The American Soldier in World War II is very pleased to announce its second Veterans Day transcribe-a-thon. Coinciding with this upcoming U.S. holiday, a 72-hour event will take place, November 11 through 13 online and at multiple locations. Since the project’s May 2018 launch, citizen-archivists have transcribed 46,000 pages, in triplicate. The goal of this 72-hour event is to complete another 2,000.
Each uncensored page provides a window into the daily lives of soldiers who served in the Second World War. In these handwritten reflections, American GIs and officers share their frustration with red tape, their longing for creaturely comforts, their worries and boredom, along with the exhilaration of returning home at the end of their tours. Whether you transcribe one page or one hundred, your contributions will help us accomplish this goal!
You can register for the event here. We encourage local libraries, civic organizations, and individuals to host synchronized transcribe-a-thons. All that is needed is a computer or computers with internet access. Customizable, as well as high-resolution, fliers are available for public distribution. You can read about some of what we’ve already learned at Business Insider. We look forward to another successful transcribe-a-thon!