Transcription KeyIowa Hunting Journal (MS-647)
While putting together the transcription, we tried to include allpunctuation, spellings, use of capital letters, and writing styles the author used in the journal, such as his use of long dashes and lines throughout the text. Each line of thetranscription corresponds to a line in the journal. Page numbers, starting with the backof the front cover, are in brackets at the end of each page's transcription. There are listsand notes at both the beginning and end of the journal; these were scanned but nottranscribed.
Transcription style, marks and symbols:
-------: used in transcription when author uses a line, with no text attached[word?]: used in transcription when it is not entirely clear what the original word is, butthe word in the brackets is our closest guess to the correct word.[word]: a word in brackets without a question mark means we are almost certain wehave the right word, but it is possible we are mistaken[illegible]: a word is illegibleword: a word is crossed out in the text[illegible]: a word is crossed out and illegible[…]: words are smudged or in another way illegible? within a word: substituted for an unclear or smudged letter
: text in italics within brackets are notes we have inserted, such as the pagenumbers we have assigned to the journal
Abbreviations and our best guess at their corresponding complete words:
Please note: as can be seen below, the author often just uses the first letter of a word.Context usually allows the reader to know what the letter stands for, but some of themore common uses of this type of abbreviation are given below.OC: used for o’clock, sometimes written in capitals, sometimes just one letter iscapitalized, or there may be periods after one or both lettersH: often stands for horses, but sometimes stands for house, and is occasionally usedfor a travelling companion