A Primary Source Transcription Mission!

The Wisconsin Food Administration's list of food substitutions for meatless and wheatless meals
Food substitutions for meatless and wheatless meals, 12/18/1917. From the Records of the U.S. Food Administration. National Archives Identifier 20737679.

This summer teachers in our Primarily Teaching institutes across the country found and digitized primary sources related to Chinese immigration, President Hoover, World War I, NASA, and Native American fishing rights.

These educators hand-picked documents that they knew would make useful teaching tools.

But now we’re inviting students, teachers, and learners of all ages to make these primary sources even more accessible by transcribing them. To help:

  1. Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.
  2. Log in.
  3. Head to our Transcription Missions page and click on “Teacher-Found Primary Sources.”
  4. Click on a document.
  5. Select the “View/Add Contributions” button located below all images in the catalog.
  6. Select the “Transcribe” tab for the page of the record you would like to transcribe.
  7. Select the “Edit” button and remember to save frequently.
Join the Navy Poster
Join the Navy Poster, 1919. From the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments. National Archives Identifier 20762200.

These primary sources are available in the National Archives Catalog as well as on DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents. They form the basis of teacher-created online learning activities and are ready to be used by any DocsTeach member in new activities.

Motion to Quash Indictment of Leo Dergis
Motion to Quash Indictment of Leo Dergis, 8/9/1917. From the Records of District Courts of the United States. National Archives Identifier 20737612.

We’ll incorporate all transcriptions into the new and improved version of DocsTeach that launches next year with a transcription feature!

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