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Citizen Archivist Missions

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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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Presidential Libraries Road Trip

African American Civil War Soldiers

Earlier this year, in honor of Presidents Day, we virtually traveled the country to bring you a series of Citizen Archivist missions featuring records from the Presidential Libraries across the National Archives.

We still have records left to transcribe.  Will you help us complete the missions? .

Start the Road Trip!

 

Record Group Explorer Missions

The National Archives recently launched a new pathway to view and explore our records: the Record Group Explorer. You can use this tool to see an overview of the scans of records currently available in our Catalog, organized by Record Group and format. 

To celebrate the launch of the Record Group Explorer, we’ve created special missions for each Record Group. Give the Explorer a try while contributing as a citizen archivist! Jump in and help tag and transcribe:

We’ll feature additional Record Groups for future missions. Each of your contributions to these records will help unlock history and make them easier to find in our Catalog for other users. 

 

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

Get started transcribing!

Zooniverse

African American Civil War Soldiers

Give voice to American soldiers and help transcribe records from the National Archives on the Zooniverse platform:

  • The American Soldier: Transcribe this remarkable collection of more than 65,000 handwritten reflections by U.S. soldiers who fought during the Second World War.
  • African American Civil War Soldiers: Transcribe military records of over 200,000 African Americans soldiers who fought for their freedom in the American Civil War.

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

  • Information available to Embassy re possible arrest of Stuart Edgar Angel Jones, 8/18/1971 Transcribe this record.
  • Public Law 87-30: An Act to Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as Amended, to Provide Coverage for Employees of Large Enterprises Engaged in Retail Trade or Service and of Other Employers Engaged in Commerce or in the Production of Goods for Commerce, to Increase the Minimum Wage Under the Act to $1.25 an Hour, and for Other Purposes, 5/5/1961 Transcribe this record.
  • Zinnamon v. Board of Education of the Pulaski County Special School District, Response to Motion to Consolidate, 3/4/1987 Transcribe this record.
  • Daily Appointment Sheet for President Harry S. Truman, 7/8/1946 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the Domestic Policy Council (Clinton Administration), ca. 1992 - 1/20/2001, [Admin Files] Administration Accomplishments Transcribe this record.
  • Appellate Case Files, 1891 - 1998, 87-1447. James J. Rodwell v. Michael Fair, etc., et al., Brief for the Petitioner/Appellant, 1987 Transcribe this record.
  • Ted Davis, et. al. v. St. Louis Housing Authority Transcribe this record.
  • Folder, "Deployment of Major U.S. Forces to Vietnam, July 1965, Volume 1, Tabs 1-10," NSC Histories, NSF, Box 40 Transcribe this record.
  • Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950 - 1976, 206-01 Combat Artist Team II 1966 Transcribe this record.
  • Aunyx Corporation v. Canon Incorporated and Canon U.S.A., Incorporated, Complaint as Amended April 13, 1988, 4/13/1988 Transcribe this record.


Intermediate


Advanced

  • Pei, Ieoh Ming - Case Number: 35527/015-16 - Ship of Arrival: President Coolidge, 08/28/1935 Transcribe this record.
  • Oswald's Notebook (Home Copy) Transcribe this record.
  • San Francisco Branch Evacuee Property Files, 3/18/1942 - 6/30/1946, Head Office Interview Reports: B Transcribe this record.
  • Folder, "Presidential Decisions-Gulf of Tonkin Attacks of August 1964-Volume I, Tab 9, 1 of 2," NSC Histories, NSF, Box 38 Transcribe this record.
  • United States of America v. Robert Harvey 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. 
  • Records of the Public Buildings Service, 1801 - 2000, Letters Sent, 1/1858-1/1930, Vol. 2: Pages 950-1047: Letters 181-209 Transcribe this record.
  • Criminal Case Files, 1879-1987, The United States v. Fremont Weeks Transcribe this record.
  • Approved Pension Application File for Ann E. Meredith, Widow of Corporal Davis Meredith, Company D, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment Transcribe this record. (Scanned by Citizen Archivists in the Innovation Hub!)
  • Bankruptcy Act of 1898 Dockets, 1898 - 1979, Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, 1970 Transcribe this record.

 

Questions? Email us at citizenarchivist@nara.gov

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