October 24th marks one whole year of the Library of Congress crowdsourcing program By the People!
In just 12 months, we've added a total of 11 campaigns for virtual volunteers anywhere in the world to transcribe, review, and tag, including Clara Barton’s diaries, drafts of Walt Whitman's poetry, and the fieldwork papers of ethnomusicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax (https://go.usa.gov/xpcGZ)!
Over 11,000 volunteers have registered and even more have contributed anonymously. Together you’ve completed over 31,000 pages and another 55,000 await peer review. Remember, review is a vital step to getting transcriptions published back on the Library's main website. Read more about your year 1 accomplishments in this blog post.
We are so grateful to each and every one of you who has contributed to this project. Even if you only transcribe one sentence or one page, you're bringing us nearer to our goal of making Library of Congress materials word searchable and discoverable. We hope that you're also having fun and satisfying your curiosity by delving into these historic collections. And don't worry, to keep pace with your amazing energies, we'll keep adding more materials!
What have been your favorite pages, discoveries, or knew bits of knowledge found during this first year?