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Ticket to a championship boxing match between Joe Louis and Jim Braddock

Economic despair and widespread unemployment during the Great Depression lead many Americans to seek inspiration and hope in the world of sports. When boxer Joe Louis burst onto the scene in the mid-1930s he became a symbol of pride for African Americans. The 1937 fight between Joe Louis and James Braddock began an unprecedented winning streak by Louis that included a 12-year run as champion, defeating 25 challengers. Help us transcribe this ticket for the 1937 fight between Louis and Braddock for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.

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Uncle Sam Provides for Comfort of His Soldiers. Colored Troops En Route to France Taking Train Rest at Railway Division Point

The stereograph was the original virtual reality photograph. The two images, shown from two slightly different perspectives, take on a three-dimensional appearance when looking through a specially designed viewer called a stereoscope. Invented in 1838, the stereograph remained popular for over one hundred years, allowing viewers access to a wide variety of places that could not be seen in person. This includes the scene shown here, titled, (30) 19118 Uncle Sam Provides for Comfort of His Soldiers. Colored Troops En Route to France Taking Train Rest at Railway Division Point. Help us transcribe this stereograph and learn about troop movements during World War I.

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Wage book for the slave trading ship Fox captained by Robert Mitchell

This wage book details the voyage of the ship Fox, a 146-ton brigantine that left Liverpool on March 8, 1774. The Fox stopped first in the Cameroons, West Africa, where 148 African people were enslaved and brought aboard. The ship then crossed the Atlantic Ocean westward, landing in Dominica. Seventeen of the enslaved people died during the Atlantic crossing. After likely making other landings in the Caribbean to sell enslaved people, the ship returned to Liverpool, completing the trip on February 22, 1775. This book recorded wages and debts of the crew, desertions, and several deaths of crew members by drowning. There are also records of enslaved people who worked on the ship and were paid in clothing. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, Captain Robert Mitchell captained nine trans-Atlantic voyages from Liverpool between 1758 and 1774. This voyage was likely his last. Help us transcribe this wage book to learn more about the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the 18th century.

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Wedding scrapbook compiled by Lollaretta Pemberton

Lollaretta Elizabeth Pemberton (1895-1979) married Grover Joseph Allen (1889-1984) on July 10, 1939 in Marshall, Texas. The wedding was the talk of the town as it was featured in multiple local newspapers at the time. Ms. Pemberton, a graduate of Prairie View College and the Tuskegee Institute, was head of the Home Economics Department at Central High School in Marshall and Mr. Allen was a post-office employee. As with most brides, Miss Pemberton kept a scrapbook of “Wedding Memories” with all the particulars of her big day including, newspaper clippings of her dream wedding dress, the wedding invitation and a list of guests and their gifts. The scrapbook also details the bridal shower and honeymoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The wedding scrapbook offers invaluable information on weddings taking place during segregation in the South as well as highlighting African American migration. Immediately after the wedding and honeymoon, the couple moved to Chicago and later, in the 1940s to California. Lollaretta Pemberton Allen’s wedding gown, scrapbook, and photographs are featured in the inaugural exhibitions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With many fold-outs, handwritten entries, and newspaper clippings there is a lot to discover; help us transcribe the Wedding Scrapbook as part of the wedding season.

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What the Graduates of Lincoln Institute are Doing, 1906

Using photographs and biographies, this book highlights the achievements of some of the most notable graduates from Lincoln University in Missouri. Help us transcribe this book and learn more about the university’s earliest graduates.

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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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Wightman Cup Medal

In 1959, Althea Gibson’s autobiography “I Always Wanted to Be Somebody” hit the shelves. According to the NY Times Book Review, “you can read all about the girl from Harlem they call the Jackie Robinson of tennis. Her book is amazingly candid…The language is the language Althea uses, and the frankness with which she speaks of her life is not only refreshing but fascinating.” Gibson was one of the most formidable sportswomen of the mid-20th century. She was the number-one-ranked female tennis player in the world in 1957 and 1958, a two-time Wimbledon ladies singles champion, two-time U.S. Open ladies singles champion, winner of multiple doubles and mixed doubles tournaments, and a professional golfer. Gibson took to tennis as a teen and despite her skill was often prohibited from playing in elite tournaments because of her race. In 1950, lobbying by the American Tennis Association and former tennis player Alice Marble forced the U.S. Tennis Association’s hand and Gibson became the first African American to compete in the U.S. Nationals. Help us transcribe her 1957 Wightman Cup medal and several congratulatory telegrams so that we can learn how others described this fascinating woman in their own words.

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Wilberforce versus Tuskegee College Football Program

College football game day is an iconic part of American culture. Each team and its fan bases have their own set of traditions and events. This program from a 1944 game between Tuskegee Institute and Wilberforce University is not any different. Filled with photographs and fight songs. The program represents two of the early football powerhouses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Help us transcribe and get into the game day spirit.

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Wooden clapper from the Cotton Club promoting Ethel Waters

The Cotton Club was Harlem’s premier nightclub in the 1920s and 1930s. While the performers were black, the club only permitted white audiences. In 1933, singer Ethel Waters accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra introduced Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s song "Stormy Weather." Her rendition received rave reviews and prompted Irving Berlin to cast her in his musical revue, “As Thousands Cheer,” making her the first African American woman to receive top billing with her white co-stars on Broadway. Objects such as clappers and knockers were commonly found in nightclubs. They were used to make noise or acknowledge a great performance and could also be taken home as souvenirs from the evening.

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