3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 22, 2019 5:33 PM by Lauren Algee

    Telegrams

    Terri Pelna Newbie

      I've run into quite a few telegrams lately.  On the top there is usually a preprinted "disclaimer" (The Western Union Telegraph Company.  This company transmits and delivers messages only on conditions limiting its liabilty" etc.)  I have been transcribing that paragraph; however, in reviewing tonight, I am noticing that not everyone has been transcribing it.   So my question is should we or should we not be transcribing that part of the telegram.


      Thank you!

      Terri

        • Re: Telegrams
          Henry Rosenberg Scout

          I would do it. The point of transcribing is to get as much of the original documents done digitally. Same thing with stationery. Type all names on the page. It takes time the first time but if you copy and paste it into a Word Document on your laptop you can save the stationery in case you come across it again.

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            • Re: Telegrams
              Terri Pelna Newbie

              Thanks Henry. That’s what I do also (copy and paste the paragraph).  I just started coming across some that did not have it transcribed and I started second guessing myself.  Thanks for your help!

               

              Terri

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                • Re: Telegrams
                  Lauren Algee Scout

                  Thanks for the question, Terri.  I think this is an area where many folks get confused.  As Henry points out we ask volunteers to transcribe letterheads because they often include important information such names and addresses. We also say "Some mass produced calendars and diaries contain many pages of pre-printed almanacs or other text that should not be transcribed as part of this project. This is not the core text we are aiming to capture. However, if you want to transcribe it, feel free.".

                   

                  Telegram headings fall into a bit of a gray area between these two types of printed templates found in correspondence.  They don't usually include information like names or addresses that is likely to be looked for by researchers.  However, one can imagine someone wanting to pull all telegrams together through a search for "Western Union" or other areas of text from the telegram heading. The text varies over time so perhaps specific searches could also find specific time periods of telegram. So I recommend erring on the side of transcription.

                   

                  I also really love your copy and paste strategies to save typing time!  Really smart!

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