Transcribe @ Yale invites users from around the world to transcribe and comment on historic texts housed at Yale University. While modern typeset documents can be scanned with optical character recognition (OCR) software, handwritten materials and photographs need humans to transform them into machine-actionable texts. Adapted from the DIY History platform developed by the University of Iowa Libraries, Transcribe facilitates the large-scale transcription of manuscripts in order to create a digital collection that is fully searchable and available for teaching, research, and general browsing.
All transcriptions will be licensed under a Creative Commons License. We plan to offer the bulk download of transcriptions and associated images in the near future — so be sure to check back for those, as well as new additions to the online collections!