Spring 2022 account books transcribathon

Join the Folger Shakespeare Library on May 26, 2022 to transcribe a weekly account book for London House (March 1612-March 1614) using FromThePage. The writer of the manuscript, a Lady, is not named but was a friend of Lady Townshend and of Lord Stanhope.

We’ll be transcribing the weekly entries for the quantities of food and drink coming in and being consumed along with their costs and the quarterly summaries of the accounts. Event participants will be helping to make the account book keyword searchable (along with Folger’s corpus of manuscript recipe books) and to develop conventions for transcribing account books in FromThePage.

This event is open to all transcribers— NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Drop in anytime – before, during, or after the event – and transcribe as long as you like! For anyone who wants to transcribe together, the Zoom room will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET. Please contact Sara Schliep at sbschliep@folger.edu for the Zoom link to the face-to-face Transcribathon, or just sign up to transcribe a page and dive in on your own.

Guides will be available to help transcribers with the coding and some of the special abbreviations in the manuscript and Folger staff will host introductions to working in FromThePage at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be available all day to answer questions. You can also participate on social media using #FolgerTranscribes.

Transcription Aids and Useful Links

FromThePage transcription conventions

Guide to Z.d.20

Z.d.20 Sign-up sheet

Sample Transcription