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"Factory Girl's Song"

This broadside contains the lyrics to “The Factory Girl’s Song,” a folk song whose origins date back at least to the 1830s. The song’s nineteen 4-line stanzas describe the daily work of the mill girls in different jobs: spinning, weaving, and dressing the finished cloth. At the end the singer tells of returning home to marry, giving up the rigors of tending the machinery and working for harsh overseers. The song may have originated in Lowell, Massachusetts, but some scholars suggest that the reference to wages earned in “shillings” instead of dollars may mean it had connections to Canadian immigrants to the Lowell textile mills. Several iterations of the song are known, including “The Lowell Factory Girl”, “The Factory Girl’s Come-All-Ye” from Lewiston, Maine, and generalized versions titled “Factory Girl.” Help transcribe this song as part of the Smithsonian's #BecauseOfHerStory campaign to share and celebrate the diverse stories of American girlhood. Coordination of this and other girlhood history projects in the Transcription Center (including selection, digitization, cataloging, outreach, and educational resources) was funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. Click here to learn more.

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203 Total Pages 54 Contributing Members

1897 Mining Journal, Vulcan and Buck Mountain Collieries

Have you ever wondered what it was like to run at a coal mine? This 1897 journal will give you a firsthand view of what coal mining was like at the end of the nineteenth century. Kept by an unnamed clerk or manager, the journal's entries provide a daily record of the events in and around two Pennsylvania anthracite collieries, the Buck Mountain Colliery (operational from about 1884 to 1930) and the Vulcan Colliery (operational from about 1883 to 1913). (A "colliery" refers to a coal mine and all of the equipment and facilities that surround it).

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Bat Mitzvah Scrapbook Belonging to Sarah Leavitt

Sarah Leavitt grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El. Both the boys and girls in her class took on the responsibilities of being a Jewish adult at age 13 Help transcribe this scrapbook as part of the Smithsonian's #BecauseOfHerStory campaign to share and celebrate the diverse stories of American girlhood. Coordination of this and other girlhood history projects in the Transcription Center (including selection, digitization, cataloging, outreach, and educational resources) was funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. Click here to learn more.

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165 Total Pages 19 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Alabama (Box 1)

In the 19th and 20th centuries, cities in Alabama like Selma, Mobile, and Huntsville issued national currency to residents. The scenes depicted on the notes in this collection tell stories of the Southeastern region and its leadership.This project consists of certified proofs: a printing from every intaglio printing plate so the plate could be proofed as perfect before the plate was put into production. Gain special access to the National Museum of American History Numismatics collection as you explore this project.

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158 Total Pages 10 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Alabama (Box 2)

Certified Proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production. These proof sheets from Alabama are part of the National Numismatics Collection and make up part of a rarely exhibited collection of proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and even food coupons. Join us in transcribing this project to create records for each proof sheet and deepen the quality of our collections.

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170 Total Pages 12 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Alabama (Box 3)

These currency proof sheets from Alabama are part of the National Numismatics Collection - part of a rarely exhibited collection of proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and even food coupons. From 1863 to 1935, certified proofs like these allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production. Join us in transcribing this project to create records for each proof sheet and deepen the quality of our collections.

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Certified Proofs of Alaska

Where did residents of Alaska do their banking in the 19th and 20th centuries? Banks in Juneau and Fairbanks provided national currency after receiving certified approval awarded by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This project consists of certified proofs: a printing from every intaglio printing plate so the plate could be proofed as perfect before the plate was put into production. Gain special access to the National Museum of American History Numismatics collection as you explore this project.

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78 Total Pages 9 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Arizona (Box 1)

Certified Proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production. These proof sheets were used to create national bank notes for Arizona; they form part of the National Numismatics Collection and make up part of a rarely exhibited collection of proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and even food coupons. Join us in transcribing this project to create records for each proof sheet and expand the rich data in our collections.

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163 Total Pages 16 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Arkansas (Box 1)

Certified Proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production. These proof sheets from Arkansas are part of the National Numismatics Collection and make up part of a rarely exhibited collection of proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and even food coupons. Join us in transcribing this project to create records for each proof sheet and expand the rich data in our collections.

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89 Total Pages 10 Contributing Members

Certified Proofs of Arkansas (Box 2)

Certified Proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production. These proof sheets from Arkansas are part of the National Numismatics Collection and make up part of a rarely exhibited collection of proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and even food coupons. Join us in transcribing this project to create records for each proof sheet and expand the rich data in our collections.

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