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Since June of 2013, our community of "volunpeers" have collaboratively transcribed and reviewed over a million pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimen labels, and historic audio recordings - Get started now!

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Transcription Center Statistics

Total Pages 1,392,541
Transcribed Pages 1,390,408
Volunpeers 90,844

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