The Library of Congress (LOC) is home to a vast repository of documents, many of which have been digitized but need to be transcribed to become fully searchable. Launched by the LOC in November 2018, By the People is the web platform for the LOC's crowdsourced document transcription campaigns. Here, anyone interested in participating can "transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library's collections." In addition to making the documents searchable, these transcriptions also make them accessible to readers with vision challenges, or who are unable to decipher the handwriting from decades past. The materials available for transcription run the gamut of the LOC's diverse holdings. Current transcription campaigns include the papers of multiple leading suffragists like Mary Church Terrell, the manuscripts of poet Walt Whitman, and letters written to Abraham Lincoln. For educators interested in using By the People in their classrooms, the site provides a collection of teaching ideas and LOC lesson plans relevant to some of the campaigns. No account registration is required to participate in By the People, but those who choose to register can access additional features, such as reviewing other volunteers' transcriptions.
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