Transcription & Etc

This page lists a variety of online transcription and other crowdsourcing opportunities. We will look at these together in class; please don’t peek ahead of schedule. If you know of anything that isn’t listed here, please let me know!

The Citizen Archivist Dashboard from the National Archives has several options

The Smithsonian also has several different projects here

Transcribe Reconstruction-era family reunification ads at Last Seen

Transcribe the unpublished works of Jeremy Bentham

Transcribe menus in the NYPL’s collection

There are A BUNCH of projects over at Zooniverse; be sure to choose a history one

Find newspaper articles from around the US for History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust

Digital Newberry has several transcription projects


These projects are complete, for now, but there may more documents later. It is also worth seeing how results are presented/used:


The below projects are no longer active, but I leave a brief description as they are compelling ideas:

  • The Describe Me project asked sighted people to write descriptions of images in the Museums Victoria collections
  • NYPL’s Building Inspector has several tasks working with Sanborn maps — This was one of my favorites and now there’s no indication where the results live, that I can find
  • Transcribe business directories of London in 1840 for the Museum of London. This may be complete? I know that a substantial amount of work was done, but I haven’t been able to find the results. This short post explains the project. Anyone able to find the resulting program?