Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/Nominations

Monthly Challenge


  • Each month, the Wikisource community selects a few texts to proofread and validate.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and helps introduce new users to Wikisource.
  • Wikisource seeks to make 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/2021-09, 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.

The North Carolina Historical ReviewEdit

  • Various, The North Carolina Historical Review, started in 1924, only Issue 1 is created thus far (transcription project) A still running publication that talks about different parts of NC history. Reboot01 (talk) 18:34, 3 June 2021 (UTC)[]
      Neutral It's short, but perhaps a little dry for non-NCers. Unless we have nothing else to fill in for US regional works, I'd be inclined to change the state (assuming we do E. NC Encyc., above. Though never any objections if there's appetite to actually proofread it. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 18:29, 10 June 2021 (UTC)[]

The Common ReaderEdit

  • Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader (transcription project). If we finish the To the Lighthouse, it might make sense to add another Virginia Woolf work. Celebrating the Public Domain, Women Writers. Languageseeker (talk) 12:30, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
      Support as a follow-on to Mrs. Dalloway. (FYI Lighthouse isn't PD until 2023, according to the author page). Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 13:16, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Sir Gawain and the Green KnightEdit

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (ed., with E. V. Gordon, 1925) (transcription project) Might be hard because of the Middle English characters, but it is the first major Tolkien work in the PD. Languageseeker (talk) 20:17, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    It might be too late, there is a contributor here who thinks it a better tale by Tolkien :) CYGNIS INSIGNIS 18:43, 14 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    I don't understand what this means? Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:01, 14 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    I continue my opposition to this nomination, on the grounds of formatting (of a similar difficulty to the York Shakespeare editions) and the great use of Middle English text and letters. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 20:13, 14 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @TE(æ)A,ea.: I see your point. Do you think the new Old English toolbar that Inductiveload would help? Languageseeker (talk) 01:04, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    • I am not aware of it, but I don’t think so. If there were only a few foreign characters in the entire work—or a line or two of Greek interspersed—that would not be too prohibitive. However, there are many of the Old/Middle English characters on these pages, and I believe that such a quantity (and on so many and such a large proportion of pages) makes this work ill suited for efforts by multiple people. I would not necessarily be opposed to the inclusion of this work for this project (as opposed to the other proofreading project), but I believe that the proofreading would only work if one person, with a knowledge of and patience for using the characters, proofread the entirety of the poem proper, with a collaborative effort for proofreading the preceding introduction and the succeeding notes. I think that a similar problem exists as to the creation of images, especially in a work where there are many images, such as July’s When We Were Very Young. (While a collaborative effort could proofread the text, it would be better if one person created all of the images.) I believe the two situations to be thus analogous. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 02:56, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @TE(æ)A,ea.: Points very well articulated and I agree. This is probably left to a more experienced user. Languageseeker (talk) 11:14, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Manufacture Of SodaEdit

  • Index:Manufacture Of Soda by Hou Te-Pang.pdf (1923). Chemistry, China. A book by Chinese chemist Hou Te-Pang/Hou Debang who described his Hou's process, an improvement on the existsing Solvay process on sodium carbonate production. I concur with Inductiveload's view that we have little text about China here, and the book's large amount of images, tables and technical challenges (like the chemistry equations inside the book) also makes collaboration helpful.廣九直通車 (talk) 13:35, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    The images in this scan are awful. Is there any other source available? If not, I must oppose, because those images are effectively useless in their current condition. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 14:17, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]

South Carolina Legislative ManualEdit

  • South Carolina Legislative Manual (1917) (transcription project) — There are many legislative manuals for South Carolina with scans. Most if not all of them are in the public domain. The 1917 manual is the earliest available one of them all. Having a pre-1926 state government work would be nice. Also, since this is a pretty long text in terms of formatting etc., it will get done faster if it's a collaboration. It will also set the standard for future SC Legislative Manual transcription projects, making them a bit easier to format by example of this one. PseudoSkull (talk) 18:31, 27 June 2021 (UTC)[]

A Selection of Cases on the Sales of Personal PropertyEdit

  • A Selection of Cases on the Sales of Personal Property (1872) (external scan) by Christopher Columbus Langdell — a pretty lengthy resource on older case law (just over 1000 pages long. For those interested in US legal history and constant italicizing when editing. I'd love to see works like this be finished. PseudoSkull (talk) 22:19, 6 July 2021 (UTC)[]

A History and Genealogy of the Gookin Family of England, Ireland, and America (1984)Edit

Fixed. PseudoSkull (talk) 04:10, 13 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889-1918 (1919)Edit

Petition from the Citizens of Massachusetts in Support of Woman SuffrageEdit

  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:29, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Index:A father's legacy to his daughters - Gregory - 1808.djvuEdit

