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      • 30. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
        suzanne piecuch Adventurer

        Fascinating interests, Julie!


        Regarding your interest in psychiatry, have you ever been to the Glore Psychiatry Museum in Missouri? I stumbled upon it some years ago. Quite the surreal experience, as it's housed in an old ward and was creepily empty but for the displays of bizarre therapy methods and related paraphernalia.


        Also, I think of Nellie Bly who got herself committed in order to write an article about psychiatric wards. She had some nerve! Her story, "10 days in a Madhouse" is an intense chilling read and thankfully led to some reforms, if I remember it correctly.


        I look forward to checking out your website.



        • 31. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.

          Hello everyone! I am a public history grad student who loves documents and just really want to get my feet wet in the world of archives. This looks like it's going to be so much fun! I love research, books, American history, and this is like the best Christmas present ever!



          • 32. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
            Lauren Algee Scout

            Thanks for joining us, Jessica!  Congrats on making it through the semester!  I hope as you have questions or thoughts on the intersection of crowdsourcing and public history you'll share them here.


            And if you'll allow me to get a little sentimental -- having active and eager volunteers contribute to our projects AND become part of this community is such a gift to us!

            • 33. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
              Lauren Algee Scout

              Seconding suzanne piecuch's comments that family history sounds super interesting!  And I appreciate the thought in wanting to pay some transcription forward into the history community!


              We do have some exciting materials on the history of psychiatry lined up for release, hopefully in the next year. But in the meantime you might find your interests peaked by the already-available diaries of Clara Barton. Barton struggled with depression and mental exhaustion throughout her life. In 1876 she moved to a Danville, New York sanitorium for recuperation. In 1883-1884 Barton also served as superintendent of  Women's Reformatory Prison, Sherborn, Massachusetts; I imagine that work would also overlap with your interest in women's institutions.

              • 34. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                Sharon McKinley Adventurer

                It looks as though folks have stopped introducing themselves. I think it's great to know a bit about fellow transcribers and reviewers, though, so here I am.


                I'm a retired music cataloger from the Library of Congress (which is how I know Julie Mangin). I have worked with manuscripts a bit here and there, and with correspondence in German and English. It's a giant puzzle, and I love being able to decipher handwriting. I've flitted about a bit, from Clara Barton to a few Lincoln letters, to Mary Church Terrell's German diaries (but not the ones in the unreadable script!). It's great fun, and it's nice to meet a bunch of like-minded people. Hope to see more of you as time goes on. It's wonderful to be in on the project as it develops, and perhaps contribute to the process.


                Sharon McKinley

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                • 35. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                  Lauren Algee Scout

                  Welcome, Sharon! Sorry for mis-identifying you on another thread, but we're very glad you're here. I agree that it's really nice to have a chance to learn about the folks we're working with on this project and chatting with in this space. Thank you for wanting to stay involved with the Library! It's fantastic that you and Julianne Mangin want to bring your experience to this project. Do you have any advice about how me might let other retired staff know about this volunteer opportunity (and do you think they would be interested)?


                  p.s. We are hoping to eventually have some music-related collections, so stay tuned!

                  • 36. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                    Henry Rosenberg Tracker

                    Welcome aboard Jessica. I have been doing the diaries written in English. Please give the German ones a try. At the beginning it was difficult but as you do more, it gets somewhat easier. It is daunting to look at a page and see scribbles but as you learn her letters, it gets easier. Recently, they changed the review process where we can edit pages we had submitted for review and I was shocked at the mistakes I made early on. I can't do the German or French so if you can do German, we really need you. Good luck and welcome.





                    • 37. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.

                      Hello everyone - Donna here.


                      To paraphrase Anne McCaffrey - I'm Scottish, in my 60s, my hair is silver, and the rest is subject to change without notice.


                      I have, at various times, been a shop assistant, computer programmer, library assistant, technical support rep, secretary, communications manager, web developer, web accessibility specialist and online technical and admin support person. Heh! They do say variety is the spice of life!


                      Many years ago, when records started to become available online, I started researching our family history, and spent several years decyphering scanned copies of hand-written official records of births, marriages, deaths, census returns, wills, etc. I found a lot of really useful information in the FamilySearch records, and wanting to give something back in thanks to those who transcribed the records that enabled me to uncover my own family's history, I then started getting involved in transcribing records, so that they'd be available for others to search and read. That was also fuelled by my awareness of how difficult (or impossible) it is for someone with less than perfect sight to access the information contained in scanned documents - they rely on transcriptions to be able to read that information. So for some years I've been doing intermittent bursts of transcribing with FamilySearch and other online services.


                      Then I recently stumbled across a reference to CROWD and the work being done here with these fascinating documents which are of interest and relevance to people not just in the US, but around the world.


                      And so here I am to add my little bit.


                      -- Donna

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                      • 38. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.

                        Welcome Donna!


