Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/Nominations

Monthly Challenge

2024

Welcome to the Monthly Challenge!

  • Each month, the challenge aims to proofread and validate several texts.
  • It provides a safe space for new users to learn about Wikisource.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and makes free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.

Shortcut:
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Suggest nominations below. When successful, the works can be added to a monthly data table (e.g. Module:Monthly Challenge/data/2024-06, or a future month) and they will be included in the relevant months' challenges.

2021 nominations

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  • Add nominations at the end of this section via this link
  • For each nomination, please provide an author, title, publication date, link to the index and the reason why the work should be featured.
    • If you cannot create an index (and you are strongly urged to do so before nominating), please leave a full citation. Remember, Wikisource only allows works in the Public Domain in the USA.
  • Please create a separate section for each work nominated. This allows easier discussion and archiving of each nomination.
  • Re-nominations of previously stalled works is allowed if you think they will get renewed interest. There is a list here.

Dio's Roman History (series)

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Index:Dio's Roman History, tr. Cary - Volume 1.djvu These volumes have been on here for ages as well.

  • Oppose (temporarily) I'd like to figure out how we expect to handle parallel texts before we add any more of them. The last dual Greek/English text fizzled and St. Augustine's Soliloquies is a current parallel text (Old English/Latin). We can just proofread the English, certainly, but that really feels like a mistreatment of the work as published to me.
If promoting anyway, we'll need to choose 2 from this, USTS and Goethe, I think). Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ShakespeareFan00's Adventures list

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ShakespeareFan00 compiled a list of important adventure novels that need to be worked through. I'm adding it here to formally nominate them to be run one at a time. Languageseeker (talk) 00:22, 29 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  Support dripping these in over time, but we should only have one or two "active" (i.e. being proofread) at a time, IMO. Obviously no limit on number pending validation. Related: can we think of any new-PD-entrants in this genre for PD day? Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 18:15, 3 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Short update: We've made good progress in the Tarzan series. As far as I can see, after Tarzan the Untamed, only Tarzan the Terrible remains to be proofread of those of the Tarzan books currently in the public domain. I've gone ahead and started what will hopefully become a new series of proofread works, by adding Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery for April.--Tylopous (talk) 07:16, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

2022 Nominations

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check the copyright and upload it to Wikimedia Commons

Progress And Poverty

  • DLI scans tend to be very poor: If the Modern Library edition is much better than the contemporary with publication 19th century editions (e.g. [[1]]) or the 25th Anniversary edition ([[2]]) or the 1929 50th anniversary edition as published by the Schalkenbach foundation [[3]], you can find the Modern Library 1938 edition also on Hathi [[4]]. MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:18, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

non-English works

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Suggestions for future months to increase diversity:

I encourage one or two of these to be included each month (or similar selections) to ensure that not all our works are by US/UK authors, or are all US/UK literature. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:40, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@EncycloPetey:   Support Diversity as regards countries of origin. But note that we can also achieve this in part by including works written in English by authors from, for example, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada. (We already have a Canadian work next month.)
From your list, my personal pick for next month would be Quo Vadis.--Tylopous (talk) 18:21, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Indeed, and we can even consider Welsh, Irish, First Nations and and African-American authors as diversity, even if the books are from the US or the UK. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:31, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Three suggestions:
1. There might be especial interest in The Triology works as they deal with Ukrainian-Polish history, e.g. Internet Archive identifier: withfireandswor00curtgoog.
2. For South Africa we might think about the works of Olive Schreiner e.g. The Story of an African Farm, Woman and Labour, Dreams etc.
3. We had the works of Rumi last year but dropped it due to it not being out of copyright then. (transcription project)
MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:12, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Very interesting proposals, thank you! I was not aware of Sienkiewicz's Trilogy. So let's put in Quo Vadis for April, which is as far as I know better known to English-speaking readers, and let's keep the Trilogy in mind.
This subsection is fast becoming a very useful source of information, which we can keep using for quite some months to come. Thank you all!--Tylopous (talk) 06:16, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

