Letters 1916-1923 has been nominated for a Digital Humanities Award

DH Awards | Letters 1916-1923

We are delighted to be nominated for a DH Award for our public engagement in 2017!

The Digital Humanities Awards are a set of annual awards where the public is able to nominate resources for the recognition of talent and expertise in the digital humanities community. The resources are nominated and voted for entirely by the public.

You can vote for your favourite DH projects until 25 February 2018.

If you’ve transcribed with us, donated a letter to the collection or used the Letters 1916-1923 database for your work, please consider voting for us in the Public Engagement section of the DH Awards website:


Transcription Progress: January 2018

January 2018

In January 2018 you transcribed 55559 characters in total.

In January 2018, we reviewed our metrics and the total number of registered users in the system is 1978.

Currently 4366 letters have been uploaded to the system, of which 3678 are available to view and transcribe online. You can explore the completed and fully transcribed letters in more detail here.

THANK YOU All for contributing to the Letters 1916-1923 Project!


  • 4378 letters uploaded to the system, of which 3770 have been made public to date (31 January 2018)
  • 29 new letters uploaded to the system since 31 December 2017

STATUS of the letters:

  • Transcriptions not started: 53 letters
  • Transcriptions in progress: 15 letters
  • Transcriptions that need proofing and reviewing: 952 letters
  • Transcriptions proofed and completed: 2766 letters


# username characters
1 Jk123 12371
2 Dansimo90 7892
3 Apeetha 5695
4 CFMcDonald 5125
5 Miroc80 5005

Featured Transcriber: Clara McDonald

Born and raised in the sunny south east of Ireland (it’s more like the mildly warm south east, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it), Clara is a twenty-five-year-old full time administrator and part time Early Childhood Education student. Aside from working and studying she can also be found performing with Wexford … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 4: transcribing a letter

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Sara Kerr describes the next stage of our workflow, transcribing a letter. After the imaging of a letter has taken place, the letter is uploaded to the Letters of 1916 website transcription desk. During the upload process a form is completed providing a range of details … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 3: adding a letter

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Hannah Healy describes the next stage of our workflow, adding a letter to Letters of 1916. A large part of what I do on the letters project revolves around the uploading of new letters. For this process I use a set uploading template (provided on the … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 2: Image editing

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Neale Rooney describes the next stage of our workflow, image editing. The second part of our workflow picks up where Karolina finished; the documents have been photographed to a very high quality and now we need to condense them for the web and crop them to size. … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 1: Imaging

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Karolina Badzmierowska describes the first stage of our workflow, imaging. One of our contributors, Mary Harris, came along to our SFI Community Engagement event in Galway in November 2015 and brought a number of her family letters for digitisation. One of the letters, from Thomas … Read more

Letters written by Patrick or Patricia in the Letters of 1916 collection

As it’s St Patrick’s Day, we went looking through the Letters of 1916 collection in search of letters written by people named Patrick or Patricia. We found only one Patricia in the whole collection: Patricia Lynch (1894-1972) was an Irish nationalist and supporter of the suffragette movement. While living in London she befriended Sylvia Pankhurst who reportedly sent … Read more