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Ready to start tagging and transcribing? We've curated these topical missions to help you jump in and contribute! Click on a topic that interests you, and it will bring you right to those historical records in our Catalog. Tagging and transcribing makes these records more accessible to everyone. New missions are added and updated regularly, so check back often to see what’s new.

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Outside the Box Missions

Up for a challenge or something different? We often have records that require special work in order to make them more accessible. 

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Chinese Heritage

Chinese Heritage

Help us transcribe and tag records related to the Chinese Exclusion Era. We need your help transcribing these immigration records and tagging very specific details that will help provide greater access to these records. Please read the instructions on the mission page carefully and begin contributing.

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Native American Photographs Tagging Mission


Native American Photographs Tagging Mission

MISSION COMPLETED! Thanks to the contributions of Citizen Archivists, more than 18,000 photographs from the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have been tagged with topical subject tags. These contributions helped to create the Bureau of Indian Affairs Photographs Finding Aid where the records can be viewed by Tribal Nation, Topic, or State.

Explore the Bureau of Indian Affairs Photographs Finding Aid

 

Transcriber Task Force

Transcriber Task Force

Seeking expert transcribers! We’ve gathered records that have tricky elements for our expert transcribers. You may find only a few pages that are difficult or the whole record. If you’d like to join our Transcriber Task Force and get emails for special projects, send us an email citizenarchivist@nara.gov

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1950 Census Transcription Projects

The 1950 Census is here! We're looking for help transcribing the initial name index for the 1950 Census. While you can transcribe any name or any page within the 1950 Census, we've identified several specific areas where we'd like your help transcribing.

Help refine the 1950 Census name index!

 

Featured Records

Jump in and help us transcribe these individual records. Documenting events throughout United States history, transcribers of all skill levels are sure to find something new and interesting in these featured records!​

Beginner

  • Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1995, Contemporary Arts, et al vs. Arthur M. Ney, et al Transcribe this record.
  • Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, Criminal Case Files, 1873 - 1991, The United States of America vs. Joseph C. Calandra, Moreno L. Keplinger, Paul L. Wright, and James B. Plank, Filed transcript of proceedings Transcribe this record.
  • Memorandum from James Cooley to Roy J. Bullock with Attached Report by Robert N. Golding, Report on East-West Trade Security Controls, 10/2/1951 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of the Ukraine: 860E.00/108 THRU 860E.652/1: 1930-1939 Transcribe this record.
  • Memorandum, Charles Ross to Matthew Connelly, 3/11/1948 Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Athens, Greece, 1837-1906, Despatches: July 1, 1904 - August 6, 1906 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950 - 1976, 228-03 15th MED - Medical Evacuation within the 1st CAV DIV - SEP1965-FEB1970 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1868 - 2008, Narrative Reports, Valentine NWR, 1968 Transcribe this record.
  • Report, Summary of United States Government Economic and Military Aid Authorized for China Since 1937, 1/1950 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006, Central Subject Files, 1919 - 1981, C34 Santa Fe Railway Transcribe this record.
 

Intermediate 

  • M179 - Miscellaneous Letters of the Department of State, 1789-1906, March 10 - 18, 1902 Transcribe this record.
  • United States of America vs. James W. Lewis, also known as Robert Richardson, Transcripts Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, 1836 - 1978, 2455575 - Pickup Unit for Stringed Instruments - Clarence Fender and Clayton Kauffman Transcribe this record.
  • Official Military Personnel File for Ernest L. Wrentmore Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Japan, 1855-1906, Aug. 3, 1880 - Jan. 22, 1881 Transcribe this record.
  • Folder, "Cables, [Cables, memos, reports, and other material, 11/63-5/67] Vol. XVI, 8/16‑31/64, 1 of 2," Vietnam Country File, NSF, Box 7 Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Osaka and Hiogo (Kobe), Japan, 1868-1906, Despatches: Volumes 11 - 12: May 6, 1901 - May 20, 1905; September 27, 1905 / Despatches: Liege: Volume 6 (part): June 6, 1905 - July 26, 1906 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006, Central Subject Files, 1919 - 1981, C34 Fred Harvey Transcribe this record.
  • M179 - Miscellaneous Letters of the Department of State, 1789-1906, January 13 - 19, 1906 Transcribe this record.
  • Despatches from U.S. Ministers to the Italian States, 1832-1906, Italy: Apr. 15-Dec, 27, 1899 Transcribe this record.


Advanced 

  • General Records of the Department of State, 1763 - 2002, Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Liverpool, England, 1790-1906, Despatches: July 1 - December 23, 1863 Transcribe this record.
  • Index to Hawaiian Certificates of Identity Transcribe this record.
  • 1910-1920: Incoming Miscellaneous Executive Bureaus: Fuel Administration, 03/09/1918 To Railroad Administration, 11/15/1919 Transcribe this record.
  • Bankruptcy Act of 1898 Dockets, 1898 - 1979, Reading Company, 1971 Transcribe this record.
  • Logbooks of Ships and Shore Installations, 1948-1972, USCGC Eastwind (WAG-279/WAGB-279), January 1956 - December 1956 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793 - 1999, District Files: Northern: 1908 - 1911 Transcribe this record.
  • U.S. v. Douglas Chandler in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston, May 29, 1947 Transcribe this record. 
  • General Index to Appointments, 7/1932 - 6/1935, General Index Book 1 Transcribe this record.
  • Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, 1691 - 1945, Letters Received from Commissioned Officers Below the Rank of Commander and from Warrant Officers, 1802 - 1886, Letter(s) received from Southworth, Edward B Transcribe this record.
  • Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1988, Logbook of the USS Monterey, Monterey (CVL-26) - October 1944 Transcribe this record.

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