Transcribe Anti-Slavery Letters to Help Historians

This is a really interesting project if you have some time on your hands and would like to spend it productively. (I transcribed a few letters earlier and probably will do more later)

The Boston Public Library has a collection of letters that were sent to and from anti-slavery activists in the 19th century. The only problem: They’re handwritten, which makes them hard to read and impossible to search. This is where you come in.

The library is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the letters in its Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project. When you sign in, you’ll see a letter, with lines of script underlined (or, if you are the first to transcribe this document, you’ll underline them yourself). Click and you can either type what that line of the document seems to say, or you can agree with a previous volunteer’s transcription. With multiple people working on each document, you’re each checking each other’s work.