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A transcribathon is an event running for a pre-determined number of hours (generally, 3-12 hours), in which participants transcribe and encode manuscripts, individually or in small groups, in the same room or across many rooms simultaneously.

If you are interested in hosting an EMMO transcribathon at your institution, please contact Heather Wolfe ( EMMO transcribathons generally involve food, fun, entertaining manuscripts, transcription sprints, prizes, and an easy-to-use online transcription platform called Dromio. We tailor the manuscript content and the difficulty of the handwriting to the needs of the host institution, and offer a short tutorial in deciphering secretary hand if desired.

Transcriptions from past and future EMMO transcribathons will be added to a searchable EMMO database and made available to users beginning in 2017.

A timeline of EMMO transcribathons:

Transcribathons using Dromio, the Folger's online transcription tool:

  • Oct 25, 2017: Transcribathon in conjunction with Archive's Month. From 12pm-7pm in Swarthmore's Public Library, PA.
  • Nov 7, 2017: Transcribathon in conjunction with the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC). This is a virtual transcribathon.
  • Apr 9, 2018: Transcribathon using Dromio at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island.

Further links:

BBC World News: Cookbook features recipes to cure the plague
VCU Transcribathon: Creating and empowering a community of new paleographers
VCU Transcribathon: Can you read early modern English?
The Community of the Transcribathon
Wellesley Transcribathon
The Collation EMMO