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Update 2/3/20:

Congratulations on completing another successful challenge! Together we moved the number of completed pages in the Alan Lomax Campaign from 1,732 to over 3,000 to celebrate Alan Lomax's 105th birthday. To thank volunteers, our partners at the Association for Cultural Equity http://www.culturalequity.org/, and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress made a special playlist of Lomax recordings inspired by the campaign that you can access via Spotify. Songs include "Worried Now, Won't be Worried Long," by Sidney Carter, "The Moonshiner," by Daw Henson and "Sink 'Em Low," by Bessie Jones. We hope you'll listen as you keep reviewing Alan Lomax pages! The more we review, the more we can publish on loc.gov, and the sooner we'll bring out new Lomax materials for you to transcribe.

 

Update 1/31:

As of 4pm ET on January 31st we're so close to meeting our goal, but we're not there yet. 2,962 out of 3000 pages. Can you help us get over the line? As an incentive, and a big thank you for all your hard work so far, our friends at the Association for Cultural Equity, which champions the legacy of Alan Lomax and those whom he recorded, has made a special playlist for our challenge. Help us close it out while you listen to the songs and interviews of some of the very documents you're reviewing! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3m2KvoIidTdcCBXg1YXn9x

 

Update 1/15: 

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

 

Original post:

 

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!