Welcome to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Digital Volunteer Transcription Project.
You may start transcribing documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection by selecting one of the projects below.
If you have not yet signed up but would like to become a Gilder Lehrman Digital Volunteer and transcribe documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, please select a project from the list below and create a free account by selecting the "Create Account" option in the top menu bar and completing the form.
These typed transcripts will help make primary sources more accessible for students, teachers, and researchers. This volunteer opportunity is available to students who are at least thirteen years old.
To find out more about the Gilder Lehrman Collection projects, visit us on our project homepage at gilderlehrman.org.
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This transcription opportunity is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Black Lives in the Founding Era project, which restores to view the lives and works of a wide array of African Americans in the period 1760 to 1800. We encourage you to read more about the project here.
Content warning: The language and content of these materials may be difficult for some readers. Many of these documents pertain to the institution of slavery and racism in the eighteenth century and demonstrate the often harsh circumstances that Black men, women, and children faced. Students should be advised that while some of these materials may be upsetting, topics such as enslavement and racial violence are essential to the study of US history.
- Alaska Gold Rush Experiences
This project is comprised of two sets of correspondence, one from Charles G. Horsefall to his family and another set from Edwin B. Sherzer to his wife Clara. Both men made the trip to Alaska after the discovery of gold was announced. These two men share their experiences in Alaska starting in 1900.
- Thomas Rogers Booth Diaries
A collection of Diaries written by Thomas Rogers booth starting in 1861 until 1889. Booth was a railroad engineer from New Castle, Delaware. Some entries mention his travel however, these diaries have not been read so the content is largely a mystery waiting for transcribers.