State Library of NSW’s World War I diaries transcription project

Photo: 'Diary of Gallipoli: entry for 25th April 1915. Diary of 494 Sergeant Joseph Cecil Thompson, Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Pages four and five' by Ellen Campbell CC-BY

Photo: ‘Diary of Gallipoli: entry for 25th April 1915. Diary of 494 Sergeant Joseph Cecil Thompson, Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Pages four and five’ by Ellen Campbell CC-BY

The State Library of New South Wales, in Australia,  has released 50,000 pages of digitised World War One diaries  and are calling for the general public to volunteer their time to help transcribe the material.

The State Library’s unique collection of solider’s diaries includes over 1,200 handwritten accounts by soldiers of all ranks, doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, journalists and POWs and has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Having recently completed digitising  its entire collection of World War One diaries and letters, 180,000 pages, made possible through the support of the NSW Government, the Library has now launched its very own purpose built transcription tool. With this new tool, they are turning to the wider community for help so that to unlock the contents of these diaries and provide global access to this extraordinary material and the compelling stories held within them.

Visit their website to find out more about the project, search the finished transcriptions and  try transcribing.

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