The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of government and historical records. It is also tasked with increasing public access to those documents which make up the National Archive. The Citizen Archivist program is a crowdsourced program to transcribe thousands of documents in the Archives' collection. Transcribing handwritten and typed documents helps researchers be able to search documents by keyword as well as for records to show up on search engines like Google. Transcription also allows documents to be read by screenreaders, making documents more accessible to blind and visually impaired people. GW volunteers will have the chance to transcribe documents of their choice that range from military records to documents pertaining to African American history.
Service will kick off on Saturday, August 29th at 5:00pm with an overview of the Citizen Archivist program and an introduction to the service. To join this session click here. The password is Nashman.
Individuals will work independently on the project before meeting again for reflection with their small group on Saturday, September 5th at 5:00pm.