Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A New Crowdsourcing Project from the Library of Congress

Last year the Library of Congress introduced a new online project called Crowd. The project invites teachers, students, and anyone interested in history to contribute to the transcription of primary source documents. The documents are arranged in thematic collections that the LOC calls "campaigns."

This week the Library of Congress added a new campaign to Crowd. The latest campaign is called Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote. As of this morning the campaign has nearly 24,000 documents that need to be transcribed. Included amongst those 24,000 documents are letters, journals, and never-before-published works from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Anna E. Dickinson.

Applications for Education
As I've written before, participating in one of the LOC's Crowd campaigns could be a good opportunity for high school students and some middle school students to learn through primary source documents while contributing to a national project. Getting started on a Crowd campaign is fairly easy. In the video that is embedded below I demonstrate how to participate in a Crowd campaign.