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If you can read handwriting, you can transcribe. Help make historic archives from Middlebury’s Special Collections accessible to future generations. Over a thousand pages of manuscripts need you.

Letter from Horace Greeley  to Henry David Thoreau
A page from a letter written by the American newspaper editor Horace Greeley to Henry David Thoreau, February 5, 1847.

Sign up for a free account with the crowdsourcing transcription service FromthePage, and start exploring Middlebury’s collections.

Where should you start? How about 19th century catalogs listing scientific specimens collected by Middlebury’s Department of Geology? A letter sent to Henry David Thoreau by the antislavery activist James Redpath? What about letters sent home by Vermont’s Civil War soldiers serving on the frontlines? If those don’t tempt you, try correspondence from the Ernest Hemingway Family Archive or a letter by Emma Willard

Happy transcribing.

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