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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: July 2015 to November 2022)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2020

Digitizing and Transcribing the John Torrey Papers: Natural Science and Exploration in 19th Century America

Digitization and transcription of 28,000 pages (7,000 documents) of the papers of John Torrey, a pioneer of American botany who lived from 1796 to 1873, consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations.  The transcriptions would be crowd-sourced by volunteers and made available to the public through the library‚Äôs content management system.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library will digitize and begin crowdsourcing the transcription of its "John Torrey Papers." The "Torrey Papers" are the largest and most important collection in the U.S. of pioneering American botanist John Torrey's (1796-1873) correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations. The project will digitize ~28,000 pages (7,000 documents) and begin crowdsourced transcription of the entire collection. Transcription will include integration of FromThePage transcription software into CONTENTdm, an innovation in manuscript transcription. Dissemination tools will include a teen transcription project, a "John Torrey Study Day" for high school and college students, a traveling exhibition, and a website.