The history of the world is contained in handwritten manuscripts stored in archives across the globe. There are over 5,500 on-line repositories of primary sources in the world containing millions of manuscript pages, which are perused by tens of thousands of scholars and visitors every day. Although millions of dollars are spent yearly to fund the transcription of these significant historical documents, the world’s archives still contain a largely-untapped source of historical knowledge.
Our project aims at leveraging the work of the thousands of people who visit archives around the globe. We will accumulate and disseminate the raw transcriptions produced by the army of researchers who dig daily into this treasure-trove of information from antiquity.