What is FromThePage?
FromThePage is software that allows volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents online. This particular instance has been installed by the UT Library to explore opportunities for crowd-sourcing and student participation in document transcription projects involving UT collections. We invite all members of the UT community to work together and create transcription projects. We host projects from a wide variety of institutions across the university, from LLILAS Benson the Archaeology faculty. Any member of the community interested in using FromThePage in their research or in the classroom is encouraged to reach out to allyssa.guzman [at] austin.utexas.edu for more information. If you are interested in learning more about how to use FromThePage, please check out our LibGuide for a full walk-through of FromThePage features.
It has previously served as a platform for a pilot program to transcribe portions of the archives of Texas lawmaker and UT founder Judge Alexander Watkins Terrell, held at UT’s Briscoe Center for American History. The papers being transcribed are all connected with Terrell’s time as the United States Minister Plenipotentiary to the Ottoman Porte in Constantinople from 1893 to 1897. Initial transcription contributions focus on his visit to the archaeological site of Troy in 1894 and his attempts to convince the University to purchase the land and/or collection of Frank Calvert.
In addition to some of Terrell’s papers related to his visit to Troy and subsequent experiences, there are a host of other completed and incomplete projects available for viewing on FromThePage. Below is a periodically updated list of projects the UT community has been working on.