By the People is an online transcription platform where anyone with an internet connection can transcribe documents from Library of Congress digitized collections. Everyone is welcome to contribute!
This crowdsourcing project invites members of the public, non-specialists and specialists alike, to help make data more usable and discoverable. Crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress invites volunteers to explore collections while gaining new skills, for example, learning to read older forms of handwriting such as cursive.
Learn how to get started in our Welcome Guide and then jump in!
You do not have to register an account on crowd.loc.gov in order to transcribe, but you can register if you would like to review or tag. In order to make sure a transcription is submitted by a real human, anonymous users will be prompted to fill in a captcha before their first submission will be accepted. The Library’s captcha is an image of a few letters and numbers that you need to transcribe into the box below the image.
A session cookie will be used in your browser while you are transcribing so that you do not need to enter a captcha every time you work on a page. Session cookies for anonymous users are limited to 24 hours, so you will only be prompted to enter a captcha once a session.
Session cookies are used for registered users too, so that your contributions can be saved to your account. Check out your user profile to see how many pages you have transcribed, tagged and reviewed. Registered user session cookies last two weeks.
Image titles not linked are not available on loc.gov. Contact the Library of Congress custodial unit listed for information about access and use via Ask A Librarian
Anna E. Dickinson Papers
"Anna E. Dickinson". [Between 1855 and 1865]. Brady-Handy photograph collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Branch Rickey: Changing the Game
"Father of baseball farm system, Rickey checks his 18 minor-league teams on office blackboard with Branch Jr., farm boss". Rhodenbaugh, Harold, photographer. 1946. LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Carrie Chapman Catt Papers
"Catt, Carrie Chapman". Carrie Chapman Catt Papers: Miscellany; Photographs, Image 128. - 1920, 1890. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
"Battle of Port Hudson". J.O. Davidson; Facsimile print by L. Prang & Co. Boston. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Civil War Soldiers: "Disabled but not disheartened"
"Wm. Oland Bourne Papers: Left-hand Penmanship contest; Soldier and sailor contributions; Series I $1,000 in prizes, awarded in; Entries 221-230, Image 43". 1866. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
Clara Barton: "Angel of the Battlefield"
"Clara Barton - from portrait taken in Civil War and authorized by her as the one she wished to be remembered by". [between ca. 1890 and 1910]. LOT 8532. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers
"Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her daughter, Harriot--from a daguerreotype". [Between 1890 and 1910 of daguerreotype taken 1856]. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1979:169. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Letters to Lincoln
"Abraham Lincoln papers: Series 2. General Correspondence. -1864: Unknown to Abraham Lincoln, 1860 Envelope; endorsed by Lincoln". 1860. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
Mary Church Terrell: Advocate for African Americans and Women
"Mary Church Terrell, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front". [Between 1880 and 1900, printed later]. BIOG FILE - Terrell, Mary Church. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote
"Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago. National Woman's Party Records, Group II, Container II: 276, Folder: Group Photographs Nos. 45-58". Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
Susan B. Anthony Papers
"Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing, three-quarter length portrait". [Between 1880 and 1902]. BIOG FILE - Anthony, Susan Brownell. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Man Who Recorded the World: On the Road with Alan Lomax
"Alan Lomax and Raphael Hurtault listening to playback. La Plaine, Dominica". June 1962. Alan Lomax collection (AFC 2004/004), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
"This Hell-upon-earth of a Prison": Samuel J. Gibson's Andersonville Diary
"Andersonville Prison, Ga. South east view of stockade". [Photographed 1864, printed between 1880 and 1889]. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Walt Whitman at 200
"Walt Whitman". Cox, G. C., photographer. 1887. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.