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Program from the first Los Angeles Rams home game

This souvenir program for a 1946 Los Angeles Rams preseason charity game against the Washington Redskins marks the first appearance of the Rams in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The program contains a message from the Los Angeles Times publisher and charity president, a message from the team publicist, a roster with player descriptions and two-tone portraits, and numerous advertisements for companies both extant and defunct. On Sunday, September 10, 2017, seventy-one years later, the Los Angeles Rams return to the Coliseum. Help transcribe this program to get in the spirit of the game.

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Program from the NOMA Second Annual Conference

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is professional organization for architects. NOMA is dedicated to promoting diversity and community in the architectural field. This program is from the early days of the association in 1973. The conference focused on how minorities could identify problems and provide solutions to create a better environment. Transcribe this conference program to learn about the efforts of minority architects.

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Promotional and Souvenir Program autographed by Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was not only a world famous mezzo-soprano and symbol of justice. Learn more about Anderson's family life and philanthropy by transcribing a program for one of her performances that includes an article about Anderson's relationship with her mother and information about her career and scholarship awards.

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Rouzee Family Papers

This collection of financial papers relate to the plantation operations of several generations of the Rouzee Family in Essex County, Virginia. The papers date from the 1790s through 1860.

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Season ticket for the St. Louis Browns baseball team

African Americans have had a complicated relationship with baseball, the “national pastime.” This long history has been characterized by exclusion, innovation, the creation of all-black institutions, struggle, and pioneering successes. The Negro Leagues created opportunities for African Americans to play the game professionally in a segregated nation, but many also looked to the sport as a place where the civil rights cause could be advanced. In 1947 Major League Baseball was integrated when Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, one of the most significant events in the history of African American sport. In 1947, the St. Louis Browns became the third team to integrate Major League Baseball when they signed Hank Thompson. Help us transcribe this broadside and learn more about the role of African Americans in the history of American baseball.

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Shearer Summer Theater Collection

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. In the 1980s, White completed her first film, a presentation of Othello. Help us transcribe this program from a screening of Liz White’s presentation of Othello at Howard University.

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Slavery and Freedom

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of an exhibition? Here is your chance to contribute to Slavery and Freedom, one of the inaugural exhibitions of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, that National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Slavery and Freedom exhibition explores the founding of the nation through the lens of the African American experience from the development of the Atlantic world in the 15th century up through the Reconstruction Acts following the Civil War. Please join us in transcribing these documents to help uncover the stories of enslaved persons and their resilience, resistance, courage and faith.

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Some Glimpses of Alabama State

Have you ever wondered what college was like in the 1930s? Take a look at the photos and text in this 1937 Alabama State yearbook and help us transcribe the pages to find out.

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Song sheet for Voulez-vous de la Canne à Sucre? performed by Josephine Baker

"Voulez-vous de la Canne à Sucre?," which translates to “Do You Want Sugarcane?,” was performed by Josephine Baker in the 1930s. The 1930 piece was written by Léo Lelièvre and Henri Varna with music by Paddy. Entirely in French, the song was first performed in the Casino de Paris. Help us transcribe the cover of this song sheet to discover the music of the 1930s.

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Soul City Portfolio

Soul City, North Carolina is a planned community initiated by Floyd McKissick with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1969. He envisioned a town that would offer African American families affordable housing, jobs and healthcare. The town was partially constructed but never finished. This portfolio details residential, industrial, commercial and business plans for the town.

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