4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 18, 2020 1:08 PM by Samantha Schireson

    Help for a newbie


      Hello, I am new here and just started my transcribing attempts yesterday. Could I please have some feedback on my work?https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/clara-barton-angel-of-the-battlefield/diaries-and-journals-1892-1901/mss119730045/mss119…

      I also transcribed a letter in the Lincoln collection and submitted those pages for review -- should I have left it as "In Progress" instead? Any tips will be most welcome, hoping to be helpful as I do enjoy deciphering handwriting. Thanks!

        • Re: Help for a newbie

          Hi Jill!


          I'm a relative newbie too, having been transcribing/reviewing just since December (and not having much time to devote here of late).


          Looking at your link, seems to me you have the formatting down, and unless you plan to go back to it, you can just Submit for Review, same with the Lincoln letter.


          They've added a feature that allows you to reopen a submitted transcription, so you can always go back and fill in stuff you couldn't decipher on the first round, as long as it hasn't been opened for review by someone else (and sometimes this can be a long while).


          It's an awesome project, and deciphering is such a treasure hunt! Welcome and have fun.



          • Re: Help for a newbie

            I have read dozens of journals from the 1850s and  am available to help with your transcription.

            • Re: Help for a newbie

              Hello and welcome to the By the People project!


              I too took a look at the page you have linked, and you are entirely right to submit for review! If you do hit a roadblock, and cannot finish a page entirely feel free to save that page. Another person will be able to pick up where you left off.

              If you cannot decipher text and there are a few [?] unknowns within your transcription, go ahead and submit for review.


              If you have any questions, you may also contact a Community Manager with the project at crowd@loc.gov and we'll get back to you shortly.


              Happy transcribing!