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Great question! I think the way you have been describing it with [drawing] is appropriate. Can you share the URL to the record in the National Archives Catalog? We'd love to see this interesting page.
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Here is the link to the the page that I loosely based my example on:
Anna Dickinson also does a lot of drawings that include text descriptions, and I never know if I should include the words that are within the illustrations or just ignore them. Here is an example of one of those. The person who transcribed this one did add the illustration text at the end of the document:
This is fascinating, Margaret! Thank you for sharing! We love these little pictographs and illustrations!
Suzanne (above) is one of the community managers for the National Archives' transcription project, Citizen Archivist (hi Suzanne!), and weighed in regarding their instructions thinking your question was about a Citizen Archivist page.
I wanted to clarify that for By the People projects we don't want you to make any notations in the transcription for non-text images - whether illustrations, photos, or pictograms as Dickinson used in your first example. Just skip over the image when transcribing. If you want to flag the drawings in some way, we recommend using tags to do so! "Drawing" would make a perfect tag
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