John Locke - Essay

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And one of the most important philosophical works, which is not yet scan-backed: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Internet Archive identifier: essayconcerning00lock. I'm not sure whether we have the complete work or not; it is very long. But the edition I've pointed to is a single volume and has very simple formatting. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:57, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@EncycloPetey: Undecided on this. Page 38 of the IA scan doesn't look like easy formatting to me. Also I was not able to determine how our version is related to the contents of the IA scan.
The IA scan contains An Essay Concerning Human Understanding+Essay of the Conduct of Understanding. Looks like our current version without scan is a full version of the first Essay, and that the page of the IA scan I mentioned is really an exception.--Tylopous (talk) 19:14, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@EncycloPetey: I uploaded the djvu file from the IA source you linked to. It's the first index page I created; any comments or suggestions are welcome. For instance:
For the first question, we usually add {{migrate to}} on the old copy if we plan to replace the old copy with the new one. But this is a work that might have more then one edition, so I would have the title in the Index point to a new title, like "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1853)". We can then turn the old copy into a redirect once the new copy is complete.
For the second question, we handle it just like any other volume that has more than one work: list it in the contents. We have many volumes here that are collections of short stories, collections of poems, or that contain anthologies by more then one author. There is no need to do anything unusual, but just link as we always do. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:13, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Note that there is also the 1695 3rd Internet Archive identifier: b30323873 and 1700 4th Internet Archive identifier: essayconcernin00lockuoft 4th on IA as well. The 5th edition (1706) is available from the ONB (external scan). If we want the first 1690 edition, it is in EEBO and I can see about getting a scan of that... MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:38, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I looked at the 3rd edition earlier today and considered it as an alternative. But it contains more difficult formatting (sidenotes) and long s. I agree that the 1st edition could be valuable to have, also the 3rd. But if our aim is to get one version proofread completely, then the version mentioned by EncycloPetey is perhaps really the best to work with.--Tylopous (talk) 21:03, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If you want a modern orthography edition, an option might be the version in the 1823 complete works which appears to be the standard collection of Locke until the recent Clarendon editions? Internet Archive identifier: workslock01lock Internet Archive identifier: works02lock Internet Archive identifier: works03lock. It's quite a long work and if we do want to proof additional works picking a complete works set might be a good idea and avoid the reproofing the work later when doing so. Mentioning it both to think carefully about which version we want and also to collect them together for setting up the versions page. MarkLSteadman (talk) 22:15, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
There are really many options, and I'm still undecided. I looked at the IA scan of vol.1 of the 1823, and it contains torn pages, see [5].
Project Gutenberg appears to have used the 1690 version, but with simplified layout (?)--Tylopous (talk) 06:57, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The torn page is some errata on the TOC or addition added later on very weak paper: (you can see a little more in that HathiTrust version (external scan)) so it doesn't affect the main text. MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:19, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The 1823 complete works edition would be good to have. I can work on uploading volumes from IA some time this week.--Tylopous (talk) 06:22, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Update: I have uploaded 9 of 10 volumes. Couldn't find vol 9 on IA.-- Tylopous (talk) 08:21, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Added vol 1 of 1823 edition for April ..Tylopous (talk) 18:01, 30 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
FYI, there is only one volume. The four "books" are sections within the single volume. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:23, 9 November 2023 (UTC)[reply]

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

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Once The Last Man is completed, the next volume for Shelley should be The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck Languageseeker (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Listed for August 2023. MER-C 10:06, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Ancient Classics for the English Reader

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I’d like to nominate this series of historical biographies published by William Blackwood & Sons. There are twelve books in the series, and seven of them are already proofread (some are even validated). The others listed below:

It would be good to have these remaining 5 books completed too. Ciridae (talk) 12:59, 27 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  Support in general. Unsure if we should start in May or June.Tylopous (talk) 16:47, 27 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Tylopous: If May is not already completely full, it would be good if one of these are included. I suggest Caesar or Aristotle. Otherwise, I'm fine with waiting for June. Ciridae (talk) 04:41, 28 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Ciridae: I added The Commentaries of Caesar for May. The works in this series apparently tend to be quite short.--Tylopous (talk) 18:18, 28 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Good choice! Languageseeker (talk) 02:55, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It looks like there are more books in the series if people are interested in continuing after Odyssey. Plato IA, Tacitus IA, Lucian IA, and Horace IA are all available on IA. MarkLSteadman (talk) 02:09, 20 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  Plato has been started. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 3 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Files already uploaded. MER-C (talk) 15:59, 24 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Additional volumes on Hathi:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 16:37, 24 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Xenophon can be found at Index:Xenophon by Alexander Grant.djvu Ciridae (talk) 05:34, 3 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Pending works in the series:

