The LEAP Transcription Team

We’d like to introduce you to the LEAP transcription team, the members of which are currently engaged in transcribing 12 of the extant 17 field diaries from Livingstone’s last African expedition (1866-73) and the 700-page “Unyanyembe Journal” (1866-72).

The diaries and journal, held by the David Livingstone Centre in Scotland, form the bulk of what may be the most comprehensive and diverse surviving collection of manuscript documents related to any single nineteenth-century British expedition to Africa.

Unified digital access to images and transcriptions of these documents — which have never been available before in their original form — promises to change our understanding of the last phase of Livingstone’s career and expand our knowledge of the many facets of nineteenth-century African history that he recorded.

Angela Aliff (Institution)
Angela Aliff (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Heather F. Ball (Morgan Library & Museum, USA)
Heather F. Ball (Morgan Library & Museum, USA)
Ashanka Kumari (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Ashanka Kumari (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Chris Lawrence (Institution)
Chris Lawrence (University College London, England)
Anne Martin (David Livingstone Centre, Scotland)
Anne Martin (David Livingstone Centre, Scotland)
Jared McDonald (Institution)
Jared McDonald (University of the Free State, South Africa)
Kate Simpson (Institution)
Kate Simpson (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland)
Megan Ward (Oregon State University)
Megan Ward (Oregon State University, USA)
Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Adrian S. Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
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… And, last but not least, the “Spacely” Server (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), which facilitates the exchange of images and transcription drafts among LEAP team members.

[Note: Our next post will present “LEAPing In: Our Top Ten (Part 2 of 2).”]

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