This August, we're asking you to focus your efforts on the oh-so-important process of reviewing pages and the impact it has. For new and long-time volunteers, you can find advice and instructions on how to review in our how-tos. All you need is an active user account and an interest in close reading!
Usually when we issue a challenge we have a numerical goal in mind but this month's challenge will be different. We're encouraging you to join us for a summer slowdown. Read the text out loud, do a bit of research on the people represented in what you're reviewing, search for particular people or places in the Library's catalog, or just enjoy savoring the words and ideas expressed in the Library's collections. All month long we'll be highlighting projects that need particular focus, and we'll keep you updated on your progress. Check out our History Hub post for more details. We hope you'll share with us and other volunteers what you're learning!
Over the course of August, here's what you can expect:
- Weekly e-newsletters featuring particular campaigns needing review and updates on volunteer progress to-date
- Daily Tweets highlighting what you've found while reviewing and sharing review tips
- Updates on your weekly review activity and progress here, our Review Month space on History Hub
- Collaboration with the Smithsonian Transcription Center (more info below)
- A celebratory virtual event and blog post featuring your insights at the end of the month!
#ReviewWithUs (and the Smithsonian!)
We're excited to work with our friends at the Smithsonian Transcription Center on review activities this month! Follow along on Twitter using the hashtags #ReviewWithUs and #SummerSlowdown. If you aren't already a Smithsonian volunteer, register!
To celebrate the week and our amazing reviewers, we hosted joint Zoom office hours session on Friday, August 20rd at 3:00pm EDT! We enjoyed talking all things review with some of you, and our Smithsonian counterparts. We may join more of these events in the future so stay tuned.
We will be posting a collaborative blog post with the Smithsonian in the coming weeks highlighting your best review tips and stories. Do you have more to share? Comment below or email us at email@example.com.
Focus areas for each week!
Looking for somewhere to practice or hone your review skills? Here are projects that need a little bit of help to get them over the finish line! Can you jump in to review the remaining pages?
Week 1, Aug 1-7:
- Launched in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the papers of the National American Women's Suffrage Association reveal the fascinating history of the women's rights movement. Help us review the 2,000+ pages left in the General Correspondence: Q-Z project!
- Kitty Barry Blackwell was an Irish orphan adopted by Elizabeth Blackwell (the first woman in America to receive a medical degree) and served as her mother's companion and secretary. Blackwell's correspondence-the family series, the general series, and her miscellaneous papers-contain an insider perspective on her family's life and work.
Week 2, Aug 8-14:
- We are this close to closing out the first series of the Theodore Roosevelt papers! Only ~1,500 pages left to review. The remaining pages cover Roosevelt's emergence as the vice presidential nominee and the run-up to the presidential election of 1900.
- We still need help reviewing the papers of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). This week, we're focusing on the H-P correspondence file, containing ~2,500 pages in need of your attention! Some of the names in this series that you might recognize include Julia Ward Howe (wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"), Helen Keller (disability rights advocate), and Sylvia Pankhurst (British suffragist).
Week 3, Aug 15-22:
- Did you know we celebrate Clara Barton's 200th birthday this year? Help mark the occasion by reviewing the remaining ~1,100 pages in the Clara Barton General Correspondence series! Her letters reveal Barton's interest in humanitarian work as well as other progressive movements including temperance and women's suffrage.
- A life-long reformer, Lucy Stone fought for women's suffrage and abolition on numerous fronts during her liftime. Learn more her circle of correspondants and friends by reviewing the last remaining pages (~1,400 in total) in the following projects:
Week 4, Aug 23-29:
It's the final week of review month! This week, we're returning to the focus areas for the month to see if we can finish up any of these projects.
- In the first two weeks, you helped us complete over 600 pages from the National Women Suffrage Organization papers. Help us review the remaining ~2,300 pages in the H-P series! And the ~1,900 pages left in the General Correspondence: Q-Z project!
- You reviewed over 500 pages and completed an entire series from Kitty Barry Blackwell's papers! Let's close out her family series, and general correspondence!
- Only ~100 pages left in the first series of the Theodore Roosevelt papers! Volunteers reviewed over 1,300 pages from this series in the month of August.
- Last week, you completed 300 pages from Clara Barton General Correspondence series. Help us finish up the rest in preparation for Clara's 200th birthday in December!
- Review the remaining pages in the Lucy Stone papers! Last week, you focused on the following series and completed hundreds of pages:
Review Month Progress
We'll be tracking where we start and what we accomplish each week. Keep an eye on this space for weekly updates:
|Date||Pages completed||Weekly transcription actions|
|August 1-7, 2021||2,347||10,381|
|August 23-31||4,186||12, 306|