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James Brown Guitar

This Epiphone guitar owned by James Brown is signed on all four sides and features messages of praise, thanks, and birthday wishes by notable people including Casey Kasem and Ozzy Osbourne. Transcription of the messages and signatures on Brown’s guitar will help Museum staff update their records with a list of all of the artists that signed the guitar and will allow interested researchers to more easily locate information about this iconic artist. We hope you enjoy transcribing this object and we can’t wait to find out who else left messages for James Brown! Please indicate basic location information- ex. [front, top], [right side, bottom], etc. Don’t worry if messages are duplicated in the photos. Transcribe what you will see and we will clean it up on our end! Example: Front, Top: Howie H More than music to the man (Mr. James Brown) Happy B and many more!

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James Brown Live!

At age 72, James Brown performed in concert at the Yun Feng Theater in Shanghai. This is the first time that NMAAHC is posting a foreign language object to be transcribed and we hope you can help us! Please transcribe the Chinese characters as they appear on the poster, and if you’re able to translate, feel free to do so in the notes field of the project pages.

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John Freeman Shorter's Diary

“Spent the morning and afternoon at Church and heard two fine sermons. A Report received that Charleston and Columbia had been captured and the left wing of Shermans Army was within 25 miles of Richmond.” So wrote Lieutenant John Freeman Shorter (1842-1865) on February 19, 1865. Shorter raised as a freeman in Washington, D.C., joined the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in 1863 and became a fully commissioned officer. His diary details the experiences of a civil war soldier from January 1, 1865 to September 30, 1865. Helps us transcribe the rest of his diary and discover what life was like for an African American soldier during the Civil War.

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Journal of Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Help us transcribe conference rolls, observations, and recommendations from the Journal of Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was established in 1821, when African American members of the congregation of John Street Methodist Church in Harlem, New York, left due to racial segregation. Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass were both members of the A.M.E. Zion Church, which served as a place of refuge on the Underground Railroad. Today, the church operates multiple churches, two junior colleges, and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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Les Collégiens 1945

The 1945 Stowe Teachers College yearbook, Les Collégiens, highlights the students, faculty, and achievements of the graduating class of 1945. Help us transcribe this yearbook to learn more about the philosophy of the institution, the individual classes at Stowe, and the many types of activities students were involved in.

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Letter and envelope from Paul Williams to Harold Williams

Learn about the relationship between two renowned architects, Harold L. Williams (1924 - 2015) and Paul R. Williams (1894 - 1980), through this letter. Both were influential architects who based their careers out of Southern California. Paul served as a mentor to Harold and worked to promote a strong community of African American architects, as seen in this correspondence.

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Letter from Anacostia Museum to Norma Merrick Sklarek

This letter is from the Anacostia Museum to architect Norma Sklarek (1926 - 2012). Sklarek was a pioneering African American architect and one of the first licensed female architects in the country. The Anacostia Museum had an exhibit titled “Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds.” The museum expressed an interest in including Sklarek and the history of female architects in the exhibition. Learn more about this untold story by transcribing this letter.

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Letter from DL Chandler to Norma Merrick Sklarek

Help us transcribe this letter from student DL Chandler to Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012). When the letter was written, Chandler was an architecture student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching a potential dissertation topic, “Architectural History of Black America,” for a PhD thesis. Sklarek was a pioneering African American architect and one of the first licensed female architects in the country.

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Letter to Althea Gibson from Sheila Ann Hessler

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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Letter to Margaret Martin Wallace ("Meg") from Josephine Baker

Less than a year before the start of World War II, Josephine Baker wrote to her sister, Margaret "Meg" Martin Wallace, about how the "awful war rumors" were affecting her performance schedule. Help us transcribe this letter to learn more about Josephine Baker's career in the late 1930s.

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