Throughout many of the By the People Campaigns you'll find documents in languages other than English. In some cases we devote whole Campaigns to materials in other languages, notably "Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents" which features Spanish, Latin, and Catalan. But there are loads of of other languages sprinkled throughout the collections, including French and German in the now complete "Letters to Lincoln" and "Civil War Soldiers: 'Disabled but not disheartened'" Campaigns, the Mary Church Terrell, Clara Barton, The Blackwells and Alan Lomax Campaigns.
During the Covid-19 lockdown David B. Morris, a German Area Specialist in the European Division of the Library of Congress tackled some of the trickier German language documents that had been stuck in review or unstarted since By the People launched in October 2018. In this fascinating blog post he demystifies the letter forms found in die deutsche Schrift (the German script), and explores the history of this type of handwriting. He also gives us insight into the content of several diaries in the Mary Church Terrell Campaign, and letters in the Lincoln and Civil War Soldiers Campaigns.
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I would love to learn more! I taught myself the old Schrift a couple years ago out of curiosity and began using it as a way to take notes in meetings. If there are any lingering deutsche Schrift documents on By the People in need of review or transcription, I'd love to try and help. It's such a great platform. Keep up the great work, Mr. Morris!