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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NEEDS HELP Transcribing Suffragist Documents


Fast typists, adept transcribers, and fearsome keyboard clackers, lend me your ears! The Library of Congress needs your help. The Smithsonian reported on July 30 that the Library seeks help transcribing more than 16,000 pages of suffragist diaries, letters, speeches, and other documents. All are available on the library’s crowdsourcing program, By the People, and they’re hoping volunteers will help in the effort to bring more suffragist stories to light.

Women’s suffrage consisted of the fight for equality and women’s voting rights. You may have heard of the powerful slogan “Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less.” Suffragists were literary activists as well as reformers, and Book Riot covered many notable writes from the movement in this fantastic list.

The Library of Congress seeks to shed light on both recognizable and unknown individuals who took part in the movement by transcribing correspondence, diaries, and other documents to its website.

Transcription Campaigns

The Library has done previous “campaigns” in the past. Volunteers have transcribed documents from famous figures such as Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, and others. The suffrage campaign is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19thamendment—the women’s right to vote—passed by Congress in June 1919.

Anyone is able to participate in the transcription campaign, so crack your knuckles and yoga-stretch your fingers, because there’s still a lot of work to do! At the time of this post, there are more than 1,000 contributors to the project, with about 4,000 completed transcriptions, yet more than 29,000 (assuming these are transcriptions and not necessarily full pages) have not been started. Many papers included are those of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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