Welcome to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Digital Volunteer Transcription Project.
You may start transcribing documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection by selecting one of the projects below.
If you have not yet signed up but would like to become a Gilder Lehrman Digital Volunteer and transcribe documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, please select a project from the list below and create a free account by selecting the "Create Account" option in the top menu bar and completing the form.
These typed transcripts will help make primary sources more accessible for students, teachers, and researchers. This volunteer opportunity is available to students who are at least thirteen years old.
To find out more about the Gilder Lehrman Collection projects, visit us on our project homepage at gilderlehrman.org.
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This transcription opportunity is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Black Lives in the Founding Era project, which restores to view the lives and works of a wide array of African Americans in the period 1760 to 1800. We encourage you to read more about the project here.
Content warning: The language and content of these materials may be difficult for some readers. Many of these documents pertain to the institution of slavery and racism in the eighteenth century and demonstrate the often harsh circumstances that Black men, women, and children faced. Students should be advised that while some of these materials may be upsetting, topics such as enslavement and racial violence are essential to the study of US history.
Founding Era Newspapers
These newspapers are important sources of unique information about the Founding Era that we cannot find elsewhere. You can explore the “breaking news” of the American Revolution through contemporary newspapers. In addition to the political and military news of the day, these periodicals also published a wealth of other newsworthy items and advertisements that impacted the lives of Americans in the Founding Era. Transcribing these documents not only makes them more accessible, but it is also a great way to learn history from the people who experienced it.
- Sylvia Weiner's Letters from the World War II Brooklyn Homefront:
Sylvia’s letters offer a unique perspective of life on the home front during World War II. Sylvia describes her days in Brooklyn focusing on her job and her nights at home with various friends and family members. At the same time, she discusses financial difficulties and the struggle for gasoline and certain food products
- Thomas Rogers Booth Diaries
A collection of Diaries written by Thomas Rogers booth starting in 1861 until 1889. Booth was a railroad engineer from New Castle, Delaware. Some entries mention his travel however, these diaries have not been read so the content is largely a mystery waiting for transcribers.