Got mad typing skills? Save Las Vegas History by volunteering to transcribe an old-fashioned card catalog. This is important work that only can happen with your support. Visit nsmlv.org/omeka to learn more and to sign up.
What is the card catalog?
The card catalog is actually an index to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It was created by hand by countless museum volunteers over the course of 20 years. The index tells us what day and page a person or subject appeared in the paper. For example, if you wanted to know when Abbott and Costello appeared in Las Vegas, you can use the index. Or if your parents were married here in the 1960s, they may have appeared in the newspaper and we can find them in the index. This saves hours (if not days) of research time.
The museum uses the index every day. Digitizing the index will save time for museum staff and researchers. It will also mean that you can access it no matter where you are. In 2017, visitors aren’t just the people who walk through the front door. People need and expect to find information in a variety of ways and it’s our job to help them find it.
Why Aren’t You Just Scanning It?
The entries are handwritten and cannot be recognized by scanning software. Scanning the cards just results in thousands and thousands of images that can’t be searched. By transcribing the cards, you make it possible for the cards to be searched by people all over the world.
This project is in beta and is subject to bugs and hiccoughs. Think of it as a learning experience… we are!
This project created by Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas and Friends of NSMLV.
Visit nsmlv.org/omeka to learn more and to sign up.