Transcribimus: documents of early Vancouver and beyond

Transcibimus is Latin for "we transcribe"

We support a network of volunteers who work to make historical documents available free of charge for online access by researchers and the general public

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Transcribimus was started in June 2012 by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. He wanted to learn more about David Oppenheimer, Vancouver's second Mayor, who had been instrumental in establishing the trajectory of the modern city. Sullivan spent time in the Vancouver Archives with the Vancouver City Council Minutes but found the microfiche copy was barely readable and the originals were physically deteriorating.

He made a commitment to honour the remarkable legacy of David Oppenheimer by having the Minutes from 1886 to 1891 transcribed and put online in a searchable form for free access by researchers and the general public.

The first Minutes were transcribed by contractors but over time Transcribimus moved to a volunteer model. As the volunteers grow close to completing the first five years of Vancouver City Council Minutes they are looking at taking on more challenges.

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