Update:  As of January 15th, 2,200 pages have been completed -- 800 to go by the end of the month!

 

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You all are so good at challenges, we have another for the month of January! We're featuring Alan Lomax, whose 105th birthday would be on January 31st. Lomax was the most famous American folklorist of the 20th century. From 1936 to 1966 he traveled the country and the world recording thousands of musicians, storytellers, and other tradition-bearers. He worked with friends and family, as well as cultural icons such as Zora Neale Hurston and Pete Seeger. His detailed field notebooks document encounters with Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Bessie Jones and others.

 

So far we've made U.S. and Caribbean materials available, and are waiting until these are mostly complete before releasing materials from the United Kingdom. So this month we ask you to put your considerable talents and energy towards reviewing pages to bring the "completed" count to 3,000 by Alan's birthday on Jan. 31. This will let us start bringing transcriptions back to loc.gov, and will move us closer to adding new materials. Jump in to Lomax review here!

 

As of January 1st, 1,732 Lomax pages were complete -- 1,268 to go!