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Stories from the Field: Transcribing the John Torrey Papers at the New York Botanical Garden

In an effort to make the correspondence of Dr. John Torrey more accessible to researchers, the New York Botanical Garden initiated a project called Digitizing and Transcribing the John Torrey Papers: Natural Science and Exploration in 19th Century America. This NEH-funded project has focused on preserving, digitizing, and transcribing letters from over 350 correspondents, which previously were only able to be seen by visiting the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Archives. This webinar will highlight the process of the project; including the grant received, project goals, staffing, crowdsourcing process, and some of the pitfalls.

This webinar is a part of the "What Did You Do? Stories from the Field" webinar series that highlights the stories from archives professionals throughout New York State, particularly focusing on unique collections care solutions.

This webinar is produced through the State Archives Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York program.

Workshop Type: Webinar
Intended Audience: Historical Records Repositories
Workshop Topic: Historical Records

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