Browse Projects

next

72% Complete

117 Total Pages 24 Contributing Members

Alexander Wetmore - Arkansas and Texas, 1917-1918 : To investigate damage done by birds

What can I do to protect these crops? In 1917, farmers in southern Texas had already been through two dry seasons, impacting their rice harvests. Species like the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) were making a further dent in the farmers' fields. They reached out to the United States Department of Agriculture and its Bureau of Biological Survey. Ornithologist Alexander Wetmore was sent to investigate and determine how the farmers might best address this threat in a environmentally-responsible way. Team up with other volunpeers to transcribe Wetmore's account of his investigations in Texas, and later Arkansas. Discover the scope of the problem and what were considered to be acceptable solutions at the beginning of the 20th century.

Go

95% Complete

46 Total Pages 14 Contributing Members

Alexander Wetmore - North Carolina, 1917: To Investigate Damage to Farm Crops

How much harm could a mourning dove do to a farmer's crops? in June 1917, naturalist Alexander Wetmore was sent to investigate claims that these birds were doing exactly that in response to a complaint from Mr. J. F. Hunter in North Carolina. The materials begin with a small notebook where Wetmore recorded his trip expenses, then proceeds with a thorough report of his observation and conclusions. Join us to transcribe this material and learn how the United States Department of Agriculture worked with farmers at a time when the nation was beginning to send troops into World War I.

Go

13% Complete

114 Total Pages 14 Contributing Members

Alexander Wetmore - Western United States, 1918: Breeding waterfowl, field diaries

Following his time in southern Texas and Arkansas, ornithologist Alexander Wetmore moves on to spend four months, from late spring to the very end of summer, observing waterfowl breeding in the southwestern United States. Nonetheless, the contentious relationship between migrating birds and farmers through out the Southwest continues to crop up in his notes. This field diary includes wonderfully detailed descriptions and sketches of birds' mating rituals that Wetmore observed interspersed with terse notes about the farmers. One "wants government to send in soldiers to kill off ducks." Another farmer wants the privilege of doing it himself. This field diary proves to be a real transcription challenge because Wetmore's penciled notes are in some places both faint and smudged. Are you up to it? Join other stalwart #volunpeers in this effort.

Go

4% Complete

25 Total Pages 7 Contributing Members

An Outline of Resurrection City as Used

In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference launched the Poor People’s Campaign, a national, multiethnic movement for economic justice, security, and opportunity for every American. During the Campaign, participants built a tent city, known as Resurrection City, on the 16-acre site between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument along the National Mall. John Wiebenson, a professor of architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park, led the committee that helped campaign organizers negotiate land, design the encampment, and build housing units for protesters. Published in English, French, and German, this original manuscript by Wiebenson, “An Outline of Resurrection City as Used,” explains the philosophies behind Resurrection City’s design and construction.

Go

97% Complete

99 Total Pages 62 Contributing Members

Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records, Membership dues record book, 1874-1898

The Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records document the activities of a mutual aid society in Bladensburg, Maryland from 1874-1978. There are membership applications, sick certificates, wills, minutes, and membership dues record books. Chaplain Capt. Henry Vinton Plummer (1844-1906) established the burial society in 1870 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, Maryland, a church founded by his sister Sarah Miranda Plummer on October 19, 1866. Help us transcribe this collection to learn more about the financial and other assistance it provided to members in the community.

Go

84% Complete

32 Total Pages 32 Contributing Members

Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records, Membership dues record book, 1876-1898

The Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records document the activities of a mutual aid society in Bladensburg, Maryland from 1874-1978. There are membership applications, sick certificates, wills, minutes, and membership dues record books. Chaplain Capt. Henry Vinton Plummer (1844-1906) established the burial society in 1870 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, Maryland, a church founded by his sister Sarah Miranda Plummer on October 19, 1866. Help us transcribe this collection to learn more about the financial and other assistance it provided to members in the community.

Go

95% Complete

83 Total Pages 41 Contributing Members

Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records, Membership dues Record Book, 1885-1912

The Bladensburg Union Burial Association Records document the activities of a mutual aid society in Bladensburg, Maryland from 1874-1978. There are membership applications, sick certificates, wills, minutes, and membership dues record books. Chaplain Capt. Henry Vinton Plummer (1844-1906) established the burial society in 1870 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, Maryland, a church founded by his sister Sarah Miranda Plummer on October 19, 1866. Help us transcribe this collection to learn more about the financial and other assistance it provided to members in the community.

Go

96% Complete

187 Total Pages 61 Contributing Members

E. D. Moore: Receipts, September 1907-February 1911

Want an adventure, help us in transcribing Ernst R. Moore’s papers. Moore worked as an ivory trader employed by Arnold, Cheney & Co., ivory importers of New York City, serving as the firm's agent in Aden, Mombasa, and Zanzibar from 1907 to 1911. In his work, Moore negotiated the purchase of tons of elephant tusks from the Arab traders who brought them from the interior of Africa, and made several trips into the interior himself. Over the course of his four years abroad, Moore is credited as the largest purchaser of Ivory in Africa at the time. He also served briefly as U.S. Consul at Zanzibar in 1911. While in Africa, Moore came in contact with the famous as well as the infamous; ranging from President Teddy Roosevelt when part of the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, to the notorious slave trader and raider Tippu Tib and American poacher, King James. You can help us in transcribing these wonderful papers, while at the same time following Moore’s adventures.

Go

80% Complete

521 Total Pages 108 Contributing Members

Joseph D. Mountain - Log Books, Military and Civilian, 1943-1945

This collection follows Joseph Mountain's aviation career as a U.S. Air Service pilot, aerial surveyor, photographer, and writer. It includes photographic negatives and prints, diaries and flight log books, reports, and maps. Mountain's photographs from his service in Saudi Arabia, taken not long before the great oil discoveries at Dammam in 1938, capture the desert kingdom at the very edge of the tremendous changes that the oil economy brought to the Gulf. Mountain also extensively photographed members of the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) team at work and interacting with their Saudi workers and acquaintances. Help us transcribe his documents and images which are a fascinating record of traditional Saudi Arabian life, crafts, and architecture. Highlights include portraits of dancers at Eid al-Fitr celebrations, market scenes in Hufuf and the Old Town of Al Jubail, camel caravans, Saudi hunters with their hawks, and pearl fishermen and their dhows.

Go

95% Complete

271 Total Pages 31 Contributing Members

North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Letters Received, Entered in Register 3, A-P, Part 2

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 4: Letters Received. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in North Carolina during the Reconstruction Era. Have questions about how to transcribe tables in these documents? View special directions here.

Go

Pages