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Native American Photographs Tagging Mission


Citizen Archivists, we have a new mission for you! More than 18,000 photographs from the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are now available in the National Archives Catalog. We are looking for Citizen Archivists to add specific topical subject tags to each photograph in the Record Group.

Black and white photo of woman and child by teepee
Black and white photo of two men working on stone house construction

L: Women and child by teepee, ca. 1936. National Archives Identifier 285205
R: Stone House during Construction / Men Working. National Archives Identifier 7867978

Check out the mission page for the list of topical subject tags. Please add one or more of these topical subject tags to each photograph in the mission. Tagging Native American records with these topical subjects will make them more searchable in the Catalog, and will help organize them by subject for use in future projects and resource guides.

For this project, all tags should be added to the left side of the image and description, as shown in this example:

Screenshot of photo from Catalog showing a group of men in a class photo. To the left of the image shows tags added to description
Moscow, Idaho School of Welding class photo, ca. 1940. National Archives Identifier 285195

In addition to adding at least one of the tags in the list, you are welcome to add as many other descriptive tags as you would like. For this project, you can even add a topical subject tag if the term is already found in the Title or Scope and Content Note. Please see our What Makes A Good Tag how-to guide to learn more about tagging.

Black and white photograph of men constructing a stone house
Black and white photo of a family standing in front of a stone house.
L: Camp Building- Mt. Goseping L.O. National Archives Identifier 118973791
R: M&M Bluecloud, Daughter and Granddaughter by Home. National Archives Identifier 7867887

Check out the mission page and get started tagging! Thank you for helping make these rich records more accessible.

New to the citizen archivist program? Learn how to register and get started.

Black and white photograph of a young girl sitting in the doorway of a reed house
Black and white photograph of a woman feeding goats

L: Indian girl in native dress sitting in doorway of reed summer house, ca. 1935. National Archives Identifier 285204
R: Women feeding goats, ca. 1940. National Archives Identifier 285246

New in the Catalog

Lantern Slides of Navy Vessels and the Fifth Marine Regiment in France during World War I, ca. 1917 - ca. 1963. National Archives Identifier 559374

This series consists of lantern slides taken during World War I. Some of the images document the activities of the Fifth Marine Regiment serving under General Charles A. Doyen, United States Marine Corps, during June of 1917.

Slide showing two men sitting atop a stone wall talking
Slide showing car full of U.S. Marines driving down a road while a group of people watch and wave

L: Lantern Slide of Explaining Baseball to a British Sailor. National Archives Identifier 178140484
R: Lantern Slide of Greeting U.S. Marines in France. National Archives Identifier 178140520

In addition, this series includes views of various naval vessels from World War I. Some of the images are artist renderings of ships from that era. Among the types of ships pictured are destroyers, battleships, and submarines.

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1 Million Pages!

We reached a BIG milestone.

Thanks to our community of Citizen Archivists, more than ONE MILLION pages of records are now enhanced by citizen archivist contributions to the National Archives Catalog!

Animated gif of group of people cheering
US National Archives on Giphy. Source: America in Space - The First Decade, 1968. National Archives Identifier 45015

This goal is part of the National Archives Strategic Plan, 2018-2022, which was established as a way to Connect with Customers, encouraging the public to engage with their government and explore American history by contributing unique content to the National Archives Catalog.

All of your contributions—including tags, transcriptions and comments—help improve search results for our records and make handwritten or difficult-to-read text accessible for a wider audience.

Looking for records from a previous citizen archivist mission? Wondering what types of records we’ve featured in transcription missions recently?

Check out our new Mission History page to see what our community of citizen archivists have been working on lately!
We couldn't have made it to 1 million pages without our Citizen Archivists. A big thank you to our top contributors of all time!

1. smithal
2. lcahalan
3. gypsi
4. PhillipEverettBacon
5. Trumanvol
6. SPietro
7. SAO
8. Nightingale
9. MM2
10. DonnaDP

11. maileann

12. WWEBER

13. garywysocki

14. jammon49

15. tmccolle

16. Ceili

17. Conrad

18. bibliophile

19. dar4cubs

20. Groenblad

World War II poster of a woman reading a letter. Top says Thanks gang, for the swell job you're doin
World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945, 'Thanks, Gang, for the Swell Job You're Doin'". National Archives Identifier 514685

Let's keep moving to the next million! Check our latest citizen archivist missions and get started transcribing today. Every contribution you make helps unlock a piece of history.

New to the citizen archivist program? Learn how to register and get started.

