Browse Projects

next

5% Complete

203 Total Pages 40 Contributing Members

North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Endorsements Sent, Vol. 1 (15), July 11, 1865-Sept. 20, 1866

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen's Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 2: Endorsements Sent. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in North Carolina during the Reconstruction Era. Have questions about how to transcribe tables in these documents? View special directions here.

Go

5% Complete

661 Total Pages 23 Contributing Members

Charles Francis Hall Journal August 1861 to October 1861

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an arctic explorer? Wonder no more and join explorer Charles Francis Hall on his 1860 journey to the north, exploring western Greenland.

Go

62% Complete

29 Total Pages 7 Contributing Members

William Henry Holmes -- Izamal, Mexico, 1895

The city of Izamel is known as the City of Hills in Yucatan—a name derived from the ancient pyramid ruins in the region. Get to see Izamel’s Mayan pyramid with sketches from William Henry Holmes’ 1895 field notes. Holmes, who had a decades-long career at the Smithsonian, worked as an artist, archaeologist, and anthropologist.

Go

68% Complete

212 Total Pages 13 Contributing Members

R.H. Goddard: A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes

Robert Hutchings Goddard’s "A method of reaching extreme altitudes," published 1919 in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, is considered the first practical treatise on the use of rockets for space travel. Goddard is also credited with building the world’s first liquid-fuel rocket and is widely considered the person who ushered in the space-age.

Go

17% Complete

78 Total Pages 13 Contributing Members

Cleofe Calderon - Tropical America, 1967-68

Ola! We are calling on our Transcription Center volunteers who can read Portuguese to pitch in on this exciting field book! In 1971, a new genus of grasses, Calderonella, was found and named in honor of Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon, who made this discovery--one find in a lifetime's worth of biological field work. Calderon named 18 new species of grasses, and re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. Her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution today. Help make Calderon's work more accessible for present-day biologists and botanists by transcribing her field notes!

Go

42% Complete

61 Total Pages 24 Contributing Members

Oneida: MS 377: Oneida vocabulary, verb conjugations, and the Lord's Prayer in Oneida 1881

Created by Erminnie A. Smith and collected by John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt, this manuscript was recorded in the schedule of John Wesley Powell's "Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages, 1880." It is in Hewitt's handwriting, except for the title page. Rev. Cornelius, "a half breed Oneida," provided translation for this manuscript.

Go

52% Complete

304 Total Pages 48 Contributing Members

North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Letters Sent, Vol. 2 (10), July 15, 1867-July31, 1868

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen's Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 1: Letters Sent. Have questions about how to transcribe tables in these documents? View special directions here.

Go

1% Complete

309 Total Pages 44 Contributing Members

Charles Francis Hall's Expedition Diary Volume IV, First Expedition November 1860 - April 1861

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an arctic explorer? Wonder no more and join explorer Charles Francis Hall on his 1860 journey to the north, exploring western Greenland.

Go

9% Complete

211 Total Pages 48 Contributing Members

Scurlock Studio Session Register 1922-1927

Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, luminaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks' imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people. Learn how to transcribe these ledgers and how you'll pinpoint the latitude and longitude of the addresses in the process. Help the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History create more understanding of their practice by transcribing these ledgers which include client numbers and names arranged in broadly alphabetic order.

Go

1% Complete

77 Total Pages 13 Contributing Members

Menominee: MS 2797: Menominee linguistic notes and texts collected by Truman Michelson (1910)

Menominee linguistic notes and texts from Truman Michelson's fieldwork among the Menominee in Wisconsin in 1910. He obtained texts and Menominee names for various tribes from Judge Peroute, a priest of the Grand Medicine Society. Captain John V. Satterlee of the Indian Police at Keshena served as interpreter and also provided Michelson with linguistic information, such as vocabularies. The notes are in Menominee and English.

Go

Pages