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We’ve created Twitter and Instagram accounts to keep you updated on Project Phaedra! Follow to learn more about our journey processing this collection, when new materials are available for transcription, and whatever neat highlights we find along the way.

We’ve just sent our first batch of notebooks off to the imaging department at Harvard’s Widener Library. This small test batch (only 49 of 2518 volumes) contains the early notebooks of Cecilia Payne. Cecilia was a 20th century astronomer whose work revealed, among much else, what a star actually is. These books will be available for transcription later in the summer.

In the meantime, check out our current projects at the SI Transcription Center. We have books from both Annie Jump Cannon and Henrietta Swan Leavitt, women whose work over the 19th and 20th centuries laid the foundations for today’s astronomy. These books contain mostly numbers and equations, and can be difficult to slog through if you’re not familiar with the material. But, with our instructions, you can quickly and easily transcribe one page, line, or even just a word. Any contribution helps!

Stay tuned into our twitter and instagram for the story as it develops. We’re excited to share it all with you.

Alex McGrath

Archives Assistant at Wolbach Library
Alex is the Archival Assistant at Wolbach.