No strong topic for this nomination. An easy work, with little text per page, and with a few images. (We’re low on nominations, I hear.) Also, the first work of this guy on Wikisource. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:23, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Index:The Book of the Duke of True Lovers - 1908.djvuEdit

First work of this author, too. A mediaeval woman, which is probably the more valuable. A few images. Not too much text/page, really, especially with the good OCR. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:23, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

  Support, hits several good points: women authors, mediaeval texts, first of author. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 18:45, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:00, 31 August 2021 (UTC) (Promoted for September.)[]

Works of J. W. GoetheEdit

A few to toss into the ringEdit

MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:51, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Support Kwaidan: Seems an easy, short work. The Roman History is a series, which should be proposed separately. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:56, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • These are all excellent suggestions, the first and last might inspire some contributions. CYGNIS INSIGNIS 08:47, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Thanks @MarkLSteadman. I have split them out so we can handle them separately (allow to archive on a work-by-work basis). Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC) (Please use the separate sections below.)[]

Index:London - The People of the Abyss.djvuEdit

Found this one which would really benefit from having the photos added to our unsourced version which is currently incomplete. MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:51, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Index:Footsteps of Dr. Johnson.djvuEdit

Has been on the POTM list of nominations not actioned on for ages. MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:51, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Index:Kwaidan; Stories and Studies of Strange Things - Hearn - 1904.djvuEdit

Ghost stories about Japan. MarkLSteadman (talk) 23:51, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Support Kwaidan: Seems an easy, short work. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:56, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  •   Support — good partner to Shen of the Sea. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:00, 31 August 2021 (UTC) (Promoted for September.)[]

The Siege of LondonEdit

Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842, and 1843Edit

Index:Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842, and 1843 - Volume 1.djvu. By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Women author. --Stamlou (talk) 16:40, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]

  Support, also travel, and we've completed What I Saw in America and will lose A Passage to India to expiry. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 17:00, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. Yes, this looks nice. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 18:29, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:00, 31 August 2021 (UTC) (Promoted for September.)[]


Index:Shirley (1849 Volume 1).djvu Charlotte Bronte, 1849. Female author; in addition, Jane Eyre did well when it was featured a few months back, so this could provide another popular option for October. --BaldwinLife (talk) 20:56, 5 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Second. Amazing work. Languageseeker (talk) 22:38, 6 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Highlights from this years PD DayEdit

It would be nice to do these highlights of the material that entered in the PD in 2021.

  1. Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (transcription project)
  2. Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy (transcription volumes: 1, 2)
  3. Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves (transcription project)
  4. W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil (transcription project)
  5. Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction (transcription project)

Of these five, my vote would be for In Our Time. --BaldwinLife (talk) 02:18, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]

The Lost Legion by Rudyard KiplingEdit

A short, eight-page story about how the British went into Afghanistan and got decimated. Languageseeker (talk) 16:04, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]


With the success of the current Mary Shelley work, I think it would make sense to run Valperga: or, The life and adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca. It's about 1/3 proofread already. Languageseeker (talk) 00:47, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

A Gallery of ChildrenEdit

Tossing in A Gallery of Children by A.A. Milne. It's a short collection of stories for children which came into the PD this year. Shouldn't be too hard. Languageseeker (talk) 04:18, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Traditions of PalestineEdit

Edited by Harriet Martineau, 1830. Google books. Women authors. --Stamlou (talk) 21:04, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Support, Index created at Index:Traditions of Palestine (microform) (IA traditionsofpale00martrich).pdf Languageseeker (talk) 21:11, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

In Our TimeEdit


May 2021Edit

  • Sprint 2:
    • I suggest Science: we have Nature and Enquiry into Plants, which I think is enough to be getting on with. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 10:12, 4 May 2021 (UTC)[]

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.

October 2021Edit

  • Series to be continued:
    • Carlyle
    • First Folio
    • Orley Farm
    • HG Wells
    • Philippines
    • US Treaty Series
  • 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 Yale ShakespeareEdit

