Most of the digitization was done manually during the transcription of the documents into a word processor, and then to plain text. Some of the printed materials were scanned (at 600 dpi) using OCR (optical character recognition) software ( ScanSoft TextBridge), and then converted to word processor documents, and then to plain text.
The documents are presented in plain (ASCII) text (.txt) to ensure portability and longevity. To aid in reading and printing, each line is limited to seventy characters.
As accuracy of the texts is paramount, transcription of the documents is as literal as possible within the constraints of plain text.
Rules Regarding Manuscripts
Rules Regarding Printed Matter
As our goal is primarily to get these documents online and accessible, annotation only appears to alert the reader of some textual matter, such as to indicate marginal or deleted text. Footnotes are referred to by a number in square brackets (ex. ) and the notes appear at the end of the document.
The document type is noted at the end of the document. Information regarding the transcription, digitization, etc. of the document is also be noted at the end of each document.
Once all of the documents are online, more contextual information may be added in the form of concise annotation.
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