Transcribe Documents

The Straits Settlements Records (SSR) is a collection of records relating to British administration of the Straits Settlements (SS) comprising Singapore, Penang and Malacca from 1826 to 1946. Our collection of Straits Settlements records has a lot of material that is handwritten, but handwritten documents can't be read well by computers. We need your help to transcribe these pages that have been digitised from microfilm to help make these more easily searchable for everyone! And yes, the handwriting can be hard to decipher, and some of the words will be unreadable-- but every part that you can do helps.

SBG1: Field Notebooks of C E Carr

Cedric Errol Carr was a botanist, specialising in orchids, who collaborated with the former Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Director R E Holttum in the late 1920s to 1930s. On Carr’s death in 1936 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Singapore Botanic Gardens were made an offer to purchase his collected orchid specimens of this region (c. 4300 dried and in spirit) along with his critical notes. Detailed descriptions are captured in his field notebooks on his collection trip to Kinabalu that compliments the specimens he collected. The Singapore Herbarium (SING) has over 7000 specimens (both orchids and non-orchids) of which over 250 specimens are types and over 1300 spirit collection of Carr’s field collection. Transcribe his notebooks to help make biodiversity information about the region more accessible! More about Carr: http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/FMCollectors/C/CarrCE.htm

Lyrics from Yesteryear: 1920s-1970s

These are lyric sheets that accompany a collection of recordings related to the history of Singapore’s record industry. Look out for the sound recordings on Archives Online in the last quarter of 2016!

H14: Consultation Book Proceedings & Orders-in-Council

Penang, Singapore and Malacca Consultations are the minutes of the proceeding of the Council appointed in 1805 to advise the President of Penang on important matters. Arranged in chronological order and according to classified headings such as Military and Marine, they cover diverse J2:K2subjects relevant to the early history of Penang, Malacca, Singapore, and many Malay states from Jan to Mar 1826.

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