We have good news from the Folger Shakespeare Library: they received a grant that is now funding paleographer Sarah Powell to do the vetting of the recipe manuscripts. So we are free in our Transcribathon to concentrate on transcribing three manuscripts: Baker V.a. 619; Cromwell V.a. 8; and Packe V.a. 215. We welcome you to join us in transcribing recipes on Tuesday November 7, from 9 a.m. EST.
You can begin by going to: transcribe.folger.edu and sign in using your name.
Please click on TRANSCRIBE, then on EMROC, and then on TRANSCRIBATHON. From there you can choose one of the three manuscripts (Baker, Cromwell, and Packe) and click on a page. You can begin typing in the box provided. If you need help learning to use dromio, please click on this link.
We hope that you will also tweet about your experience and tell us any interesting find or puzzling conundrum you discover, using #EMROCtranscribes.
Tell your friends and join us at the banquet!
Please join us virtually for our 3rd annual online Transcribathon on Tuesday, November 7, where we will have a number of texts available for transcription.
In the past two Transcribathons, we have worked only on one text, Rebeckah Winche (Folger V.b.366) and then Lady Castleton (Folger V.a.600)—respectively—from start to finish. This year we are going to take a different approach: to complete several texts. Our goal is to have 10 completed texts this year, that is 10 triple-transcribed and vetted early modern recipe books that can be downloaded in a searchable pdf. We currently have a number of texts that are either partially transcribed or fully transcribed but not completely vetted. So, in working to complete these texts we will be offering a banquet of possibilities for those interested in learning more about early modern recipes and paleography.
In terms of transcription, we will begin with the L. Cromwell recipe book (Folger V.a.8), which is one third done, and then when it is finished we will move onto Margaret Baker manuscript (Folger Va619), which is approximately two thirds transcribed.
To make an Apple pudding. Cromwell Manuscript, Folger V.a.8, F37.
For advanced paleographers interested in learning the art of vetting, we will also be offering a number of texts to be vetted, first then Mary Cruso (Folger X.d.24) then Lady Castleton, and finally the recipe manuscript written by Lettice Pudsey (Folger V.a. 450). We are, in short, offering a kind of smorgasbord of transcribing—or a “choose your own adventure” in early modern paleography with a mix of 21st century coding.
Please save the date, November 7, and stayed tuned for more information soon. We hope you will join us.
Amy L. Tigner, University of Texas, Arlington