                        We love to hear from volunteers and the rich experience you all bring to this project. One of the key ingredients to successful crowdsourcing is diversity, so we welcome the 'spice of life'


                        These are such great reasons for getting involved in transcription in general, and we're of course so glad to have you on By the People in particular. Thanks for sharing your time and experience with us.



                        • 39. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.

                          Hello! My name is Erin, and I'm here thanks to someone on Facebook (can't remember who) linking to a blog post (can't remember which) about transcribers being needed for Suffragist documents at the Library of Congress. I'm new to crowd.loc.gov, but not to transcribing: I'm the Senior Cataloger responsible for (among other things) 16th- and 17th-century manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, so I work with documents being transcribed in Early Modern Manuscripts Online and Shakespeare's World.

                          The problem with having a job that I love is that it's hard to leave it behind at the end of the work day, and I picked up the bad habit of continuing to putter away at work-related things on evenings and weekends. However, I've recently begun making a concerted effort not to think about work after hours. The enforced change of mental scenery has been good for my well-being, but took away one of my hobbies. Now, thanks to having seen the random blog post, I've got it back!

                          Reading 19th- and 20th-century cursive is a relaxing change from secretary hand, and I'm enjoying learning about the American women's suffrage movement -- I'm familiar with people and events related to Canadian and British women's rights, but find myself having to do a fair bit of Googling around to figure out who and what are being talked about in these letters. Also, it gives me a kick to see so many Washington, DC, addresses -- yesterday I transcribed a couple of letters that Frederick Douglas wrote to Anna E. Dickinson from a house that I walk past on my way to the bus stop after work.

                          • 40. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                            Sharon McKinley Adventurer

                            Welcome, Erin! Lots of folks posted the latest campaign on Facebook, and at least one of my friends has already joined in.


                            I followed your link, and I think I'll leave the secretary hand to you. No wonder you think this is relaxing! Enjoy!


                            Sharon McKinley

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                            • 41. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.

                              Hello - I recently stumbled upon the link for CROWD while visiting the LOC and right away my interest was peeked! I have been in search of an additional volunteer opportunity to coincide with my interests in genealogy, history, and sleuthing and it appears transcribing for CROWD projects offers all this and more.


                              As a young teen family stories from my grandmother were instrumental in guiding me to the world of genealogy. Initially, I deciphered and transcribed data from family sources such as the back of photos (another passion), bible pages and other handwritten documents. Later, working for a telecommunications company allowed me to transcribe unclear script for quality assurance and accurate billing; furthering my deciphering skills. Soon after, the ever-expanding internet opened a wide world of data which often required verification of transcribed information or deciphering handwriting to confirm the accuracy of family members on census forms. In the past several years I taken advantage of opportunities to travel overseas and discover new sources of family data like a recent visit to the Irish Family History Centre in Dublin where I located a potential new family member.


                              I am excited now to learn more about transcribing and contributing toward the needs of CROWD projects! 


                              ~Deborah (Deb) Hathorn

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                              • 42. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                                Lauren Algee Scout

                                Hi Erin!  Thanks for joining in!


                                My colleague and fellow community manager, V. Van Hyning (formerly of By the People LOC) worked on the Shakespeare's World project as part of the Zooniverse team before joining Library of Congress. We'll have to meet in person sometime as we're next-door work neighbors!


                                I also love the DC connections throughout the Barton, Whitman, and Lincoln documents -- but especially Mary Church Terrell's! Did you know she was still fighting for civil rights into the 1950s? She participated in integration protests at Landsburgh's Department store downtown when she was nearly 90!  The building is at 7th and F NW and has since been named for her and bears a plaque about her activism there. Her home is also still standing in LeDroit Park.

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                                • 43. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                                  Lauren Algee Scout

                                  Welcome, Deb!  We've heard from many folks who have come to By the People through genealogy. It's such a great way to hone your research and paleography skills while connecting to broader history through your own. We're glad you're here!


                                  I'm not sure we can measure up to Dublin, but the Library of Congress is also a fantastic place to visit. Perhaps a trip is in your future!


                                  As you dig in, I hope you'll ask questions and share stories here. By the People volunteers are a friendly and helpful bunch.

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                                  • 44. Re: Introduce yourself and meet the crowd.loc.gov community.
                                    Henry Rosenberg Tracker

                                    Is 7th and F the Terrell Building? I have passed it from time to time.


                                    She also fought to desegregate Thompson's Restaurant in the late 40's to early 50's. I have just come across documents in 1934 where she and others are protesting exclusion of blacks from the House of Representatives restaurant. Can you imagine?


                                    In 1952, she voted for Adlai Stevenson, the first time she had ever voted for a Democrat. Interesting, since she was born while Lincoln was President. She must have realized that the party of Lincoln was not helping blacks with civil rights.


                                    This is fascinating stuff.


                                    Have a good weekend,



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