Ciridae (talk) 09:23, 9 October 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction

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The w:en:Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction list might be a good source for selections. It is a compilation by Modern Library of the 100 best nonfiction works of the 20th century. Some will not be eligible for inclusion because they are still under copyright, but the list would provide additional variety to our selections, in which works of fiction tend to dominate. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:08, 30 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@EncycloPetey: Thank you. Yes, it's good to have a pool of nonfiction works to choose from. Other ideas I once had for nonfiction were: (1) A series of works under the heading "Investigative Journalism" (2) A chronological series of biographies of U.S. Presidents.--Tylopous (talk) 06:06, 1 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@EncycloPetey, @Tylopous: I've also found this website very helpful when selecting books. It aggregates some of the lists and then separates them by year. If you look closely, you can see that May's MC draws heavily on this list. In any case, I think that the Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction is definitely something that we should target. As always, I hope that scan-backing these "important" books will help more users discover this site. Languageseeker (talk) 01:38, 2 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

These together represent the basis of a color notation system that's still widely used in some applications. Alongside transcription of the book text, A semi-expert will be needed to convert the color charts over to SVG with appropriate tones, based on the information in the work. Munsell's Book of Color was published in 1929 or so , so we have to wait a few years for that to become available. It would of course be nice if someone could come up with some semi-automated conversions for the color shades/tones (to some form of standardised sRGB or related). ( Seem to recall seeing some Python code, which could presumably be converted to Lua as needed?) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:34, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

If there is interest there is also a document apparently produced by the NBS(NIST) which gave CIE values for some of the Munusell color shades. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:35, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@ShakespeareFan00: I think it really depends on whether we have an expert on svg creation + color notation + programming. I see that on the index talk of the color atlas there is a useful link to a page with some python script. (The page says the script is from Wikipedia and it links to this article [6] on Wikipedia.)--Tylopous (talk) 05:25, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Dewey Decimal Classification system

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Melvil Due’s namesake “Dewey Decimal” system was started in an 1876 pamphlet: some formatting required, but definitely a valuable addition.

2023 nominations

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A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books

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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber—Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.166.156.15 (talk) 01:25, 14 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]

See Index:The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.djvu 02:08, 14 January 2023 (UTC)unsigned comment by Languageseeker (talk) .
Please, Add it for April
This has been listed already twice. MER-C 10:15, 24 September 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Been here for 3 years with no work on it until now. It isn't transcluded yet. Seperation (talk) 05:00, 8 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]

@Seperation Added for April. Thanks for the nomination. Languageseeker (talk) 01:22, 22 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Note: Currently listed as a Collab work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 21 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Notable French work by a Nobel Literature laureate, no work by this author yet, just entered the public domain. Yann (talk) 19:22, 5 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Note: Currently listed as a Collab work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 21 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Listed for May 2023. MER-C (talk) 18:41, 25 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Jeeves Stories

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Similar to how we had Doyle's short stories in the Strand for a while, we could do Jeeves. either starting with Extricating Young Gussie (pg. 61) and Leave it to Jeeves (pg. 568) or the ones that entered the public domain recently The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy (pg. 366) and Jeeves and the Impending Doom (pg. 601). It's also possible to do a book version, e.g. Index:Carry On, Jeeves.pdf. MarkLSteadman (talk) 22:53, 16 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Works by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain in the UK, but works by Wodehouse are not. That makes it tricky for UK editors, who would technically be violating their nation's laws to transcribe works for the internet. It's fine for US editors though. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:10, 21 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

This is the most recent version that has an expired crown copyright. It's also looking like it will be signficantly easier to format then the 1877 or 1950 versions that were started previously. It's essentially data entry/table rebuilding, but if entered has immense potential to help build a dataset for Wikipedia/Wikidata for tracking repeals of British legislation upto 1971. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 09:43, 20 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

This will be an extremely complicated work to have in the Monthly Challenge. It will require advanced specialist knowledge to format. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:08, 21 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]
I appreciate that, but I am still suggesting it for the contributors that were interested. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:12, 24 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

