Everyone is Invited!
On December 4th, staff from the Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) Project and the University of Pennsylvania Library's Kislak Center will be on hand in the Penn Library's Class of 1978 Orrery Pavillion to introduce participants (and anyone who happens to wander by) to the art of transcribing English manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Easy-to-use online tools provided; no experience needed.
If you like puzzles and/or are interested in the early modern period then you should consider joining the transcribathon! Work by yourself or with friends. You might stay for just a few lines, or get hooked and transcribe an entire piece.

Early Modern Manuscripts Online, or EMMO, is an IMLS-funded three-year project that will ultimately provide scholars and the general public with convenient web access to a searchable database of transcriptions and digital images of a substantial number of the Folger Shakespeare Library's English manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: letters, diaries, wills, coats of arms, literary works, recipe books, miscellanies, and more. The first phase of the project consists of creating and gathering transcriptions, in order to create a corpus that is then vetted for accuracy and consistency. Learn more about the EMMO project.

The Transcribathon will take place in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavillion in the Kislak Center on the 6th floor of Penn's Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. Please bring your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, one may be provided for you. Please contact Dot Porter by December 2nd to make arrangements.

 Food!   Prizes!   Cool Handwriting!
From the Folger Collection, Smith Family Poetical Miscellany
Smith Family Poetical Miscellany