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John Muir Transcription Project Style Guide and Steps

Thank you for your interest in helping us to transcribe the Muir journals!

Please follow these guidelines:

Illegible words: use empty brackets [    ]. If you are not sure of the word, use brackets around your guess. Use question marks only when Muir does. [tip: use the letters that you have and put them in a search on the internet and see what results you get.] 

Crossed out words: If the word(s) are legible add them in brackets without the line through them. The correct order of the words is not necessary.

Abbreviations: put exactly what Muir has written. You may add what you think the word is an abbreviation for in brackets.  "Mtns. [Mountains]."

Sketches or drawings:
 transcribe any captions. If there are no captions, *briefly* describe sketch. "[sketch: lake with trees]." 

Do not include Muir's original line breaks.
 You may include paragraph and page breaks if you choose, but it is not necessary. 

Transcribe one page at a time.  
Transcribing an entire journal at once might be rather tedious and others may be transcribing the same journal. 



2)   Select one of Muir's online journals/notebooks and click on it.
3)   Determine if a page has already been transcribed:
      a) Select a journal/notebook "image" from the navigation at the bottom of the page.

      b) The transcription will appear below the image if it has been transcribed.
      c) If ithere is no "Transcription," go ahead and get started.
4)   Transcribe the page that you have into an email or document
5)   Send your page transcription along with the journal title and image number(s)

5)    We will notify you about style and formatting if necessary and inform you if other citizen transcribers are working on that journal. 

6)   Your transcription may be edited if necessary.

7)   Let us know if you do NOT want your name listed as one of our citizen curators.

 Journals that have incomplete transcriptions: 

September-November 1873 [Journal 14]: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Mono Trip

October 1874-circa July 1875 [Journal 18]: Redwood, Yosemite, Shasta, Kings River, etc.

September-November 1877 [Journal 25]: Trip with Hooker, Gray, Bidwells, etc.

August 1879 [Journal 30]: From Wrangell Up Stickeen, Second Trip to Cassiar Mines  
August 1880 [Journal 32]: From Wrangell Up Coast, Sum Dum, Takou, etc.
August 1885 [Journal 37]: Yellowstone Park, Columbia Park, etc.

Notebooks that have incomplete transcriptions: 

Religious Essays; Log School etc., 1856, 1860 [ca. 1887]
Principles of Physics or Natural Philosophy, 1861
[Book Notes on Scotch Geology], [ca. 1863]
Wisconsin Prairies, etc., [ca. 1863]
Yosemite, etc. [Part 1]
Yosemite, etc. [Part 2]




Muir Abbreviations 

lol = between
+ = &
° = use [degrees]
O = circumference
ab = abundant/above
alt = altitude
ava = avalanche
bot = bottom
Can = canyon
Cath = Cathedral
cld/clds/cldy = cloud/clouds/cloudy
Clrk = Clark
clvg = cleavage
crk = creek
dia = diameter
dir = direction
dist = distance
do = ditto 
Eag = Eagle
el = elevation
El Cap = El Capitan
flr/flrs = flower/flowers
gl(s)/glac = glacier/s
HH = Hetch Hetchy
Hoff = Hoffmann
Ind = indian
L = lake
lvs = leaves
mi/ms = mile/miles
mor =moraine
mtn/mtns = mountain/mountains
pk = peak
Pt = point
Sp = spruce
Ten = Tenaya
trib = tributary
Tuol = Tuolumne
v = very
val = valley
wh = which
Yo/YoSem = Yosemite