Gadshill edition of DickensEdit

  • The Works of Charles Dickens (Gadshill Edition). Collected works by the greatest novelist. Ratte (talk) 11:22, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
      Neutral; support in principle, but we do have quite a lot of Dickens already so a lot of the collection will be duplication. @Languageseeker: you seem to have a handle on the value of various Dickens editions: do you think we'd be better served with a "complete works of" collection like this or targetting a list of individual editions to fill the gaps at Author:Charles Dickens? Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 12:03, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    we do have quite a lot of Dickens already — you mean, not scan-backed like Our Mutual Friend or Barnaby Rudge? Ratte (talk) 12:08, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    The majority of Dickens are not scan backed. The Charles Dickens editions (from which this edition takes it plates) is the last edition revised by Dickens himself. However, the general consensus is that the quality of the printing declined throughout the editions because the printers introduced more errors than Dickens did corrections. I think it would make more sense to start with either the first editions or the serials. For me, the serials would provide a new and unique way of putting Dickens online. They're also exceedingly rare, so having them here would be quite a feather in our cap. Languageseeker (talk) 12:30, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    According to The Cambridge bibliography of English literature [1] [2] Gadshill Edition is the fullest standard and authorised edition of Dickens' works. It also contains all the original illustrations with many additional ones. Ratte (talk) 12:48, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @Ratte: Obviously I don't include non-scan-backed works, but some Dickens is scan backed. I don't have a handle on how much, but it seems a shame to use MC effort to duplicate editions. Just a thought that a hand-picked list of editions might be a better list to work from that a collection, even if the collection is convenient. Also, I am vaguely aware that Dickens editions are not all created equal. If Gadshill is the edition to use, then great, but I still suggest picking the "fresh" volumes rather than just starting at 1 and grinding though all 34 volumes regardless of if that work is adding new material to WS. Certainly we can loop back and fill in gaps as a follow-up, but I'd rather see a new blue link on another author than spend the effort on re-proofreading a work we already have. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 13:13, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @Ratte: I'm not sure that the entire Gadshill Edition would make sense. Dickens died before it was produced and it seems to a combination of the Charles Dickens edition that Dickens revised in 1867/1868 and another edition. For Dickens, there is no definitive edition before the Clarendon Dickens which are in copyright. The Clarendon and Norton editors agree that the first edition/serial version are the best and I would start with those. Maybe, we can do the serial of The Pickwick Papers. Languageseeker (talk) 20:11, 13 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    According to The Cambridge bibliography of English literature [3] [4] Gadshill Edition is the fullest standard and authorised edition of Dickens' works. It also contains all the original illustrations with many additional ones. Ratte (talk) 10:17, 14 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    that is persuasive to me, with grudging respect to Lang for compiling illustrations [which reduces the desirability of creating another edition for those, again, for me] CYGNIS INSIGNIS 18:28, 14 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @Ratte: I think I would like to see individual volumes rather than the entire series. I understand what the Cambridge source says. Yes, Gadshill is the most complete edition published by the publishing house that held the copyrights to his works, but I don't think that it was the result of careful curation of the existing material. Rather, Chapman probably used the sterotype plates for some of the works and reset others to make some money off a deceased author. At best, Gadshill is a combination of editions. I'd rather proofread an edition that Dickens directly contributed to. From the Gadshill, maybe we can do volumes 35 and 36 that Cambridge identifies as being unique to this edition? Languageseeker (talk) 00:43, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    "I don't think", "rather", "probably"... All I can see that you refuse to include a good source to MC because of contrived excuse. I had a better opinion about this project. PS. Scans of vols 35 and 36 are not available at the moment. Ratte (talk) 10:59, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    @Ratte:   Oppose I'm sorry that you feel that way. I care deeply about this project and I am trying to support most proposals and be polite which is why I used such language. To be clear, the Gadshill Edition is the most complete edition, but it is not the best edition. It's best described as an attempt by the publishers to make a pile of money off one of their most important assents. The Clarendon Dickens, the standard of the field does not use them. Instead, they base their editions on mainly first editions. For David Copperfield, they used the 1850 printing; for Dombey and Son, it is the 1848 text; for Great Expectations, it is the 1861 text; for Dombey and Son, it is the 1857 text; etc. Nobody uses the Gadshill editions anymore and they sell for next to nothing. I would love to have more Dickens, but I'm against this particular edition. In general, I'm opposed to the idea of adding a long-term series that would run for several years for something that is at best a mere reprint. Languageseeker (talk) 11:13, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    Note: there is no requirement that we have to use a single collection as source material for an ongoing MC "series" - we can pick from multiple different editions as we please (and go in any order). It's my understanding (from Languageseeker) that Dickens is somewhat unique among authors in that there are many posthumous editions and there is some feeling that the works he personally "authorized" while living are in some sense superior to some later editions. For me, personally, I don't really care which edition of each work we use — I'm more concerned with avoiding blindly chunking away at thousands of pages of books that we already have equivalently-useful scan-backed editions of (e.g. Index:Nicholas Nickleby.djvu, 3 vols of Index:Oliver Twist (1838) vol. 2.djvu, Index:Christmascarol1843.djvu, etc. I'd only really support use of MC slots for different editions of the same works if the editions are substantially interesting in their own right.
    I do not attach much special attention to completing collections like Gadshill just because we can if the effort required to do so is mostly reduplicative for the average reader. Anyone extremely interested in the typographical minutiæ should probably be looking at scans anyway. If there were no other works left in the world, then sure, but the work to do is functionally infinite, so we should act accordingly. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 18:17, 15 June 2021 (UTC)[]

