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The Smithsonian Institute is looking for crowd-sourced volunteers to help make its online collections accessible via a massive transcription project. Get your nerd on for the public good!

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers who sign up at the projects’ Transcription Center can help decipher handwritten archival collections from bee specimens to field notes from an Arctic journey to a study of Native American vocabularies.

Diary of William Dall

1866 diary of 21 year old Arctic explorer William Dall.

Pamela Henson, a historian at the Smithsonian says, ““These volumes open a window on the past and allow those who lived in the past to speak directly to us today…The Smithsonian has relied on the kindness of strangers to assist with its work since the 1840s, when volunteer weather observers began to send climate data to our Meteorological Project. In some ways we are continuing that tradition.”

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