Yiddish Translation Project Reported

The C & RL News, of the Association of College and Research Libraries Reports in the February 2013 issue that two archival repositories have a new innovative project to create translations from historic Yiddish newspapers and journals. The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick in the UK are jointly digitizing more than 1500 pages from Yiddish newspapers and journals. These papers are from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and were originally written for working-class Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

The project will translate publications such as The Ladies’ Garment Worker. The project is looking for volunteers to translate the documents from Yiddish to English. People can help by participating in the project. If you know Yiddish and would like to translate articles, simply register, go to a journal. and type a translation into a text box. Perfect translation aren’t necessary. There are instructions. You can also see a short video about getting started with editing. Everything will be made free online.

The project’s wiki is at http://transcribe.lib.warwick.ac.uk/yt/index.php/