Transcription Volunteers Needed-Work While "Staying at Home"

05/19/2020 9:59 AM | Anonymous

As a digital stenographer you can reach into history and put your time in quarantine to good use.  Museums  and research libraries are looking for volunteers to transcribe documents.   The Smithsonian Institution increasingly relies on the general public to transcribe historical documents. The transcription project  at the Library of Congress also needs volunteers to work form home transcribing their papers.  There is something for everyone...Recipes from Rosa Parks. Diaries of suffragists. Walt Whitman’s poems. Slave letters. The papers of English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Depression-era menus. Whaling logs. Crop reports. Science-fiction fanzines. School yearbooks. The corporate files of Maidenform, the pioneering bra manufacturer.

It is easy.  Materials are uploaded to the Internet and as a volunteer you type what you read into a digital notepad.  Crowdsourcing the transcription of historical records is an efficient way for museums and research organizations to create an archive of online resources for scholars and history buffs. 

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Library of Congress

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