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Digital Volunteering

Transcribing the Collection

Join our digital volunteer network on Zooniverse and help us transcribe documents. As a way to make our collection more accessible, this work will create additional resources and knowledge about Colorado history and will have significant impact for researchers throughout the world. 

Out of the Archives →

This project includes 10 sets of record-keeping ledgers for the archive collection. History Colorado has collected for over 140 years and holds millions of archive items including approximately 30,000 books, 3,000 maps, and other unique items and each has a corresponding entry in one of these ledgers. These ledgers date back to the early 1900s and are History Colorado's first records for the archive collections and contain information about when they came in, from whom, and other pertinent data. Help us transcribe each one of these ledgers so we can better preserve these ledgers and match the provenance to each item.

 

William Henry Jackson Records →

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was an artist and photographer that explored much of the west and worked on many geological surveys. He was one of the first photographers to publish photographs for Yellowstone and Mesa Verde. The William Henry Jackson collection held by History Colorado contains thousands of the photographer's original photographs, ranging from his early work on the Hayden Expeditions in the 1870s through his career in publishing in the early 1900s. In addition to his original photographs, Jackson's own records from his time at Detroit Publishing Company are also held in the collection. These ledgers provide crucial information about many of the photographs, such as the date taken, brief additional notes, and whether they were reproduced for distribution. Transcribing Jackson's ledgers will greatly increase the accessibility of his records for research use, and provide valuable information behind his iconic and prolific photographs.