The American Soldier in World War II project is pleased to announce the completion of its transcription drive. When we originally launched our project on Zooniverse on May 8, 2018, we hoped to complete all of our transcriptions and annotations by the 75th anniversary of VE Day: May 8, 2020.
Thanks to the absolutely amazing dedication of our project contributors, we have hit that goal, and with a week to spare. That means that over 65,000 pages of reflections on war and military service written by World War II soldiers in their own hands have been transcribed and annotated in triplicate—in two years. That’s over 190,000 pages in total!
With our public launch, we started a VE Day tradition of hosting commemorative transcribathons, encouraging citizen archivists across the world to join us on Zooniverse to transcribe and annotate these one-of-a-kind records. This 75th-anniversary VE Day, we will be hosting a different kind of event: a celebration.
To thank and honor the thousands of Zooniverse members who have played such an indispensable role in our success, the project’s team has put together a virtual 75th-anniversary VE Day program. Throughout the day, we will present individual and group interviews and short messages from project stakeholders, historians, public humanities advocates, and our dedicated Zooniverse community members. Links to the event will be provided on our Zooniverse project page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
We’re so grateful for our global team, especially during these most trying of times. We’re thrilled to advance the project to its next phase. Our next major milestone will be the launch of an open-access website, slated for next spring, with all these intimate, now-readable wartime documents.