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In many of our records we provide single individual digital images of each page, then one combined PDF of all the pages. This combined PDF is useful and easier for people who would like to download one file with all the pages, rather than download each individual page as a file.
However, when the record is only one page it can be confusing. When you advance to the second page to transcribe or to even view, you go to the single page PDF next. It is a duplicate of the record, in a different file format.
There is no need to transcribe the PDF as it would be a duplicate. Some Citizen Archivists will transcribe it by copying and pasting the previous page's transcription into the PDF.
Let us know if you have any other questions, we're happy to help!
Community Manager, National Archives Catalog
Thanks so much for the prompt reply. Your response is extremely helpful. Whew!