Our wonderful volunteers transcribe the original handwritten minutes of early Vancouver City Council meetings.

We sometimes like to think of our transcribers as being like the medieval scribes whose individual efforts advanced humanity’s shared knowledge.  Our remarkable volunteers have contributed transcripts of 335 sets of minutes to date, as follows:

Master Scribe:
Margaret Sutherland 149
Joy Marie Vasquez 99
Darren Pezer/Progressive Building Maintenance 57

Journeyman Scribes:
Chris Stephenson, MLIS 45
Donna Kynaston 24
Martha Hazevoet 12
Anonymous 11

Working Scribes:
Bronwen Cripps 5
Krystyna Richards 5
Leah Minuk 5
David Laing 4
L. Ellema 3
Sue Bryant 3
Susan M. Willows 2

Apprentice Scribes:
Chris Mizzoni 1
Christine Cathcart 1
Devon Harlos 1
Jordan Cripps 1
Mary Norris 1
Judy Lam Maxwell 1
Andrea Mitchell 1
Karen Gillespie 1
Alannah Hall 1

Can’t read cursive handwriting but still want to help? We still need you!  Other volunteer jobs are available.  You could read through the transcripts and add your own thoughts and comments. You could help us summarize the contents of the minutes, write Twitter headlines, or research pictures to go with the minutes. There are endless ways to contribute to our shared understanding of Vancouver history. Please get in touch with us or join us on facebook to find out more.