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PW-234827-16

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Digitizing and Transcribing the John Torrey Papers: Natural Science and Exploration in 19th Century America

Digitization and transcription of 28,000 pages (7,000 documents) of the papers of John Torrey, a pioneer of American botany who lived from 1796 to 1873, consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations.  The transcriptions would be crowd-sourced by volunteers and made available to the public through the library‚Äôs content management system.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library will digitize and begin crowdsourcing the transcription of its "John Torrey Papers." The "Torrey Papers" are the largest and most important collection in the U.S. of pioneering American botanist John Torrey's (1796-1873) correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations. The project will digitize ~28,000 pages (7,000 documents) and begin crowdsourced transcription of the entire collection. Transcription will include integration of FromThePage transcription software into CONTENTdm, an innovation in manuscript transcription. Dissemination tools will include a teen transcription project, a "John Torrey Study Day" for high school and college students, a traveling exhibition, and a website.

Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2019