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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

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Smithsonian conservator Sarah Stauderman opens the journal of paleontologist Charles Doolittle Wolcott to the page where he recorded a major discovery of fossils in the Canadian Rockies. Wolcott's journal has been transcribed online by volunteers and is now available to people who can't visit the archives firsthand.

Credit: Stephen Voss for The Wall Street Journal

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s China.

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