End The Debt! Decolonize! Liberate! Scroll Project

The End the Debt! Decolonize! Liberate! scroll project is a participatory cultural response to Hurricane María that tells the story of U.S. imperialism through the lens of the current economic and environmental state of Puerto Rico and its diaspora. The scroll was developed between AgitArte and collaborators in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and is part…
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Aggregating Annotations in the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project

Hi all, I am Coleman Krawczyk. My role for the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project has been building the data aggregation code. In other words, I write the code that combines each of the volunteers’ transcriptions into one consensus transcription. This is also the code that draws the underline markings on the pages to indicate what lines…
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Independent vs. Collaborative Transcription: Zooniverse Research & Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

In January, the Boston Public Library announced the launch of our Anti-slavery manuscript transcription website. This site was developed by a team from Zooniverse led by Dr. Samantha Blickhan. The goal of this project is to engage and enable a community of motivated citizens to help convert handwritten verse into machine readable text. This transcribed text…
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Featured Image: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor

Title: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor  Date: 1947 Location: Unknown Creator: U. S. Dept. of Labor Source: Perkins School for the Blind.  Collection: War Blind and Propaganda Poster Collection Description: A collection containing World War I and World War II materials--predominantly war propaganda posters, but also Red Cross and other national and…
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Featured Image: Pointed reaction

Title: Pointed reaction  Date: [ca. 1970–1973] Location: Newton, Massachusetts Creator: Germano, Eddie Source: Newton Free Library Collection: Collection of political cartoon drawings / Eddie Germano Description: Presented here is a collection of original black and white cartoon drawings by Eddie Germano, American cartoonist (b. 1924). Individual titles are given when available.  The cartoons relate mostly to…
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Featured Image: 101 Gould Street, Needham

Title: 101 Gould Street  Date: [ca. 1950–1955] Location: Needham, Massachusetts Creator: Needham Board of Assessors Source: Needham Free Public Library Collection: Needham Historical House Collection Description: The images are buildings in Needham taken by the Town of Needham Board of Assessors circa 1950-1955. These items were given to the Needham Free Public Library Archives as…
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The Boston Mob of 1835

Boston abolitionists faced great opposition from their fellow Northerners during the early years of the anti-slavery movement. To say that everyone in the North supported an end to slavery would not have been true. Many letters, which you can help transcribe online at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, discuss how pro-slavery mobs often interrupted abolitionist meetings…
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Featured Image: Art & Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing, Vol. 1

Title: Art & Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing, Vol. 1 Date: 1994 Location: Unknown Creator: Roberts, JoAnn Source: Digital Transgender Archive Collection: Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing Description: This collection contains several books from 1986 through 2000 that were created by JoAnn Roberts and published by Creative Design Services. These books give advice…
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Abolitionist Stationery

If you help transcribe abolitionist letters at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, you will come across a few letters that are printed on interesting stationery. Some abolitionists wrote their personal letters on letterhead with anti-slavery drawings. Sometimes, they used this stationery strategically when writing to individuals who held opposing views on emancipation. In a letter to…
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The Anti-slavery Fair

Female abolitionists played a key role in the abolitionist movement. In 1833, a group of Boston women decided to form their own organization. It was called the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, and it had both white and black members. The organization looked for ways to support the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (a local branch of the…
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