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Charles Francis Hall Journal April 1862 to June 1862

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an arctic explorer? Wonder no more and join explorer Charles Francis Hall on his 1860 journey to the north, exploring western Greenland.

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North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Endorsements Sent, Vol. 3 (20), Mar. 4-Dec. 30, 1868

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 2: Endorsements Sent. 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.

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North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Letters Received, Entered in Register 1, J-R, Part 1

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.

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North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Registers of Letters Received, Name Index (4) to Register 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 3: Registers of 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.

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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting, January 25, 1977

Did you know that the Smithsonian’s beginnings were in Great Britain? James Smithson—the Smithsonian’s founding donor, who established the Institution in the 1800s—was a British citizen. Those “special bonds between the Institution and Great Britain” were part of the 1977 exhibition in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. Learn more about the exhibition, and connections to the Smithsonian abroad, in this set of minutes from the Board of Regents’ January 25, 1977 meeting. Then join in on transcribing this new look at Smithsonian history!

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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting, May 13, 1977

As we prepare for this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival, let’s take a look back at the festival’s planning forty years ago! What was the preparation like—from presentation logistics, down to including the work of museum curators? Get new insight into the planning behind the Folklife Festival with this collection of meeting minutes from the Smithsonian Board of Regents’ May 1977 meeting. Among other topics, the regents discussed fundraising and planning for the summer’s festival!

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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting, September 27, 1977

Today, you can find the Smithsonian on the Internet, on social media, and even the Smithsonian Channel! Forty years ago, the Smithsonian established the Office of Telecommunications as its own unit—what projects was the office responsible for? Learn more about how the Smithsonian communicated with the public in this set of minutes from the September 1977 Board of Regents meeting. Among other topics, they discussed the Office of Telecommunications’ work on television and radio.

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Scurlock Studio Session Register 1922-1927

Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, luminaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks' imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people. Learn how to transcribe these ledgers and how you'll pinpoint the latitude and longitude of the addresses in the process. Help the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History create more understanding of their practice by transcribing these ledgers which include client numbers and names arranged in broadly alphabetic order.

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USNM Curators Annual Report - Department of Mammals, 1885

What is it like to build a collection for a new museum? What is its role when targeted hunts are threatening populations of wolf and fox? This report filed by the Department of Mammals head curator just 8 years after the United States National Museum opened its doors explores these questions amidst more administrative details. Join other volunteers in transcribing this report and gain some insight into the state of animal affairs in the late 1880's.

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