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Making History Searchable: Transcribe It!

The Briscoe Center is grateful to all who participated in our transcription pilot program Making History Searchable: Transcribe It! The success of Making History Searchable is the result of countless volunteer hours, starting with the project launch in September 2013. The project concluded in February 2015 with 205 documents from the Natchez Trace Collection receiving complete or partial transcription. The documents ranged in difficulty from beginner, short in length with little to no cursive writing, to advanced, multi-page documents with substantial handwritten content. Ninety-two percent of the 205 documents were completely transcribed, and 8 percent were partially transcribed. The transcriptions will make these valuable historic documents more accessible, allowing them to be searched with greater accuracy and speed.

Sample Advanced Transcription:

[Letter to Mary Kelzer] [leaf 1-recto], NTC_0293a

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Grenad [Grenada] Miss [Mississippi] Aprile 15th 1862

Dear Wife, I have a few leasure moments from waiting on the Sick and imbrace them to rite you a few lines. I am still at Grenada, attending a few of the Boys who were not able to go to Corinth with the company, which Started this evening at five O'Clock in fine Spirits, Three or four of the company are a little sick but none of them but what are doing well, and will be up in a few days. I expect to go to Corinth in a week or two if nothing more than I know of transpires before that time. None of the Sick are in the Hospital, but at private Houses, and as good care taken of them as if any whare but at home, So no one need be uneasy about them. You requested me to give you the particulars of the Battle which I will do as near as I can. The fight commenced on last Sunday morning was a week about four O'Clok in the morning and lasted all day, and our troops Slept on the yankey camp ground Sunday night. our troops commenced the attack on the next morning and drove them to their Gun