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Shakespeare’s World project

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State letters from 1533 to ca. 1630 copied ca. 1650.

If you are skilful at transcribing handwriting from the 16th and 17th centuries then why not contribute to Shakespeare’s World, a project to transcribe thousands of manuscripts and documents created in and around Shakespeare’s lifetime, 1564–1616.

Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., with the aid of Zooniverse.org at Oxford University, and the Oxford English Dictionary of Oxford University Press, are running this project to transcribe the manuscripts in their collection. These manuscripts were created by thousands of men and women covering all types of topics: from state papers to personal letters, and from legal to literary documents, and even food recipes.

Your transcriptions may well throw up new words or spelling variations of known words which have yet to be recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary. Your discoveries will eventually be added to the dictionary.

More information on Shakespeare’s World.

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