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Opportunity to transcribe Alaskan records from the National Archives

The US National Archives (NARA) online catalog now permits registered users to tag and/or transcribe descriptions on images. NARA is encouraging transcription efforts through their Transcription Challenge center at http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/transcribe/

One of their “transcription missions” is for photographs relating to the National Forests. As a result of an exchange on Tumblr, NARA bloggers supplied this URL for Alaska specific national forest pictures digitized on NARA:

https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=Alaska&rows=100&offset=0&tabType=all&facet=true&facet.fields=oldScope,level,materialsType,fileFormat,locationIds,dateRangeFacet&highlight=true&f.ancestorNaIds=651890

If that URL breaks for you, try the TinyURL of http://tinyurl.com/lp4un78

What I find particularly exciting is that NARA will accept tags/transcriptions on ANY of their digitized materials in their catalog, so if you were inclined to look for a particular aspect of Alaskan history that might be digitized in NARA, you could do a search and then transcribe some of the resulting records to improve their access and findability.

Feedback and questions about quality control, weeding out smart-alecks and others should be directed to catalog@nara.gov.

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