Week two: 01/24-01/26

This week I started the project of transcribing documents from the digital collections. After being walked through the procedure and how to format my transcriptions, I delved into the many letters, memos, and other documents waiting to be deciphered. I actually really enjoy this project. I like the challenge of trying to sift through the scrawling text, which can be difficult at times when the writing is small or sloppy. There’s one letter from someone at the Department of the Navy to Wilson that I’m trying to transcribe that is proving very difficult. The cursive text is tightly bound, and many of the letters are not exactly perfect cursive. There are a few revisions that were added in as well that add more symbols to be deciphered. Continue reading “Week two: 01/24-01/26”

Week 1: Ambuehl Collection

This week I began my internship with a project I’d already begun some time ago while volunteering at WWPL: the John P. Ambuehl Collection. Easily one of my favorite collections I’ve worked on so far, the collection documents the military service and death of John P. Ambuehl, a private from Borup, Minnesota, who served as a machine gunner in France during WWI and was killed in action in October 1918. Continue reading “Week 1: Ambuehl Collection”