Monday, June 1, 2020

Volunteer to transcribe manuscript cookbook recipes

Handwritten documents - recipes, letters - are important for research.  You can help other researchers and libraries from your home computer by transcribing digitized manuscript cookbooks; thus making them easier to read and able to be searched.

I have added a section on transcribing to my blog post on virtual talks, workshops, and readings, but wanted to showcase this wonderful opportunity in its own post.  As for webinars, etc. - 22 new talks and activities - over 75 total, complete list HERE

TRANSCRIBING MANUSCRIPT RECIPES, MENUS

Many manuscript cookbooks have been - and continue to be - digitized.  The image is a page from a c1700 cookbook (with the transcription on left) in the Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks at University of Iowa Libraries.  

Manuscript Cookbooks Survey is a phenomenal resource for finding handwritten manuscripts with cooking recipes.  Some of the collections have been digitizing their manuscript receipt books including Folger Shakespeare Library, U of Iowa, Wellcome Library and others.

Folgers list of online resources has many links to learn, practice early modern English paleography… HERE
 
Folger Shakespeare Library recipe book transcriptions HERE and a list of recipe books HERE

COULD USE VOLUNTEER TRANSCRIBERS 

EMROC Early Modern Recipes Online Collective - coordinates transcribers... HERE

Folger Shakespeare Library, DC - EMMO, Before Farm to Table... more info - HERE
**update 6/6/2020 they do not need help now, until the building opens and more manuscripts can be digitized

Szathmary Cookbooks at University of Iowa - more info HERE

Wellcome Library (not sure if still working on cookbooks or just medicine side) - HERE

NYPL New York Public Library menus - more info HERE
 
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