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 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
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!
Records at the National Archives span from the temperance movement to the Volstead Act and the repeal of prohibition. Help transcribe these records related to alcohol.
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.
- A call to a breed that never dies. Transcribe this record.
- Articles of Agreement in Regard to the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia Under General Robert E. Lee. Transcribe this record.
- Correspondence Concerning Red Sox Players at the Boston Navy Yard. Transcribe this record.
- Citation for Virginia Hallfor the Distinguished Service Cross Transcribe this record.
- Fasting and Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3/20/1779. Transcribe this record.
- Copy of the Protocol of Transfer of Alaska Territory from Russia to the United States Transcribe this record.
- Gerald R. Ford's Notice of Separation from the U.S. Naval Service. 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.
- Information as to the Immigration Laws and their Execution, 7/15/1910 Transcribe this record.
- Itemized List of Goods Bartered and Sold for a Single Day in a Choctaw Trading House. Transcribe this record.
- Khrushchev - A Personality Sketch. Transcribe this record.
- Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Harry S. Truman, 11/20/1945. Transcribe this record.
- Letter from David Willmarth to Representative Emanuel Cellar Regarding the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Civil Rights Bill, 8/26/1963. Transcribe this record.
- Letter from Samuel W. Mendum, Counselor at Law, to Charles Elmore Cropley, Clerk of the United States Supreme Court, Relating to the Saluting of the Flag with References to 310 U.S. 586 and 319 U.S. 624. Transcribe this record.
- Papers Concerning Prohibition of Slavery in Bahama Islands. Transcribe this record.
- Message of President Abraham Lincoln nominating William H. Seward to be Secretary of State. Transcribe this record.
- Notes Written by John F. Kennedy. Transcribe this record.
- Order Number 853 for the Transfer of Henry Buster. Transcribe this record.