My Neighbours

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Listed for September 2023. MER-C 10:04, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Works by Donald Grant Mitchell

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We have recently deleted (or will soon delete) the copydump works of Author:Donald Grant Mitchell. His works were popular in 19th-century America (see the WP article; Emily Dickinson loved one of his books). We have scans set up for two of his best-known works, but the Calendar does not have a place to fit them. I nominate them here to fill any month where a suitable work cannot be found:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 03:19, 15 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Reveries of a Bachelor listed in May 2023. MER-C 18:45, 25 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Dream Life listed for October 2023. MER-C 10:15, 24 September 2023 (UTC)[reply]

This work has sat unfinished for several years. It's only tricky part is that the book uses end notes instead of footnotes at the bottom of the page, so the editoe needs to go to another page to grab the note. However. the Notes section of the book is fully proofread, so they can be easily grabbed and inserted. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:51, 9 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Or {{authority reference}} can be used. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:44, 16 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]
That would be far more complicated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:56, 16 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Vivian Grey

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This is the first novel (published in 5 volumes over 2 years) by Benjamin Disraeli, who would later go on to become British Prime Minister twice. I don’t think we have any of his novels completed and scan-backed. This novel may have influenced Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I have uploaded the files to Commons: (Commons file (multiple parts): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Ciridae (talk) 11:29, 12 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

The scan of vol 1 is faulty. MER-C 18:37, 29 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]
File should be fixed now. Please have a look. Ciridae (talk) 10:42, 24 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Listed for September 2023. MER-C 10:04, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

This was nominated for PotM by MarkLSteadman; I am adding it here as a significant collection of documents that might generate interest. We've not attempted a work like this for the PotM or MC that I can recall. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:47, 22 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

In general, I think it is a good idea to have a continuous amount of things like documents / treaties etc. in our pipeline. The Philippine Islands had a fair amount, we had a transcript of the Scopes trial etc., but rotating across various areas, here religion, seems like a reasonable idea. In addition, this work is in desperate need of a quality upgrade, so replacing it with a proofread copy would also be fantastic in that regard. MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:57, 23 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Listed for September 2023. MER-C 11:02, 19 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

2024 nominations

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Public Domain Day 2024

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Kindly suggest works here that enter the public domain in 2024. I have some nominations.

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence.
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie.
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne.

Ciridae (talk) 13:49, 8 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

I've added Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Mystery of the Blue Train for January 2024.
I've also found a copy of Orlando and created the Index - Orlando by Virginia Woolf.djvu‎, but the Frontispiece is missing (as per the list of Illustrations), and I've not been able to track it down yet. Any help would be appreciated. Ciridae (talk) 06:44, 3 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This version has the frontispiece: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001776241 Bloated Dummy (talk) 01:13, 1 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Just realized that link wasn't specific enough... this version: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/dul1.ark:/13960/t4fn6fv29 Bloated Dummy (talk) 01:24, 1 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This information should be posted to the Scan Lab for repairs. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:53, 1 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I'd like us to get through some of the works that we've had lying around half-finished for many years; this is one of them. Arcorann (talk) 11:18, 24 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

@Arcorann: added for January 2024. MER-C 19:40, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Blue Trousers

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The next volume in Waley’s translation of Genji monogatari. It was published in 1928, and so will enter the public domain (for sure) next year. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 17:39, 31 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

How and what to grow in a kitchen garden of one acre

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I see that this is an 1888 publication. Have files been uploaded to Commons? --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:45, 2 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, both are uploaded to commons but which one to choose for nomination? 82.167.156.101 22:55, 2 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I would flip through the files (page by page) at IA, and see that all pages are in the scan and all are scanned properly. It's possible one (or both) of the scans is missing a page or is damaged. Then pick the one with the cleaner scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:34, 2 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, how about this book?
Index:How and what to grow in a kitchen garden of one acre (IA howwhattogrowin00darl).pdf 82.167.156.101 00:48, 3 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The Family Kitchen Gardener

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Can you upload this audio?

