Portuguese Handwriting 16th-19th c.

Hervé Baudry, Marize Helena de Campos , Natália Casagrande Salvador, Leonor Dias Garcia, Jorge Ferreira Paulo, Susana Tavares Pedro, Pereira Maria Olinda Alves, Suzana Maria de Souza Santos Severs, Margarida Dias da Silva, Mário Soares, Carla Vieira

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This is a generic model created in the framework of the TraPrInq Project (01.2022 to 07.2023) funded by the FCT (Portuguese Agency for Scientific Research), by a Luso-Brazilian team of paleographers. This HTR-model is based on the trial records of the Portuguese Inquisition produced between 1536 (some documents even before) and 1821. It contains a careful transcription of 6226 pages (Validation Set: 505 p; Training Set: 5721 p) extracted from 830 processes, mainly by the Lisbon court, with a total of 1268040 words (VS: 107760 words; TS: 1160280).
Digitized files can be found on the search portal of the Portuguese National Archive (Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, Lisbon). The model proved its efficacy with documents from non-inquisitorial areas.
The transcription reproduces the spelling of words and abbreviations, uses special characters for baseline abbreviation signs and a single COMBINING MACRON for all superscript abbreviation signs, and modernises word separation.
Original languageEnglish
TypeHTR Model for automatic transcription
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2023


  • HTR Model
  • Digital Palaeography


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