Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses

The 1,858 inaugural medical theses in the Waring Historical Library collection are, in the words of John Harley Warner, "one of the finest extant collections of antebellum American medical theses."

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

What is the purpose of Revive!?

Revive! The Waring Historical Library Transcription Project was created to produce searchable text transcriptions for handwritten manuscript and archival materials existing in the Waring's digital collections. The Waring Historical Library aims to use transcriptions produced by our online users to further enrich our digital collections, enhance user searches, and to allow our online users to engage with our collections and with us in new and evolving ways. 


How will my transcription be used?

Your completed transcriptions will be uploaded to our existing collections maintained in our primary content management system and digital collections database. 


How can I access the remaining theses and digital collections of the Waring Historical Library not currently present in the Revive! project?

All of the digitized theses of the Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses collection and the digital collections of the Waring Historical Library may be accessed here


Do I need to obtain a user account to be able to transcribe?

Yes, a user account is required to edit and submit transcriptions. 


How do I register for a user account and login credentials?

You may request an user account for transcription here, and a username and temporary password will be sent to you.


How do I access my user account?

If you have obtained user account credentials, you may access your account by logging in here


How was Revive! created?

Revive! was created utilizing the original open source content management system and plugin created by the George Mason University Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the transcription project designs of the University of Iowa Libraries and the Virginia Memory efforts of the Library of Virginia, DIY HIstory and Making History - Transcribe, respectively. The project is powered by the Omeka 2 installment of the content management system, and the user interface was adapted using an open source theme originally designed by Edward M. of Emedara Studio. To enable user transcription, Revive! utilizes the Scripto plugin of Omeka, which employs the open source wiki applciation, MediaWiki, allowing you to obtain personal accounts to maintain your progress and contributions to the project. 


How do I start transcribing a page of an item?

Once logged in, navigate to the desired item. Click the link to the page that you wish to transcribe in the Select Image Below to Transcribe section of the item metadata.Click Edit Transcription, located below the image on the transcription page. Make your edits in the textbox, and remember to click Save Transcription often! 


Does Revive! keep track of my transcription contributions?

Yes, you may check your contributions while logged in. From the homepage of your personal transcription account, Revive! lists the pages that you have edited along with the date of the most recent contribution. To view what you have changed specifically, select Recent Changes. The Recent Changes log allows you to view the most recently edited pages based on user edits, and by selecting diff or hist for each item, you will be able to view your specific edits. 


I can't figure out a symbol? Help!

The Text Creation Partnership provides helpful information on common apothecary symbols, which may be present in 19th century medical writings.


Do I need to format my transcription in a particular way before submitting it?

No, your transcription does not need to adhere to a particular format. 


Are there any tips/resources to aid me in transcription?

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters develops courses and projects to promote archives, this includes transcription standards. For more information, please visit the Transcription Tips page.


The text is illegible, and I can't make it out. What happens next?

Transcribe what is legible to you, and save your work. If you hit a roadblock, feel free to come back to the page at a later time or to allow another to give it a go. You may also use the Watchlist feature, by selecting Watch Page on a page's Transcription Page to watch edits to a page and to collaborate with other users to complete transcriptions.