Transcription Challenge for Civil War Telegrams

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April 25, 2017

Those researchers and ephemera fans out there know that transcribing documents can be time-consuming but also thrilling! In 2012, The Huntington acquired an astounding collection of Civil War papers, stemming from Thomas T. Eckert, who was the head of the military telegraph office.

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In 2016, The Huntington came up with the ingenious idea to crowdsource the transcription. With 15,922 telegrams, it would certainly be no easy feat for archivists to transcribe it all. The project has nearly 4,000 volunteers who have already transcribed about half of the telegrams.

Read more about this project on The Huntington's blog.


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