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 Update: 49 talks in Aug, and 42 for Sept so far - more will be added.
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
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
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
2020 VIRTUAL TALKS
Oct 5 Mon 5-7 Transcribathon Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Register HERE
Oct 10 Sat 2-3 Digitizing Food in the Book Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Register HERE TAPE HERE
Nov 14 Sat 10-11am Medieval Books in the 21st Century. Digital editing. University of Exeter. Being Human Festival. UK HERE
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