazy, and curious finds!

    This Thursday the By the People twitter account (@Crowd_LOC) launched a "Page of the week" initiative, where we'll feature By the People highlights. Each week community managers will post an interesting, odd, or beaut...
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  • Left-handed soldiers transcribed

    Hi, folks;   As always, I try to participate in every challenge, even if in only a small way. So I started on a left-hander's penmanship entry. How interesting to compare his 1964 experiences to Clara Barton's! ...
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  • Incorrect date on a letter

    Here's an interesting little problem. I'm reviewing some Clara Barton (i LOVE that woman!), and just for fun was looking up a senator who was being eulogized. I found that he died in March 1864, but  Clara wrote ...
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  • Final "Letters to Lincoln" pages published: 1865-1889 assassination and aftermath

    By the People volunteers have transcribed 26,000+ letters and completed (a.k.a reviewed) 4,700+ Lincoln pages in just over six months. Many of your transcriptions are published on loc.gov, and more will appear later t...
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  • Marked complete with errors (whitman)

    These two are marked as complete but are missing tiny written text:   This one is missing the written text "1." https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/walt-whitman/poetry/mss1863000683/mss1863000683-5/   This o...
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  • Plus sign vs. ampersand

    I see several transcriptions in which an ampersand is transcribed as a plus sign.  Visually, that is okay, I suppose.  But how do screen readers interpret the plus sign?  If it says "plus" instead of "a...
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  • Don't Know What To Do With This Page

    I came across this page. My inclination is to redo it without all of the names in the margin but I am not sure. For the moderators, what would be the best way to deal with this page? I tend to transcribe them with the...
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  • Walt Whitman Romanian Transcribing

    There are some words on the top photo (below link) that are in Romanian. I tried to transcribe it accurately, but the text is difficult to read in some places since it is on top of the photo. If anyone here speaks or ...
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  • Nothing to Transcribe?/Walt Whitman Campaign

    I have a question about this type of thing (which I'm seeing at times in the Walt Whitman Collection)...   Page 1 with the poem (I did transcribe): https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/walt-whitman/poetry/mss18630...
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  • Printed poetry formatting

    Hi, folks! so of COURSE I had to check out Walt Whitman. What I got was some proofs for printed poems, and some odd formatting: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/walt-whitman/poetry/mss1863000775/mss1863000775-3/ in...
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  • Deciphering Handwriting Using Scrabble and Words with Friends Cheats

    Sometimes when I can't decipher a word, i use a word-finder program.  There is one I particularly like on yourdictionary.com.  You can plug the letters you can read into the program and use two wildcards for...
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