Introducing the Presidential Library Explorer

You may remember the launch of our Record Group Explorer last year, a data visualization tool to help you navigate the universe of records held at the National Archives.

We are pleased to share our second next-generation finding aid: the Presidential Library Explorer!

Screenshot of William Clinton Presidential Library display

This tool is a new path into the digitized holdings of NARA’s Presidential Libraries, providing a browseable experience that complements the deep dive that search in the National Archives Catalog provides.

The Presidential Library Explorer provides a visual summary of each Library, featuring:

  • a compelling image from each Library at the top,
  • a bar that indicates the scanning progress for each Library,
  • portals for browsing records within each Library organized by format,
  • portals for descriptions that do not have scans online,
  • and a call to action for citizen archivists.
Screenshot of Presidential Library Explorer showing how to browse our records

Give our Presidential Library Explorer a try! We’d love to hear your feedback about how you may find this tool useful, and how we can further improve it.

The data powering the Presidential Library Explorer will be updated monthly, so check back to see what we have added and any changes we’ve made. Also stay tuned for future next-generation finding aid projects in the works!


Questions about Presidential Records?  Bring them to the Presidential Records community here on History Hub

Or share your presidential knowledge with other community members!

New in the Catalog

We love patents! Thousands of new patent drawings were added to this series that consists of patent drawings illustrating proposed inventions of various types of equipment containing mechanical components.

Utility Patent Drawings, 1837 - 1911

We are sure to have some aspiring citizen archivist inventors out there! Do these patent drawings inspire your creativity?

Patent drawing of improvement to knitting machine
H. Pease Improvement in Knitting-Machines, 6/25/1872. National Archives Identifier 177838873

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19th Amendment Centennial

The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, but this landmark event was not the beginning or the end of the story for women and the struggle for the right to vote. The National Archives holds the records that help tell this story, including petitions, legislation, court cases, and more.

Image of 19th Amendment document

As the home of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Constitutional amendment that guaranteed that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Animated GIF of women marching
US National Archives on Giphy. Source: General Marshall is Sworn in as the New Secretary of State, 2/21/1947. National Archives Identifier 23889
We are kicking off this 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration with a brand new Citizen Archivist mission! Join us and transcribe newly digitized records that document the suffrage movement.
Document showing petition in favor of suffrage amendment
Document show a petition of women in favor of suffrage amendment

L: Petitions of Citizens of California in Favor of a Suffrage Amendment.  National Archives Identifier 169164461
R: Petition of Women of the First Congressional District of Illinois in Favor of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. National Archives Identifier 167059974

These records include petitions to Congress for and against suffrage for women, resolutions, letters, telegrams, endorsements, resolutions, and memorials. Every word you transcribe helps make the records easier to find in the Catalog.

New to the citizen archivist program? Learn how to register and get started.

#19SuffrageStories

The campaign for women’s suffrage was long, difficult, and often dramatic.

Diverse communities and organizations blazed the trail for equal voting rights across the nation. For many women, especially women of color, the fight didn’t end when the 19th Amendment went into effect on August 26, 1920. Yet the stories of these suffragists have often been overlooked.

Image of women holding banner reading "19 stories about women and voting"

To mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives are collaborating to bring these stories to you on social media.

Follow #19SuffrageStories on Instagram and Twitter now until August 26 to learn voting-rights history from the Library of Congress (@LibraryCongress on Instagram and Twitter), the National Archives (@USNatArchives), and the Smithsonian (@Smithsonian) about the many, diverse women who fought for voting rights, long before and long after the amendment passed.

Join us and use our set of animated social media GIFs and Instagram stickers on your social media posts to mark the centennial.

Animated GIF of Ida B. Wells saying "The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them."
Animated GIF of Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin saying "Indian women were among the first suffragists"

We also invite you to join the National Archives online as we highlight records from our holdings and examine the fight for women’s voting rights through virtual public programs for all ages. Throughout August, we will explore the complex story of the struggle for women’s suffrage, leading up to and beyond the certification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. Visit our 19th Amendment Centennial Events page to view and sign up for our events, programs and activities.

Animated GIF of purple and yellow banner that reads "Lifting as we climb"
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Also be sure to explore the Women's Rights and Suffrage community here on History Hub!  Bring your questions about the 19th Amendment or help answer other users' questions about the history of women's suffrage!

The Catalog Newsletter

Learn about newly added records and receive tips on using the Catalog's features, functionality, and guides. The National Archives Catalog is the online public portal to our records where you can learn more about our holdings. This email newsletter is delivered on a biweekly basis. Subscribe to the National Archives Catalog Newsletter