Tagging protocol

When Graduate Assistants have double-proofed and published the transcription, they agree on the tags that can enhance intellectual access to the documents.  These are chosen from the tags listed below. [Please note: By project start, each tag will be accompanied by a definition, justification, and, if necessary, footnoted to ease selection. These will be prepared by the Director of Research and Analysis.] All questions or requests to add new tags referred to Director of Research and Analysis. Once this process is complete, GA’s remove temporary "untranscribed" tag.   

Like annotation, tagging is intended to provide context for the documents, to "supply what’s missing." Context (1) guides editors in providing accurate transcription, (2) allows readers to fully understand the document and how it fits into the scholarship on the period, and (3) helps readers to see connections between individual documents.

AME Church

Andersonville Prison

antebellum

antebellum ad

army hospital

army substitute

Attorney

Baptist

Baptist Church

changed name

Civil War

Civil War pensions

Civil War veterans

Colored Masons

Colored Orphan Asylum

Colored Orphan Home

Confederate Army

Confederate Congress

courtship

custody

debt

desertions (Civil War)

desertions (spousal)

disabled

disappearance

discharged

divorce

doctors (African American)

dowry

draft

dying wish

emigration

escaped

escaped from prison

estate

estate division

estate settlement

forced migration

found

fraternal groups

free people of color (antebellum)

free people of color (during the civil war)

Freedmen's Aid Commission

Freedmen's Bureau

freedom suits

freed

Freemasons

heirs

hired out

inheritance

inter-racial marriage

jail

John Brown's Raid

kidnapping

left with Union Army

literacy

manumission

mariners

Masonic Lodge

master died

Mexican American War

ministers

missing persons

missionary

Mississippi River

Native Americans

northern slavery

orphans

Orphans' Home

passing

physical description

Prisoner of War

probate

property

Railroad

railroad worker

raised by kin

Reconstruction

refugees

remarried

reward

sailor

searching for owner

self-purchase

slave trade

slave traders

speculators

steamboats

stolen

suicide

U.S. Army

U.S. Colored Cavalry

U.S. Colored Infantry

U.S. Colored Troops

U.S. Navy

U.S.C.T. Widows

Underground Railroad

white father

white newspaper

*untranscribed