Moni the Goat-Boy

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  Done

Goethe's theory of colours

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For the next mouth Index:Self-help with illustrations of conduct and perseverance (IA selfhelpwithillu00smiliala).pdf by Samuel Smiles

Added for January 2024. MER-C 19:09, 11 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Can you upload this audio?
https://librivox.org/self-help-by-samuel-smiles/ 82.167.165.101 03:19, 13 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  •   Comment This work has a table of contents, but in place of that table, a user-created Auxilliary table was inserted. This will need to be replaced with the actual table of contents from the scan, in order to conform to Wikisource standards. I have let the editor know, and they reverted me. I have therefore marked the work as requiring cleanup. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:03, 13 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
      Done 86.60.40.58 11:00, 27 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Ancient Records of Egypt

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While this series would be challenging because of the tables and dotted letters, the five volumes contain academic translations of ancient Egyptian texts, and might attract a crowd to work on transcription.

--EncycloPetey (talk) 22:43, 6 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Propaganda

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From here, newly public-domain in 2024 and featured by HathiTrust; only 159 pp. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 18:56, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

This is a novella by Tolstoy, whose works are popular for editors here. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:52, 12 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Will add as Index:Complete Works of Count Tolstoy - 18.djvu. MER-C 11:17, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Added for February 2024. MER-C 17:23, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Another work I found half-finished. Also, relates to a popular author. Arcorann (talk) 06:02, 28 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Added for February 2024. MER-C 17:36, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

This was started a few years ago, but the project's main user seems to have left Wikisource in 2022. As I am interested in helping to transcribe the post-Baum books, which had resumed entering public domain in 2019, I would like to nominate this one. This is also the first novel done by Ruth Plumly Thompson, she actually ended up writing more Oz books than Baum did. In her initial run thru 1939 she wrote 19 books, and later in the 1970s she wrote two more books, totaling to 21. If there is interest in this then we might be able to work on her follow-ups through The Giant Horse of Oz which just entered the public domain this year.--SDudley (talk) 04:01, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Added for February 2024. MER-C 17:37, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! SDudley (talk) 17:41, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@MER-CHi. Would we be able to move this, and the later entries by Thompson, to the long-running series nomination? I think it would work better there than in the monthly challenge. And it would allow for an easier continuity of transcribing the series since new entries will enter public domain each year for the next 10 years. SDudley (talk) 16:24, 26 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Done. MER-C 17:21, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Biography by her niece along with her letters. It was partially started and it would be nice to get it over the line. MarkLSteadman (talk) 05:18, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

After London

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[[7]] Victorian ecological dystopia by a noted nature writer Richard Jefferies, pre-dates Wells's Time Machine so it would complement our selection of science fiction / utopian writings. MarkLSteadman (talk) 05:26, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Since Amelia Earhart is currently in the news, I have added this 1928 Requested Text to the February Challenge. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:23, 2 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Listed and proofread, but not yet validated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:36, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Recommending for March. This work by Sa'di needs massive cleanup, and a scan is now up and ready. The illustrations have been done. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:46, 17 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Listed, and about 60% proofread. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:36, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Survey of US and Canadian poets and poetry at the start of the 20th century. For several authors, this will be the work we have about them and their poetry. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:50, 18 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Our copy of Augustus (Shuckburgh) failed WS:PD, but is a valuable work. The subject is likely to be popular, and the author is a woman. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:30, 20 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

As usual, it's another work that's been lying around incomplete for years. Also complements Wells's Outline of History. Arcorann (talk) 12:58, 23 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I'd like to nominate this for inclusiong starting in March 2024. The work was kindly purchased and uploaded by User:TE(æ)A,ea. and I am planning to read it.--SDudley (talk) 16:27, 26 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Done Fully validated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:02, 8 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The Cabinet Manual

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A PDF scan exists here.

