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World War II Posters Films of the United States Information Agency Lighthouses
19th Century Photographs Rose Greenhow Letter Hawaii Annexation Petition
National Archives on Flickr
DOCUMERICA Photos by Boyd Norton DOCUMERICA Photos by Erik Calonius DOCUMERICA Photos by Marc St. Gil DOCUMERICA Photos by Frank Lodge

Tagging Missions in the National Archives Catalog

Tagging is a fun and easy way for you to help make National Archives records found more easily online. By adding keywords, terms, and labels to a record, you can do your part to help the next person discover that record.

Getting Started

What’s a good tag? Any keywords or labels that are meaningful to you, as well as names you find in the record. Simply type what you see. To get started:

  1. Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.
  2. Login to the system.
  3. Start a tagging mission or create your own mission by doing a keyword search for your favorite topics.

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World War II Posters

This mission includes images of World War II posters, including “Buy War Bonds,” “Ideas for Victory,” “ Produce for Victory” and “Silence Means Security.”

Difficulty: Beginner

Possible Tags: “poster,” “World War II,” text from poster, description of images, colors found on poster, themes represented

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Films of the United States Information Agency

From the United States Information Agency (USIA), these 200 films include smaller segments of larger films from the 1940s - 1990s.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Possible Tags: “black and white film,” “color film,” names of individuals in film, qualities of the soundtrack, words to describe scenes, themes represented

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Lighthouses

This mission is to tag photographs, architectural drawings, and other records relating to lighthouses. This mission includes the records of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Interior.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Possible Tags: “drawing,” architectural details depicted, written names and companies on item

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19th Century Photographs of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana

These photographs taken by William Henry Jackson, a photographer accompanying the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories directed by Ferdinand V. Hayden from 1869-1878.

Difficulty:Intermediate

Possible Tags: “black and white,” words to describe the scene, including geological features

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The Seized Correspondence of Rose O’Neal Greenhow

These letters were seized on August 23, 1861 at the time of arrest of Mrs. Rose O’Neal Greenhow as a spy for the Confederacy! Some of the letters may be difficult to tag because they are fragments that were found in a stove in which Mrs. Greenhow had presumably tried to burn them.

Difficulty: Advanced

Possible Tags: “handwritten,” “letters,” any names, events, location names found within the letters

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Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii, 1898

The petition was signed by 21,269 of 39,000 Hawaiian people to stop the move to annex Hawaii. However, on July 7, 1898, the Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States by a joint resolution of Congress because of the strategic value of the Hawaiian islands as a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval installation during Spanish-American War.

Difficulty: Advanced

Possible Tags: names of individuals found in the petition

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National Archives Tagging Missions in Flickr

The Mission: We need your help tagging National Archives images in Flickr. With every tag you contribute, you are doing your part to help the next person discover that record.

To get started, you’ll need to create an account in Flickr to add tags.

DOCUMERICA Photos by Boyd Norton

There are 425 photos in this set from Documerica photographer Boyd Norton. As a nature photographer, many of his photos from 1972 and 1973 come from the many National Parks in the southwest region of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. He also photographed several solar energy projects in that region during 1973-1975.

Difficulty: Beginner

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DOCUMERICA Photos by Erik Calonius

There are 180 photos in this set from DOCUMERICA photographer Erik Calonius. His assignments included Washington, D.C., New York City, and in rural Ohio. He captured images of the impacts of noise and water pollution, urban blight in large cities, and the ravages of strip mining in the American countryside.

Difficulty: Beginner

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DOCUMERICA Photos by Marc St. Gil

There are 276 images in this set from DOCUMERICA photographer Marc St. Gil. His assignment was to document the water and air pollution crisis in and around Houston, Texas. St. Gil also captured striking images of rural life in the 1970s in the Houston and San Antonio areas.

Difficulty: Beginner

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DOCUMERICA Photos by Frank Lodge

There are 40 images in this set from DOCUMERICA photographer Frank Lodge. He took these photographs while covering the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in October 1973. The exhibition featured newly introduced electric cars.

Difficulty: Beginner

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DOCUMERICA Photos by Charles Steinhacker

There are 101 photos in this set from DOCUMERICA photographer Charles Steinhacker. His assignment took him to Maine in June 1973 and while there here photographed evidence of water pollution from textile and paper mills along the Androscoggin River.

Difficulty: Beginner

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