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)[]

United States Treaty SeriesEdit

  • Index:Lltreaties-ustbv001.pdf and following volumes.
  • We're losing two series for September and have nothing lined up to replace them. This was suggested off-wiki by @User:MSG17. While it's a bit US-centric, it covers a good chunk of time compared to, say, UNTS, which only started in 1947 (because the UN itself start then). Also, because the documents are bi/multilateral, this provides a fair spread across other countries, even if the US is a common factor.
  • Note that we're on a short timer for September, so if you have objections, make it quick, please! Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:53, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    • Thanks for nominating the series! I would also like to add that we can use these to replace a bunch of non scan-backed versions of treaties, particularly versions which might have a dubious copyright situation. One example is First Geneva Convention (1864), where I used the US government translation to replace one from a 1988 book (which was rehosted on the Red Cross' website). MSG17 (talk) 21:01, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
      • Also, there is a text layer embedded into the text (courtesy of the Library of Congress, I assume) so that would make things a bit easier. MSG17 (talk) 21:47, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • I would have opposed this (owing to its length), but if we can count on your efforts, MSG17, I support it. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:07, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • I agree about replacing a bunch of the treaties with scan-backed varieties, having the US and England is naturally going to be a focus as this is English-language wikisource and providing primary sources for those two countries will dominate much of the historical time period. One issue with the UN series is the number and size of treaties has expanded immensely so it will be a lot more work so it will end up being much more interest driven rather than comprehensive. As an aside, I uploaded Wheaton's two books on international law, maybe we want to start a section under Wikiproject:Law around international law, treaties etc. MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:40, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • I'm going to promote this, since we need a series to replace Jules Verne and Ruskin and at least this one is a different tack (not-author-centric), divided into separate chunks, global in scope and allows scan-backing of various paste-dumps and we have at least one user who is directly interested.
  This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 19:16, 31 August 2021 (UTC) (Promoted in September)[]

Sherlock HolmesEdit

I've been thinking about using the Long-Term Series to plumb the depths of the amazing literature that is locked away in periodicals. Instead of focusing on proofreading an entire periodical, I think it makes more sense to run a long-term series to focus on either a particular text or series of texts that were originally published in periodicals. To start and figure out the mechanics of this, I'm proposing running Sherlock Holmes as a long-term series. There are 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories and each one is around 15 pages long. So, it would easy to proofread one story. A major feature of the original periodical versions is the inclusion of illustrations that were largely omitted from the collections. Furthermore, I propose that we add a new story once the previous one is proofread rather than once a month. Languageseeker (talk) 02:15, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Languageseeker:   Support I agree. We need a list of the periodical issues in question so we can setup the scans and auxiliary structures.
Re "instant-rollover", that's pretty much what we do already (when we're paying attention) - the next part of a series is brought in as soon as the previous one gets proofread. There is a status override in the config to allow us to mark an index "proofread" if we have proofread the bits we care about, as opposed to the whole index. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:05, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Inductiveload: Great! I'm starting to upload the scans of The Strand and trying to figure out the best way to highlight the stories. At the Index for the first volume Index:The Strand Magazine (Volume 2).djvu, I've labeled the pages with SH1, SH2, .., SH6. However, they seem buried in the overall pagelist. Would it be possible to do a subpage list that would be above the full page list so that it would be easier for users to see what needs to be proofread. Something like <sublist "A Scandal in Bohemia" 62to76> <pagelist>?
@TE(æ)A,ea.: Thank you for digging this up! This saves from having to find this particular scan. My idea is to start with the first short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" and then work up to the end. There is one or two stories that are copyright until 2023, but the majority are/will be in the PD. The series will create a scan-backed version of all the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared in periodical with the accompanying illustrations. Languageseeker (talk) 02:46, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Languageseeker: I have created a pagelist as an example for The Strand, vol. 2. As for the idea, it seems good; but there should be some way to subdivide the volumes for enumeration purposes on the MC-side of things. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 12:04, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • @TE(æ)A,ea.: Thank you so much! That is absolutely perfect. It's exactly what I was hoping for. As for enumeration, I might just move the pagelist for the stories not featured yet to a temporary page in my user profile and then move them back once the previous story gets proofread. Not automated, but it'll work. Languageseeker (talk) 00:26, 10 September 2021 (UTC)[]

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)