https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/letters-to-lincoln/1860-elected-first-republican-president-and-south-carolina-secedes/ma… This transcription is complete, but still has a bracketed question and also needs the reference number added. It's just an envelope. Suz.
For the past few weeks, I have been mainly reviewing transcriptions. I have been working mainly in the Lincoln Letters in "1860: Elected first Republican President and South Carolina secedes." I'm afraid I have found few transcriptions that I can accept. It seems to me that many transcribers don't read the instructions. I would like to see… Show more
[Editing my earlier post, because I can!]: Julianne, I for one would be happy to push something to Approved when you have a corrected document that needs final review (in reference to "Also, I don't know when someone is going to come along a review my corrections to the original transcription.") A thought i shared in a separate thread…
Two questions: 1. <Preserve original spelling unless the author seems to have made a minor error, such as writing “teh” instead of “the”> Good Morning! I guess this is a question for Victoria and Lauren... I've gotten stuck sometimes on the "minor error" caveat that's in the "how to transcribe" instructions. It's stopped me in the past… Show more
Hello All, I've seen references to other languages, including one identified as Prussian.... So although I rather doubt there's anything Polish in these archives, I am putting myself forth as someone who could take a stab at something like that if it surfaces. Suz.
This issue was mentioned in another thread, but I am bringing it up as its own thread so it can be seen by all (not just the people following the other thread). It was mentioned that translations into English would be useful. How would one add this to the transcription? Would you transcribe in the original language first, then type in the… Show more
Thank you for the detailed explanation! I thrive on knowing the whys and wherefores, because I've been known to not follow directions -- not from obstinacy, but from not understanding the reasoning. I am the queen of TMI, both in giving too much detail and in liking to receive it. And I appreciate the allowance and affirmation I find in this…
I see that the CROWD discussion only has ten followers. Is that true? If so, I wonder how useful this discussion is for the average transcriber. It seems to me that the only people who are posting questions here are people who are working at a high level. I don't see questions from people with run of the mill questions. Why do you think that… Show more
I'm looking back at pages I submitted for review. At the top it says: "Check this transcription thoroughly. Accept if correct!" At the bottom it says: "You submitted this transcription...." Seems a bit contradictory! And if I edit someone else's transcription, I then have to re-submit it for review. Is this correct? Or am I doing something wrong?
Beth, it certainly gives perspective on how long it can take for healing to happen, doesn't it? We're so used to immediate relief, that to read about the weeks of watching and waiting to see if someone will recover or die reminds us that it's okay to just be sick and allow the process to happen. "Patience, Grasshopper!". :-)
I'm currently reviewing documents in the Wm. Oland Bourne Papers. The page I'm currently reading has lots of equals signs as punctuation (=). I have two questions. What do equals signs mean in the context of 19th-century handwriting? Should we type 'em in as we see them being used in documents? Many thanks -- Beth
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While reviewing transcriptions during the months and year after Lincoln was elected, I have come across many letters from people trying to influence his appointments. Being a retired Library of Congress employee, I was fascinated with the letters from people who wanted to be, or who had associates who wanted to be, the Librarian of Congress. I… Show more