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Smithsonian Transcription Center

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Started in 2013, the Smithsonian Transcription Center is a website (freely accessible, 24 hours a day) that connects volunteers around the world with Smithsonian collections available for transcription. This crowdsourcing project was developed—with the help of amazing SI Staff and external developers—as a way to improve and increase the quality of public engagement with Smithsonian materials, increase access and use of our digitized content, and create pathways of learning and new knowledge between the public and Smithsonian staff.  In short—the Transcription Center is a place for you (and anyone in the world) to explore materials held within the Smithsonian and play a part in making those collections more accessible. 

Smithsonian Transcription Center's collections

 

Latinx Artists in the Smithsonian Transcription Center

<p>Explore in this collection the 20th century artwork, photographs, and writings of Latina/o/x artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Abril Lamarque, and Julio de Diego. <br></p> <p>Full transcriptions of letters, diaries, publications, and other documents written in both English and Spanish by these individuals are included. These materials are held in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art and were transcribed by Transcription Center digital volunteers. <br><br>#LatinoArtisAmericanArt <br><br>Tags: Spanish language, Latinx, Art, Art History, Archives, Transcription, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Julio de Diego, Abril Lamarque, Cartoon, Painting, Sketch, Spain, Mexico, Cuba<br></p> <p></p>
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Girlhood Diaries from American History

<p>Far from sitting quietly on the sidelines, American girls have been on the frontlines of political, cultural, and social change. The signature exhibition, "<a href="https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/girlhood-its-complicated"><em>Girlhood (It's complicated)</em></a>," opening at the <a href="https://americanhistory.si.edu/">National Museum of American History</a> in October 2020 as part of the Smithsonian's <a href="https://womenshistory.si.edu/">American Women's History Initiative</a>, explores the diverse and complex stories of girlhood in our nation's history. #BecauseOfHerStory</p> <p>Dive even further into the history of American girlhood through digitized - and transcribed - collections from around the Smithsonian - including the childhood diaries of 8 different girls from various time periods, social classes, and backgrounds. Dating from the 1800s to the 1960s, each girl's personal writings offer a detailed glimpse into what it means to be a girl growing up in the United States. Browse through the photographs, diaries, and other resources in this collection to learn more. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><strong></strong></p>
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Exploring the History of American Girlhood through Smithsonian Collections

<p>Far from sitting quietly on the sidelines, American girls have been on the frontlines of political, cultural, and social change. The signature exhibition, "<a href="https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/girlhood-its-complicated"><em>Girlhood (It's complicated)</em></a>," opening at the <a href="https://americanhistory.si.edu/">National Museum of American History</a> in October 2020 as part of the Smithsonian's <a href="https://womenshistory.si.edu/">American Women's History Initiative</a>, explores the diverse and complex stories of girlhood in our nation's history. #BecauseOfHerStory</p> <p>In collaboration with colleagues from across the Smithsonian, the Transcription Center's staff and community of digital volunteers joined the effort to celebrate and share the history of girlhood.  Explore this Learning Lab collection to learn more and find  transcribed historical sources created by, and related to, American girls. </p> <p><br></p> <p></p> <p><br><br></p>
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