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By contributing to transcriptions, you can help the National Archives make historical documents more accessible. Transcriptions help in searching for the document as well as in reading and understanding the document. The work you do transcribing a handwritten or typed document will help the next person discover and use that record.

National Archives Transcription Pilot Project

NOTICE: Please note that the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project is not currently available.

Transcription Pilot Project

National Archives Transcription Pilot Project

The transcription tool features over 300 documents ranging from the late 18th century through the 20th century for citizen archivists to transcribe. Documents include letters to a civil war spy, presidential records, suffrage petitions, and fugitive slave case files. Documents are categorized based on level of difficulty:

Project Difficulty Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

You are able to select documents based on level of difficulty, year, and status of transcription. You can search for keywords such as "Lincoln."

Beginner Transcription Documents Intermediate Transcription Documents Advanced Transcription Documents

Transcribe Documents on Wikisource

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Wikisource is the “free library that anyone can improve” and is focused on primary sources. As part of the National Archives’ Wikipedian in Residence program, we are encouraging citizen archivists to transcribe records from the National Archives on Wikisource.

The documents above are just a few of the records that have been uploaded from the National Archives and are in need of transcription. These documents are mostly at the “beginner” level in terms of difficulty. You will find instructions for transcription on each page.

If you are interested in getting more involved and helping manage the project, please check out the WikiProject NARA page on Wikisource.

More Records to Transcribe on Wikisource
Memorandum for Record by A. J. Goodpaster
Letter of Albert Einstein to the Lieutenant Stephen Brunauer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance
"WARNING FROM THE FBI" World War II Poster
In the matter of Ju Toy on Habeas Corpus, 1904 - 1905: Order Allowing Appeal
Copy of Letter from Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce and Labor, to Commissioner of Immigration, San Francisco California, dismissing appeal of Ju Toy, 12/13/1904
Petition of the residents of Auburn, New York, requesting that the claim of Harriet Tubman be called up
Daily Memorandum from the Hydrographic Office Reporting Titanic Disaster
Alexander Bullock Letter May 10, 1866
"WANTED - 13 BILLION FIGHTING DOLLARS" World War II Poster
"WARNING - ALIENS - ARMY SERVICE FORCES". (Provost Marshall General)
Headquarters Second Battalion/Ninety-Fourth Field Artillery Daily Journal Entry Reporting the "last American heavy artillery round in Vietnam", 04/09/1972
Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files , compiled ca. 1892 - ca. 1920: Warrant for the arrest of Sue Kee Lun and Gung Chun Fooey
Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, ca. 1911 - ca. 1976: Letter from Inspector in Charge
Telegram from E. A. Conrad to the Secretary of Navy
Blackfeet Industrial Survey, 1921 - 1921: Dr. Yates and the Government Milch Goats
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