Fascinating! Community Managers have not seen this before within the collection so thank you for bringing it to our attention!
I can't comment on the frequency or purpose behind it. Looping in our collection experts in the LOC Manuscript Division - any idea why this contest entry might have a transcription or if there are other examples of this practice?
I have not noticed any right handed transcriptions. They supposedly signed affidavits acknowledging the loss of their right arm. I have seen multiple transcriptions of the same entry, possible a scrap copy? It is interesting to read what they went through. One was proud of his loss as a sign that he fought. He criticized someone who lost a leg who was begging for money claiming that he must have been that way even before he lost his leg. He believed every man should earn his own way, disablility or not.
See the Manuscript Division reply below. Interesting stuff!
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Dear Sharon McKinley -
There are a few right handed transcriptions within the Wm. Oland Bourne Papers. The issue is addressed in the introduction to the digital edition, I've pasted the relevant paragraph below:
Left-handed penmanship samples recopied in another hand, presumably by Bourne, can be found with some contest entries. In most cases a page of The City Record was used as a sort of folder, with identifying information written on what would have been the front of the folder. When a copy of The City Record was used to separate recopied penmanship samples, the front and back of The City Record page are presented first in this online presentation, followed by the recopied pages. Examples of this may be seen in the entries of William H. Thomas and Julius V. Wood. In some cases, like that of Seth Sutherland, the recopied pages are not housed in a City Record wrapper and simply follow other documents in the file.
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