Help Unlock History!
Welcome to the Transcription Challenge! Help us transcribe some of the millions of digitized pages of records in the National Archives Catalog. What stories will you find?
Transcription Challenge Surpasses Goal! Thank you!
Citizen archivists transcribed 2,500 pages and added 10,000 tags to the National Archives Catalog during Sunshine Week, March 16-23, 2015. We more than doubled the 1,000 page goal! Participants used the hashtag #1000pages and tweeted @USNatArchives to let us know what they found in the records. Check out our Storify of the Transcription Challenge.
Transcription is an important way for us to improve search results and increase accessibility to our historical records. Your contributions make a big impact. Go ahead and give one of the Transcription Missions below a try!
- Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.
- Login from any transcription page or on the login page.
- Start a Transcription Mission, check out More Records, or create your own mission by doing a keyword search for your favorite topics.
- Select the “View/Add Contributions” button located below all images in the catalog.
- Select the “Transcribe” tab for the page of the record you would like to transcribe.
- Select the “Edit” button and remember to save your work frequently.
Photographs Relating to the National Forests
We need your help transcribing the typed captions on these images. This easy transcription will help make these images more available for searching.
What can you find in these records chock-full of previous classification markings? Also check out CIA records. Many of these are typed records.
Papers of the Continental Congress
These records are letters from Benjamin Franklin.
Record Books of the Confederate Government
Are you up for a challenge? These Confederate Record books are Handwritten books from the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Offices of the Confederate Government and they are huge! It may take all of you to work together to complete the transcription. Don't be shy, jump in and do a page!
Love Letters from Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson
Check out the handwritten courtship letters between Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson.
Interviews related to the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Help transcribe audio recordings from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt/Winston Churchill Correspondence, 1939 - 1945
These documents are the correspondence between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill from the outbreak of World War II in Europe through the United States' entry into the war in December, 1941 and up to President Roosevelt's death> in April, 1945. In these records you will find coded cable traffic and other correspondence, drafts, and aide memoirs.
- Type what you see. Transcribe in a way that makes sense for the record.
- If you can't make out a word, use [illegible]. If you'd like to make a notation about something you see in the record, do so in brackets. For example: [stamp in blue ink].
- If there is a PDF of the record available, you can try to copy and paste the text layer of the PDF in the transcription field and correct the text that was captured through OCR.
- Try out transcribing audio and video records. You can also transcribe National Archives films on the Amara Platform.
- For foreign language documents, we encourage you to transcribe the original language. If you would like to provide a translation, you can add this after the transcription.
- For those records that don't have text to transcribe, take a moment to tag what you see in the records.
- Check out the Citizen Contribution Policy for more information.
Please help us work on these records. We will work to refresh this list as records are transcribed.
- Richard M. Nixon's Notes for 26th Amendment Ceremony. Transcribe this record.
- The Assassination and Death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, ca. 1865. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum for President Subject: Evaluation of Space Program April 28, 1961. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum from Speechwriter William Safire to President Nixon, 7/18/1969. Transcribe this record.
- You're Going to Employ Women, 4/1/1943. Transcribe this record.
- To Colored Men!. Transcribe this record.
- Telegram from President Gerald R. Ford to the American Humanist Association Regarding Dr. Jonas Salk. Transcribe this record.
- Press release of letter from Eleanor Roosevel tto Harry S. Truman, 4/16/1945. Transcribe this record.
- Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States North-West of the River Ohio. Transcribe this record.
- NEGOTIATING STRATEGY BERLIN - Germany Crisis, 9/16/19615. Transcribe this record.
- National Black History Month Message, 1976. Transcribe this record.
- Message of President William McKinley nominating Theodore Roosevelt to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum to Lieutenant Gerald R. Ford Regarding Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Authorization to Wear. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum on the Exchange of Visits with Russian Astronauts. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum from White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen to White House Staff Regarding Ground Rules for Interviews with Newsmen. Transcribe this record.
- President Jimmy Carter's Annotated Statement on the Failed Rescue Mission Regarding the Hostages in Iran, 4/25/1980. Transcribe this record.
- Deed of Gift for the Statue of Liberty, 7/4/1884. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum Regarding Debrief of the Mayaguez Captain and Crew, 5/19/1975. Transcribe this record.
- Memorandum from Maury Maverick to Everybody in Smaller War Plants Corporation, 3/24/1944. Transcribe this record.
- Letter to the Committee on the Judiciary Regarding Suffrage for 18-Year Olds , 12/23/1970. Transcribe this record.