Sons of Africa

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Notes upon Russia

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Volume 1, Volume 2. Again, lying around for years unfinished. Arcorann (talk) 13:21, 25 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Pulitzer Prize winning novel for 1921, by Booth Tarkington. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:01, 8 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Winner of a 1919 Pulitzer Special Citation for Poetry. Our current copy is copy-pasted and badly organized, and could use scan-backing and a complete restructuring. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:26, 11 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Done Fully validated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:35, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Anyone up for this? MER-C 18:11, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


It's crazy that we don't have a full version of the Qur'an, which is arguably the second-most popular book in the world (see wikipedia:List of best-selling books for an explanation). This is a bit unusual for a work in that it uses two indices instead of one, namely Index:Sacred Books of the East - Volume 6.djvu and Index:Sacred Books of the East - Volume 9.djvu, but this can be easily fixed by listing them separately. Duckmather (talk) 02:41, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

It's our only scan-backed edition of it. It's now as good as I can make it, but it still needs validation. (Though it is large and it will take a while) — Alien333 (what I did & why I did it wrong) 17:11, 31 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Alien333 Funny you should type this request. I had planned to quietly add Anna Karenina to next/this month's MC (depending on your time zone), and hopefully avoid any noise for a validation request for the MC being raised. Had you only waited a few more hours... For context, and for whatever reason(s), there had been minor longstanding disagreements about whether validate only texts have a place in the MC (longstanding relative to the MC's history). To avoid the seeming-commonplace and seeming-endless discussions/proposals (about seemingly everything), I had opted for a quieter approach last month, and so long as I didn't add the wrong work, figured no one would raise a fuss if I continued the trend. Hopefully that will still be the case, if/when I add a couple more validate only texts to next/this month's MC. We'll see what happens, and thanks for all your contributions on this index thus far. TeysaKarlov (talk) 20:01, 31 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Microscopical Researches Into the Accordance in the Structure and Growth of Animals and Plant

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This is one of the most important texts in the history of biology, where Theodor Schwann inaugurates the Cell Theory. I've been working on it for a while; it is my first WikiSource contribution, so I am still learning all the details. But I think, nevertheless, that it is in good shape for community help.

The translation contains two books: the Microscopical Researchers, by Schwann, and Contributions to Phytogenesis, by Schleiden.

TiagoLubiana (talk) 01:33, 5 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Staging for future months

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This is the staging area for the next challenge. Works are added to this list based on nominations, current long-term series or filling in missing topics. This list is not "official", it's just designed to make it easier to set up the data table for the next challenge more easily. Nominate works above. Remove works from this list if the nomination fails.

January 2022

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  • Works:
  • Shorts:
  • Series to be continued:
    • First Folio
    • Orley Farm
    • HG Wells
    • Philippines
    • US Treaty Series
    • Shirley
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Middlemarch
  • Series to be continued, but may be stalling:
  • Series to be discontinued
  • New series:

June 2024

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Long term planning, but as June is typically Pride month, can we have a focus on works with LGBT authors or themes? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:49, 2 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

What do you mean by a "focus"? We haven't had a monthly focus in MC. That's something that more often happens with FT or PotM. But in any event, we'd need a list of suitable works, and we don't have that. If you have works in mind, I'd just as soon see them as part of the regular rotation, rather than limit them to just one month, or wait a year to put them up. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:26, 4 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Long-Term Series

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This space is reserved for nominations of a long-term series consisting of multiple volumes of an author's work usually referred to with titles such as "The Complete Works of X" or an encyclopedic work. Such nominations require serious consideration because they will require many years of work. Therefore, the edition proposed should be a definitive edition that does not constitute mere reprints and would make a substantial contribution to Wikisource.

Long-Term Nominations

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The Works of Voltaire -- 43 volumes, definitive edition, all are on IA and 7 have been uploaded to Commons so far; all 7 still have pages to proofread, and more volumes can easily be added if/when desired

Transactions of the Linnean Society of London -- 30 volumes, all of them are also on IA and 22 have been uploaded to Commons, all 22 have pages to proofread and validate and there are many additional works that are related like the second and third series which each have multiple works as well. Seperation (talk) 23:29, 15 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Notable and authoritative work. Save for June. MER-C (talk) 18:18, 16 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Cambridge Histories

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Notable and authoritative work. Storing for later months. See w:The Cambridge Modern History. MER-C (talk) 11:04, 3 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Added works. MER-C (talk) 19:43, 28 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Arthur H. Clark Company series

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Another Arthur H. Clark Company series, possibly to continue on from Historic Highways of America. MER-C (talk) 14:31, 18 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Found another. MER-C (talk) 18:40, 21 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

