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Theater Poster for Lovers of Bourbon, 1856

Ira Aldridge, a legend of the stage, was one of the most celebrated thespians of the nineteenth century. This theater poster features Aldridge as one of the stars in the 1856 production of Lovers of Bourbon. Transcribe the advertisement for this romantic melodrama to learn more about Aldridge’s performance.

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Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, circa 1880-circa 1970

Help us transcribe postcards & holiday greeting cards as part of our #TCGreetings campaign! This collection consists of postcards gathered by Dr. Victor A. Blenkle, a twentieth century physician. The postcards primarily concern geographical locations and landmarks in the United States and Western Europe, but also include materials from six other continents.

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What is Deaf Folklore?; Deaf Theater: Kaleidoscope JUN 27 1981

The 1981 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrated the skills and traditions of a cultural minority who, despite their large numbers, frequently pass unnoticed: deaf and hard of hearing Americans. In recognition of the International Year of Disabled Persons, deaf participants performed "signlore," told stories emerging from Deaf culture (often with a capital D), and discussed life and experiences growing up deaf. They taught workshops on American Sign Language, displayed homemade devices to substitute for alarm clocks and doorbells, and demonstrated standardized technology such as a TTY, a machine that allows deaf people to make phone calls. Deaf visitors were invited to share jokes, riddles, stories, or puns on videotape with Smithsonian researchers. These recordings were only recently preserved and previously were inaccessible due to their advanced age and format obsolescence. Transcription of their content will provide access- for the first time - to those hard of hearing, and increase our understanding of the history of accessibility in the United States. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. If you can identify the speakers, please do so using the format {SPEAKER NAME= "____" } if you cannot identify the speakers, please simply indicate when a different individual is speaking by inserting the "Speaker 1," "Speaker 2," etc. tags. For more information about the programs in these recordings, please look at the audio log sheets describing the content and speakers at each presentation.

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Whitney M. Young Jr. award received by Norma Merrick Sklarek

Explore the connection between activism and architecture by transcribing this Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. In 1968, Young (1921 - 1971) delivered the keynote speech at the American Institute of Architects annual convention. The speech challenged the field to engage with social issues. Architect Norma Sklarek (1926 - 2012) received this award for her career of dedicated service as the “Rosa Parks of Architecture.” Sklarek was a pioneering African American architect and one of the first licensed female architects in the country.

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Wiener Farbenkabinet - Manual on Preparation of Colors, 1794

One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens, along with details on how to apply them to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials. Published in 1794 by Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schönfeld, this manual reveals an extraordinary system of calibrated, named and numerated colors. This multi-volume guidebook is a valuable resource for conservators and anyone interested in color materials, techniques and applications. Printed in German Blackletter typeface Fraktur dating to the early sixteenth century, it is not machine-readable and requires transcription. A key provided in the page linked here will assist transcribers in identifying the appropriate Roman alphabet letters. To explore the fully digitized collection, visit here. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries digitally sponsored this book. To find out more information about this book and many others please visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Information System.

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Women's History at the Archives of American Art

Celebrate the history of women artists and art historians by exploring and transcribing archival collections from the Archives of American Art. Through diaries, notebooks, essays, and correspondence, learn about the life and careers of painters, sculptors, writers, critics, art historians, and other creative women who made their mark on American history.
During the month of April, we're featuring documents from the papers of Abstract Expressionist painter Lee Krasner (1908-1984), who worked for New Deal government art programs, including the Federal Art Project.

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Yamada Diary

Help us transcribe this WWII Japanese diary. At the end of World War II, an unknown United States Marine brought home several Japanese-language items. These items were subsequently sold and the purchaser's son later donated them to the National Air and Space Museum. In 2003 and 2004, Museum volunteers, Mr. Koji Hayama and Mr. Tom Momiyama, translated parts of the material and they believe that they were created by a Mr. Yamada, who was probably part of an aircraft ground crew with occasional flight duties, and served in Manchuria, Korea, Burma, and the Philippines. Transcriptions of this diary will help National Air and Space Museum curators as they begin research for new exhibits. Please note that this diary is written in Japanese, and requires access to a Japanese keyboard, and basic knowledge of the language, for transcription. NASM staff are also interested in any translations that can be provided of the diary's contents. Please separate any translations by including them below the transcriptions for each page, and by indicating the translation with brackets. For example: [[translation]] text here [[/translation]]. Please reach out with any questions.

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, "Civilization Besieged: The Artist's Role in War," circa 1942

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer based in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi came to the United States in 1906 and over the next several years studied art in California and New York at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. Help transcibe Kuniyoshi's papers to learn more about his life, his art career, and the Japanese-Amercian experience in the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: Some material in this collection is in Japanese, Chinese, or other non-English languages. Please transcribe all content in the language it was originally written in.

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, "Looking Back and Forward," 1951

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer based in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi came to the United States in 1906 and over the next several years studied art in California and New York at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. Help transcibe Kuniyoshi's papers to learn more about his life, his art career, and the Japanese-Amercian experience in the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: Some material in this collection is in Japanese, Chinese, or other non-English languages. Please transcribe all content in the language it was originally written in.

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, Artist Statements, 1944-1950

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer based in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi came to the United States in 1906 and over the next several years studied art in California and New York at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. Help transcibe Kuniyoshi's papers to learn more about his life, his art career, and the Japanese-Amercian experience in the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: Some material in this collection is in Japanese, Chinese, or other non-English languages. Please transcribe all content in the language it was originally written in.

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