EMPOP held its second transcribathon over three days in April 2019. Several EMPOP stars resumed transcribing Folger MS V.a.339. Several more started transcribing Harry Ransom Center, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts 79. You can see some of the results of their work on this post.

You can join in anytime by following this link to and selecting EMPOP.

Next, click on a page spread that fewer than 3 people have started. If you want help choosing something in the Ransom Center manuscript, check out Faith Acker’s introduction to the various hands that copied the text that the volume now contains. If you’d like to work on the Folger manuscript, scroll down. Eventually you’ll see links to images of the Folger manuscript. Unless you like neo-Latin prose (such as Wolfgang Musculus’ 1553 In decalogum praeceptorum), you may want to keep scrolling—say, down to the religious prose in English that begins folios 6v and 7r, or to the poetry that starts on fols. 18v-19r. For help choosing an image, click on this introduction to the manuscript’s contents.

Once you’ve selected an image, transcribe what you read, using the “Save” “button” frequently.

When you encounter difficulty reading the image, click on the colored folio numbers above to see a higher-resolution copy.

The other “buttons” surrounding the “Save” command can help make your transcription more efficient and more precise. Select the “?” to see what each of them does.

For more extensive directions, download the ones that Faith Acker wrote for the Folger manuscript or the ones that she wrote for the Ransom manuscript.

If you plan to take part, why not let us know by emailing us at Or you could tweet @ us with the hashtag #EMPOPstars. We might be able to help you find a page spread that suits your interests and current ability. We would certainly appreciate knowing that you’re out there helping, and becoming one of the next EMPOP stars.