This is a multi-volume translation of a world literature classic that needs a kick to get it going. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:04, 1 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Volume 3 has had the most progress. Someone ought to check and/or fix its formatting, then apply the result to the start of Volume 1 to set the pattern for the set. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:54, 3 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Notable and multiply banned series (see Wikipedia article) that needs to scan-backed. MER-C (talk) 18:41, 3 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Long series that needs to be scan-backed in part. MER-C 18:56, 25 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Grabbing stuff from Category:Incomplete texts. Notable editor, obviously notable author. MER-C 18:20, 29 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Notable editors, notable author. Some progress on this series already. MER-C 18:20, 29 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Some more incomplete texts. 50 volume series. MER-C 10:39, 26 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Oriental Series

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We finished Japan, and are currently running China. There are additional volumes in this series, e.g. Korea IA, Manchuria IA, the Phillippines IA, Siam IA, Burma IA, Afghanistan IA, India IA, Persia IA. I am not sure whether we want to continue or not, but just wanted to mention in case there is interest in continuing. MarkLSteadman (talk) 05:34, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The Complete Works of Henry George

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I hear George's principles are being reexamined in the current economic climate, so we probably should have some more of his works up. 10 volume series (volume 1 here). Arcorann (talk) 12:14, 29 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Current Long-Term Series

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The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (current: Index:The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 (Volume 10).djvu): 16.1% complete
January 6 interviews (current: Index:CTRL0000034610 - Deposition of Keith Kellogg, Jr., (Dec. 14, 2021).pdf): 4.1% complete
Japan and China, Their History, Arts, and Literature (current: Index:Brinkley - China - Volume 1.djvu): 66.7% complete
The Works of H. G. Wells (Atlantic Edition) (current: Index:The Works of H G Wells Volume 11.pdf): 32.1% complete
Works of Jules Verne (current: Index:Works of Jules Verne - Parke - Vol 3.djvu): 40% complete
History of Woman Suffrage (current: Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 6.djvu): 83.3% complete
Ancient Classics for English Readers (current: Index:Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius.djvu): 67.9% complete
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books (current: Index:The Violet Fairy Book.djvu): 58.3% complete
The Collected Edition of Fyodor Dostoevsky (current: Index:Dostoyevsky - The Eternal Husband and Other Stories, Collected Edition, 1917.djvu): 14.3% complete
Titles in the Oz series by Ruth Plumly Thompson (current: Index:The Royal Book of Oz.djvu): 0% complete
Early Western Travels (next: Index:Early western travels, 1748-1846 (1907 Volume 2).djvu): 3.2% complete

Completed Long-Term Series

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Queued Long-Term Series

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The Works of Thomas Carlyle (next: Index:Works of Thomas Carlyle - Volume 05.djvu): 16.7% complete
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (next: File:Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire vol 2 (1896).djvu): 14.3% complete
The Works of Voltaire (next: Index:Works of Voltaire Volume 01.djvu): 0% complete
A Complete Course in Dressmaking (next: Index:A complete course in dressmaking, (Vol. 7, Coats) (IA completecoursein07cono).pdf): 58.3% complete
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (next: Index:Chaucer - Complete works (Skeat Volume 1).djvu): 0% complete
The World's Famous Orations (next: Index:The World's Famous Orations Volume 3.pdf): 30% complete
The Works of John Ruskin (next: Index:The works of John Ruskin (IA worksofjohnruski01rusk).pdf): 0% complete
The Complete Works of Count Tolstoy (next: Index:Complete Works of Count Tolstoy - 09.djvu): 3.6% complete
The History of Rome (next: Index:The history of Rome. Translated with the author's sanction and additions.djvu): 0% complete
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (next: Index:Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Volume 1 (1791).djvu): 0% complete
The Cambridge Modern History (next: Index:Cambridge Modern History Volume 1.djvu): 0% complete
The Cambridge History of English Literature (next: File:The Cambridge history of English literature (IA cambridgehistory01wardrich).pdf): 0% complete
The Cambridge History of American Literature (next: Index:The Cambridge History of American Literature, v1.djvu): 0% complete
Foreign Classics for English Readers (next: Index:Dante (Oliphant).djvu): 5.6% complete
The Mahabharata (current: Index:The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa (1884).djvu): 0% complete
The Works of John Locke (1823) (next: Index:The Works of John Locke - 1823 - vol 01.djvu): 0% complete