Presidential Libraries Road Trip
Join us on a Presidential Road Trip! In honor of Presidents Day, we are virtually traveling the country to bring you a series of Citizen Archivist missions featuring records from the Presidential Libraries across the National Archives.
We’ll make a new stop each day on our Road Trip, unlocking a different Presidential Library tagging and transcription mission. Use the links below to learn more about each Library and contribute as a Citizen Archivist! Every contribution will help make these records more searchable and discoverable in our Catalog.
Questions? See our FAQ below.
February 11: William J. Clinton Library
February 21: Ronald Reagan Library
Traffic was heavy in Los Angeles, but this is a virtual Road Trip, so we didn't need to decide between the I-210 and the I-5 to arrive at our next stop in California. Join us and transcribe and tag records found at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
February 24: Herbert Hoover Library
February 25: Barack Obama Library
Today we virtually visit the newest Presidential Library, the Barack Obama Library. This brand new library will be the first fully digital Presidential Library. Help us make the Obama administration photographs more discoverable by tagging details and features.
Mission coming February 25!
February 26: Gerald R. Ford Library
Our 14th and final stop on the virtual Road Trip finds us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the Gerald R. Ford Library. How many records can you tag and transcribe from the Ford administration?
Mission coming February 26!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
You will need to have an account in the National Archives Catalog to contribute transcriptions, tags, and comments. Visit our Register and Get Started page for step-by-step instructions. Check out our Resources page for instructions and videos to help you with your work as a Citizen Archivist. For the Presidential Road Trip we recommend that you review the video How to Tag and Transcribe Records and What Makes A Good Tag?
Once you click save, your work is done! Your transcription has been added to our catalog and shortly all the words you typed will be searched every time someone conducts a search at catalog.archives.gov. We suggest saving your work at regular intervals when transcribing.
The most useful contribution for films are tags. We encourage you to watch the film and add descriptive details found within the films as you watch. You can tag the names of people you see in the film, locations, features and anything else you see on screen. All of these details make these films more discoverable in our Catalog.
Check out our guide What Makes A Good Tag to help understand what details and features you should look for when tagging films.
Some of our presidential records include a cover sheet or more with Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] information. You can skip the cover sheet(s) and begin your transcription work with the actual record.
We're excited that you are enjoying the Presidential Libraries Road Trip. This Road Trip is a special event, but we always have tagging and transcription missions for you to work on. Visit our Missions page to see what's currently featured. Additionally, you can always tag, transcribe, and comment on any digitized record in the National Archives Catalog. To learn how to search through the more than 104 million pages of digitized records, watch our video Searching the National Archives Catalog to Find Records to Transcribe.
Presidential Libraries can be found across the country, from Massachusetts to California. Plan your visit today. We look forward to welcoming you!
While you're there, but sure to pick up your Passport!
The Passport to Presidential Libraries is a program that gives visitors an opportunity to purchase a special keepsake booklet they can take with them on their travels to Presidential Libraries and Museums across the nation. A visitor receives a commemorative stamp from the library at the time of the purchase and can collect stamps from every Presidential Library visited in the future. Once they collect stamps from all Presidential Libraries, they may visit any of the Presidential Libraries for a special gift.
The Passports can be purchased at any of the thirteen Presidential Museums. The Passport retails for $5.00.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page for additional information.