By Tim Causer, on 4 July 2014
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 28 June to 4 July, during which time TB volunteers have continued to make phenomenal progress.
9,674 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 119 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 8,895 (92%)are now complete and have been approved, up 256 on this time last week. We continue to close in on the 10,000th edited transcript, and are continuing to thin down the backlog of submitted transcripts – thanks again to all volunteers for bearing with us while we work through them.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MSS 537||546||744||73%|
|Add MSS 538||327||858||38%|
|Add MSS 539||386||948||40%|
|Add MSS 541||20||1258||1%|
This week, another batch of the British Library’s Bentham manuscripts were uploaded to the Transcription Desk, this time containing Bentham family correspondence for the period 1789 to 1794. This time was dominated by the start of Bentham’s attempts to have his panopticon prison built, though elsewhere he wrote about the events of the French Revolution, and produced perhaps his most well-known work, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. You can read a fuller description of this material, and access the other available British Library manuscripts as well. Another batch will follow shortly, which will feature Jeremy’s long and dangerous journey to Russia to visit his brother, Samuel. (Thanks to our colleagues at the Digital Archives group of the University of London Computer Centre for getting this material uploaded). We hope that you enjoy exploring these manuscripts!
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time so generously to TB during the past week. It remains as greatly appreciated as always.