The Smithsonian museum is crowdsourcing transcription help from volunteers interested in supporting the museum (kinda like Wikipedia, but for a museum). Become a Smithsonian digital volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.

Join 14,834+ volunteers who have added more than 516,657 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since 2013.


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