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Click to view contentWe periodically pose challenges to you, our amazing volunteers.  This page includes a list of current challenges and challenges past!   An Evergreen Challenge: Narrow the gap between completed pages on BTP and those on loc.gov   We regularly publish volunteer created transcriptions back on the Library's main website, loc.gov, where they make… (Show more)
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I have come across some pages marked as complete with many [?]. I am able te decifer  the words in [?]. Is it possible to re-open those pages?   They are: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/mary-church-terrell-advocate-for-african-americans-and-women/letters-between-friends-allies-and-others/mss425490139/mss425490139-24/  … (Show more)
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I noticed that there are over 2000 documents to be reviewed for Mary Church Terrell. I try to do some reviews but many times they are documents I transcribed or reviewed and edited. I find it tedious to try to find documents I did not work on. If someone could tell me what they have worked on, I would be glad to review those documents. I worked in… (Show more)
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I'm transcribing documents from Elizabeth Cady Stanton. While the handwriting is occasionally challenging, the writer uses a symbol which, having seen it multiple times over several pages, I feel certain that it's a shorthand notation for the word "and." If it were an ampersand, I would type it as such but this symbol is best described as an o… (Show more)
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How do you want me to handle the copyright symbol when it appears in documents?
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Perhaps this question has been asked before, but in the course of beginning to work on transcription of materials in the Mary Church Terrell collection I started to wonder about the publishing of previously private materials to the public.   The issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine that I've worked on was already public when it was published… (Show more)
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The help documentation has:   "It is also our goal to preserve the original spelling, grammar, and punctuation of the documents, in order to honor the original creators' historical reality and stylistic choices."   And also for the case of text other than English:   "If you can transcribe the original language of a document, please do so. You… (Show more)
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Many pages on By the People are written in languages other than English or contain words and phrases with accents, such as café or coup de théâtre. Writers such as Mary Church and Clara Barton spent time in Germany and France, and sometimes practiced their language skills by writing in the local language. Abraham Lincoln received correspondence… (Show more)
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