Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/Nominations

Monthly Challenge


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.

Suggest nominations below. When successful, the works can be added to a monthly data table (e.g. Module:Monthly Challenge/data/2023-06, or a future month) and they will be included in the relevant months' challenges.

2021 nominationsEdit

  • 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)Edit

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[reply]

ShakespeareFan00's Adventures listEdit

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[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[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[reply]

2022 NominationsEdit

The Black TulipEdit

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

Maybe, but I don't have time for it. 11:29, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Would December be a better month? Languageseeker (talk) 12:37, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Holidays 13:31, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, let me know when you would like me to run it. Languageseeker (talk) 15:22, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Progress and PovertyEdit

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[reply]

non-English worksEdit

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[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[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[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[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[reply]

Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireEdit

  • Index:Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire vol 1 (1897).djvu - we have only volume I of this seminal work. It would make another good long-term work. Note that there are multiple possible editions, but we have none of them. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:42, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @EncycloPetey: I believe this is an important work. Sure, we can definitely try the first volume; there are not many pages left to proofread. (The Appendix. Hmm, not really sure how I would format these braces...) I'll add the first volume for April. After that, I guess we just have to see how the work progresses. --Tylopous (talk) 18:52, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

John Locke - EssayEdit

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[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[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:
  • How to handle the fact that the new index page links to our old, non-scan-backed version?
  • How best to indicate that the djvu contains two separate works (also Essay of the Conduct of Understanding)? --Tylopous (talk) 12:33, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[reply]
Added vol 1 of 1823 edition for April ..Tylopous (talk) 18:01, 30 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Fortunes of Perkin WarbeckEdit

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[reply]

Ancient Classics for the English ReaderEdit

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[reply]

  Support in general. Unsure if we should start in May or June.Tylopous (talk) 16:47, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[reply]
Good choice! Languageseeker (talk) 02:55, 29 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[reply]
  Plato has been started. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Modern Library 100 Best NonfictionEdit

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[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[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[reply]

Jose RizalEdit

Famous author from the Philippines. Either of his two novels in translation would be good candidates: The Social Contract (transcription project) or The Reign of Greed [[6]]. MarkLSteadman (talk) 15:41, 13 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Support very good proposal in my opinion.--Tylopous (talk) 16:05, 13 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Support Ciridae (talk) 05:19, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Support Let's run them both. Index page for The Reign of Greed now exists. Languageseeker (talk) 13:44, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:A color notation (Munsell).djvu & Index:Atlas of the Munsell color system.djvuEdit

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[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[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 [7] on Wikipedia.)--Tylopous (talk) 05:25, 23 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dewey Decimal Classification systemEdit

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

Jan 6 Committee materialsEdit

Should be easy but the transcripts have no OCR layer. Current affairs, clearly notable. MER-C (talk) 19:17, 22 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@MER-C Absolutely! Languageseeker (talk) 18:35, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I started uploading the interviews here: c:Category:Depositions of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack. MER-C (talk) 11:42, 30 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
All 271 depositions uploaded. MER-C (talk) 10:01, 1 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2023 nominationsEdit

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismEdit

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

Big SurEdit

  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. 16:38, 1 June 2023 (UTC)

A famous novel by Jack Kerouac, which has escaped copyright; a scan is available here. It’s not particularly long, either, being only 200 pages long. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 22:38, 8 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@TE(æ)A,ea. Added it in for February. Languageseeker (talk) 15:34, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Proofread and transcluded. MER-C (talk) 16:38, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[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[reply]

@Seperation Added for April. Thanks for the nomination. Languageseeker (talk) 01:22, 22 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Sacred TreeEdit

Being the second part of The Tale of Genji: the work of Waley, again. The last volume was recently finished. See (external scan). TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 21:51, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Introduction to ArithmeticEdit

Introduction to Arithmetic by Nicomachus of Gerasa

Nicomachus' "Introduction to Arithmetic", translated by Martin Luther D'Ooge at

Bulandshahr: Or, Sketches of an Indian District: Social, Historical and ArchitecturalEdit

  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. 16:29, 1 June 2023 (UTC)

I would like to work on: Bulandshahr- Or, Sketches of an Indian District- Social, Historical and Architectural.djvu. Author: Frederic Salmon Growse. Year:1884. Publisher: Medical Hall Press. Can it be included in Montly Challenge because it is interesting. This version came from Internet Archive and some pages do not follow. Google pdf version is better. Can this pdf version be substituted for the djvu file on Commons. --Stamlou (talk) 16:22, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proofread and transcluded. MER-C (talk) 16:29, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Fielding - Sex and the Love Life.pdfEdit

No work by this author yet, just entered the public domain. Yann (talk) 19:11, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is this author significant? I've never heard of him and WP has nothing but a list of publications, with no context or importance for the works. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:34, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
n.b. We do have a work by this author: Homo-Sexual Life. It had been proofread but never transcluded. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:51, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, thanks. It was in the list of requested works. Yann (talk) 10:12, 6 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1927).djvuEdit

Something different, just entered the public domain, no work by this author (notable translator). Yann (talk) 19:17, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Russell - An outline of philosophy.pdfEdit

Notable work, just entered the public domain. Yann (talk) 19:19, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Gide - The Counterfeiters.pdfEdit

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[reply]

Index:Rolland - Beethoven, tr. Hull, 1927.pdfEdit

Something about music by another French Nobel Literature laureate, just entered the public domain. Yann (talk) 19:23, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Dostoevsky - The Gambler and Other Stories, Collected Edition, 1914.djvuEdit

Russian, we don’t have this notable work on WS yet. Yann (talk) 20:20, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Brinkley - Japan - Volume 7.djvuEdit

This series was dropped almost at completion, and I think it would be nice to finish it. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 19:56, 12 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Nostradamus (1961).djvuEdit

Our current copy of Nostradamus (1961) is a single-page copy-paste, but we have a scan available now. Some people are passionate about this subject, and might turn this one out quickly. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:14, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

w:History of Rome (Mommsen)Edit

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

Jeeves StoriesEdit

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[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[reply]

Index:The Innocents Abroad (1869).pdfEdit

It would be nice to scan back this travel book by Mark Twain and include the illustrations. Per WP: "the best-selling of Twain's works during his lifetime, as well as one of the best-selling travel books of all time." MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:00, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Contending ForcesEdit

This debut novel by the African American writer Pauline Hopkins is available from the loc (external scan). MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:38, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Ballantyne--The Coral Island.djvuEdit

This is one of the most popular of the "boys stranded on a remote island" noels, and was the one that furnished the setting and character names for Lord of the Flies. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:55, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Chronological Table of the Statutes (United Kingdom)(1972).pdfEdit

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[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[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[reply]

Works by Donald Grant MitchellEdit

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[reply]

Staging for future monthsEdit

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 2022Edit

  • 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:

Long-Term SeriesEdit

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 NominationsEdit

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

Current Long-Term SeriesEdit

  • Shakespeare's First Folio
  • Orley Farm
  • The Works of H.G. Wells (Atlantic Edition)
  • The Works of Thomas Carlyle (Centenary Edition)
  • The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 (ed. Blair and Robertson)