Having students spend some time transcribing historical texts, whether they be materials from Shakespeare’s time, slave narratives, or war correspondence, can be an engaging and educational experience. Talking about doing something that has an authentic audience!
Here are some places that offer opportunities for volunteer transcribers:
Zoonirverse has offers tons of possibilities. Read more about it at “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!
Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery is a site for genealogists and researchers where they and others can search through incredibly tragic and moving ads former slaves published looking for their lost family members. Learn more about it at Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families.
The Smithsonian Institution has a Transcription Center for volunteers.
The National Archives has a Citizen Archivist program.
The University of Iowa has something they call the DIY History program.
You can transcribe papers from the War Department of the early United States here.
— Facts & Files (@FFHistorians) June 29, 2017
This one is a bit odd, and I doubt that I’d use it, but others might find it useful:
Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts is from the Smithsonian Magazine. And here’s the direct link to Transcribing Faith, the project the article describes.
Let me know what I’m missing!