About the project
Transcribe@Yale invites you to interact with Yale's digital collections by transcribing historic manuscripts. By sharing your expertise in specialized scripts (including the Cherokee syllabary), you can help to make these documents searchable, allowing researchers to quickly seek out specific information, and general users to browse and enjoy the materials more easily.
The goal of Transcribe@Yale is to make special collections material more accessible for text searching, and to engage users in interacting with archives in new ways.
About the collections
Content on Transcribe@Yale is drawn from Yale University's digital collections.
What technology powers the site?
Transcribe@Yale is based on software from the University of Iowa's DIY History Project.
We gratefully acknowledge their generosity in sharing this code, which is a further development of the Scripto plugin for Omeka.
Can anyone participate? Do I need to register?
Anyone is welcome to contribute to the site. To get started, create an account.
All transcriptions will be licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC-0). We plan to offer bulk download of transcriptions and associated images in the near future.
- Transcribe the Cherokee writing in syllabary characters, rather than transliterating into Latin.
- Transliterate Micmac using a Latin orthography.
- Don’t worry about formatting.
- Transcribe words as they are spelled or abbreviated.
- Do not transcribe hyphens or spaces in words that occur at line breaks.
- Indicate if you can’t decipher a word. If you are unsure of a word or phrase, please use [illegible], or your best guess followed by a question mark within brackets [Chattanooga?], or even [town?] or [name?].
If you see the term [illegible] in a transcription, please try to decipher and transcribe the word.
- The Cherokee Nation provides detailed instructions for How to Type in Cherokee syllabary. You can also use a virtual Cherokee keyboard to generate Cherokee text using a phonetic keyboard layout.
- The Archives of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian provide a helpful chart to aid in deciphering syllabary handwriting.
- Contact us for more specific questions/problems.