Archives launches transcription crowdsourcing project

October 12, 2017
Sanders letter to president Tresidder, 1945-03-25

The University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a crowdsourcing project to transcribe handwritten letters and documents within its holdings. Accessible at, the project currently features 8 unique collections for users to transcribe:

More collections are in the works, including thousands of letters from Jane and Leland Stanford, as well as the Stanford Student Letters and Memoirs Collection and materials collected as part of the Archives' recent initiative to document Stanford women, the LGBTQIA community, and communities of color.

The goal of the project is to provide enhanced access, including full-text search, for these unique, deeply personal Stanford stories. The project utilizes From the Page technology, which incorporates IIIF interoperability with the Stanford Digital Repository and Spotlight for full-text indexing and searching.

The project is generously funded by the Stanford Libraries' Treat Grant.

Please help us make these treaures more accessible by logging on giving it a try. Transcription conventions are provided at the bottom of each page. For more information please contact