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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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John Wildberg Presents Bill Robinson in Memphis Bound: a New Musical Comedy with Avon Long

Part of the music domain includes nightlife and nightclubs, which were often the centerpiece of musical life during the first half of the twentieth century. Sisters Laura “Laurie” Cathrell and Sally J. Cathrell Jr. were both involved in New York’s nightlife scene, one as a showgirl and the other as a publisher of magazines featuring famous musicians and dancers of the time. Laurie performed in many famous nightclubs throughout America including Club Plantation and the Cotton Club. She is featured in many of the photographs and magazines of this collection. Sally followed in the footsteps of their parents, and made a career in publishing and created “The Show-Down” magazine, which was devoted to nightclub life and entertainment. In volume 1, number 1, “The Showdown” magazine is described as "a monthly publication, which caters to theatricals exclusively." The magazine featured night club reviews, show reviews, and features on performers. The magazine mainly covered New York, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Help us transcribe the photographs, magazines, and programs and discover the many famous musicians and dancers featured.

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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 from the War Department to Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey 1

Corporal Lawrence McVey served during World War I in the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard, the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of France and one of the first American units to reach the banks of the Rhine River. The 369th spent more days in front-line trenches than any other American regiment in the war. Corporal McVey, who served for the entirety of the war, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery in action while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest during the fight at Séchault on September 29, 1918. Help us transcribe this important document that highlights the vital role African Americans played during World War I.

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