Citizen Archivist Missions
Ready to start tagging and transcribing? We’ve curated these topical missions to help you jump in and contribute! Click on a topic that interests you, and it will bring you right to those historical records in our Catalog. Tagging and transcribing makes these records more accessible to everyone. New missions are added and updated regularly, so check back often to see what’s new.
Transcribe pretrial interrogation transcripts, summaries and other pertinent records for nearly 200 individuals who were questioned by the Interrogation Division of the U.S. Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality (OCCPAC). These interrogations were for the benefit of the U.S. prosecution staff at Nuremberg. The persons questioned included not only defendants before the Tribunal but also friendly and unfriendly witnesses.
Carded Service Records of Hospital Attendants, Matrons and Nurses, 1861 – 1865
Help us transcribe records relating to the service of hospital attendants, matrons and nurses. They list the name, hospital muster roll and date of original record, when attached, capacity in which employed, by whom and to what date last paid, whether present or absent, and remarks. Copy our template of the form to speed up your transcription work: history.gov/message/31205
African American History
The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience. Explore our records documenting African American History and help transcribe these records to make them more searchable and discoverable in the Catalog. More information about African American research can be found on our website, archives.gov/research/african-americans
TVA Family Removal and Population Readjustment Case Files, 1937 – 1948
Transcribe case histories and family surveys of individuals affected by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) acquisition of land for dam and power production projects. Find a page without a blue tag and start transcribing. Thanks to Citizen Archivist Alex for the suggestion!
Index to Final Pension Payment Vouchers, 1818 – 1864
Transcribe these index cards that include name, agency of payment, date of act, date of payment and date of death.
Award Cards, 1942 – 1963
Help us transcribe this large series of index cards for awards that include the Purple Heart, Air Medal Decoration, Commendation Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, and Distinguished Flying Cross. Information included consists of: name, service number, rank, general order number, order date and issuing organization, award type, date awarded and more.
World War II and Korean War Photographs
Help us transcribe the captions of these photographs documenting the activities of the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors during World War II and the Korean War, as well as U.S. military aviation history. You are welcome to also tag features and details you see in each photo.
Oaths of New Masters, 1930 – 1967
Transcribe oaths prepared on printed forms in which masters swear that they are U. S. citizens, the vessel will be used only for the purpose stated in its license, and it will not be used to defraud the United States government of revenue.
Don’t Leave Us Hanging
Help us complete these records that have not been fully transcribed.