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Thank you for your question, and for considering our citizen archivist program for your students! We interviewed a professor of English who created a document transcription and analysis assignment for undergraduate level students. You can read the interview and learn more about her experience here: https://narations.blogs.archives.gov/2017/02/09/teaching-from-the-archives/
We have many resources and getting started videos on our Citizen Archivist pages: https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/resources
Additionally, Document Analysis worksheets and information are available in our Educator Resources section on our website: https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/worksheets
We hope this is a helpful start! We are also happy to help identify records relevant to your coursework that might be a good fit for your students. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Community Manager, National Archives Catalog
Is there a required minimum age to be a citizen archivist?
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Hi there, Karen:
There is no required minimum age to be a citizen archivist, but a valid email address is required to create a Catalog account and participate. In general, the minimum age to obtain a researcher card and conduct research at the National Archives is 14, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please also keep in mind that records at the National Archives cover a variety of historical topics, and not all history is G-rated. If you are working with students under the age of 18, we recommend working within the protocols at your school to obtain appropriate permissions, and also to ensure the quality of the work completed.
Thanks for your great question!