Aquinas Learning

ALJ Vol. 2, Issue 2, March 2019

Articles from the latest edition of the Aquinas Learning Journal.

Opportunity to Help Library of Congress Transcribe & Edit Key Historical Documents

The Library of Congress launched By the People ( in the autumn of 2018. The application invites you to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. These transcriptions will improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who are not fully sighted or cannot read the handwriting of the original documents.

This would make a fascinating point of discussion on a college application and could be a fun opportunity for homeschool parents looking for a creative way to stay mentally engaged in community efforts.

Current transcription campaigns include:

Letters to Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln led a busy life as a laborer, politician, lawyer, father, husband, and the first Republican President. Find out what occupied Abraham Lincoln’s mind by transcribing papers sent to him by friends, family, fellow lawyers and politicians, allies and adversaries, as well as his diverse constituents to complete picture of his life and times.

Branch Rickey (1881-1965): Branch helped break the color line in Major League Baseball by recruiting Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Explore his scouting reports, which document Rickey's skill in analyzing a player's game.

Mary Church Terrell: Advocate for African Americans and Women. Terrell helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights movement. Learn how she helped to found the NAACP, and fought for the advancement of African Americans and women.

Civil War Soldiers, "Disabled but not disheartened": William Oland Bourne (1819-1901) was a reformer, poet, editor, and clergyman who organized left-hand penmanship competitions for Union soldiers who had lost their right arms during the Civil War.

Clara Barton, "Angel of the Battlefield": Nurse, educator, philanthropist, lecturer, and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton (1821-1912) was one of the most prolific, active, and beloved women of her time.

Check out the Library of Congress By the People FAQs section for more detailed information.

Rosario Reilly