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WikiProject NARA

This project is to co-ordinate efforts to retrieve and present works stored by the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

You are transcribing or proofreading a single page of the document you have selected. The goal is to accurately type into the box below the exact text displayed in the image to the right, including all original punctuation, spelling, spacing, and formatting, and or to independently verify another contributor's transcription. Please note: if the page is not part of a document that contains textual or spoken content suitable for transcription, it is not appropriate for inclusion at Wikisource. Perhaps you could expand the description at the Wikimedia Commons file information page instead?

  1. Before you begin, you are encouraged to create an account. This is not required, but unregistered users cannot use all of the site's features. You won't need to give any personal information.
  2. Please explore the editing tools available to you at the top of the input box below for formatting marks and advanced wiki code. When in doubt, just do your best and let the next editor correct any issues you had.

    You can also zoom in on the image with the "Proofread tools".

    Use the "Preview" button to see how something looks before saving.

  3. Wikisource tracks progress on transcriptions with a color-coded page status system. Once you are logged-in, you should notice the colored buttons just above the "Save" button below the input box.
    • Once you think you have completely and accurately transcribed a page, click the yellow button for Proofread before saving the page. This means only one contributor (you!) has verified its contents.
    • If the page was already marked proofread when you got here, your job is to validate the transcription you see in the box below you. You can tell because the yellow button will already be marked, and you will have the option to mark it green. Please make any necessary corrections and then click the green button for Validated before saving the page.
  4. Once the transcription is completed, whether it's proofread or validated, please list the document to the project page so we can keep track of change.
  5. Remember, this is a wiki. Mistakes can be fixed by more experienced editors. So, be bold and have fun!
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About WikiProject NARA


The United States National Archives and Records Administration is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records. It holds a huge quantity of information, much of which falls under What Wikisource Includes. However, many records, while nominally available to the public, are not easily accessed over the Internet. This WikiProject aims to co-ordinate and oversee the addition of valuable works from NARA in the Wikisource corpus. It provides a common discussion area, lists of works that are wanted, in progress, needing work, and ready for "normal" proofreading to begin.

It is hoped that this project will attract users from outside Wikisource, and there is plenty to do without being acquainted with the full Wikisource system (although if we can persuade new users to stay, so much the better!).

If you are new to WikiProject NARA, please read Getting involved for a guide on basic workflow, as well a list of users who can help you.

People on the ground


This summer, we are lucky to have a Wikimedian, Dominic, on the ground at NARA who can source documents for us that are incomplete, damaged or not accessible over the normal NARA web interface.

Project map

  • Wikisource talk:WikiProject NARA: General talk about WikiProject:NARA.
  • Getting involved: A guide on getting involved in this project.
  • To retrieve: A list of works that are wanted from NARA.
  • To prepare: Works that have been retrieved from NARA and need basic Wikisource groundwork doing, such as collating to DjVu, OCR, index creating and linking to and from the relevant Portals.
  • Completed: Works that have been prepared for normal editing.