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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


Triumph and Tragedy: Exploring World War I through Transcription

<p></p><p>This collection brings together Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day 2019, "Triumph and Tragedy in History." #NHD2019</p> <p>These resources - including photographs, museum objects, newspapers, diaries, administrative records, pamphlets, and correspondence - explore the varying military and civilian experiences during World War One. Resources highlight what the Great War was like for soldiers, and how the military experience differed for African Americans and whites during a time of legalized segregation and racism in the United States. Other materials featured include diary entries, correspondence, and publications discussing the impact of WWI -both during and after the war- on the home front.  Many of these primary and secondary sources were featured as projects on the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and have been fully transcribed by digital volunteers--making these collections easier to read, search, and explore. </p><p>By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research. <br /></p>
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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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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=""><em>Girlhood (It's complicated)</em></a>," opening at the <a href="">National Museum of American History</a> in October 2020 as part of the Smithsonian's <a href="">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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Re-Imagining Migration and Immigration through the Smithsonian's Historic (and Transcribed) Collections

<p>Meant as a starting point for research on the diverse history of immigration and migration, this collection includes historic materials from across the Smithsonian documenting the immigrant experience. Many of the sources included have been transcribed and reviewed by <a href="">Smithsonian Transcription Center</a> digital volunteers. </p> <p></p> <p>KEYWORDS: immigration, migration, forced migration, identity, enslavement, slavery, Native Americans, American Indian, African American, Great Migration, Westward Expansion, Gold Rush, Freedmen's Bureau, Reconstruction, culture, diary, journal, WWII, immigrant, migrant, movement <br></p>
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