Historical Trees - California. "General Grant". NAID 7003821

Historical Trees - District of Columbia. "The Washington Elm." NAID 7003883

Historical Trees - Pennsylvania. "The Witness Tree." 7003963

Historical Trees - Massachusetts. NAID 7003931

Go on a Historical Tree Tagging Mission for #EarthDay!

“Historical Trees” from:  Series: Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897 - ca. 1980. Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 - 2008

Earth Day 2016′s theme is Trees for the Earth.  If you can’t get out and plant a tree, help tag & transcribe vintage Forest Service tree photos in the National Archives Catalog!  This easy citizen archivist mission will help make these images more accessible and searchable for researchers and the public.

Becoming a Citizen Archivist is easy!

Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.

Login from any transcription page or on the login page.

Find vintage Forest Service photos of Historical Trees to tag and transcribe in the National Archives Catalog

Select the “View/Add Contributions” button located below all images in the catalog.

Select the “Tag” or “Transcribe” tab for the page of the record you would like to transcribe.

Select the “Edit” button and remember to save your work frequently.

Check out this example transcription page and Citizen Contribution Policy for more information.

Read about one of our “Virtual Volunteers” who spends his retirement as a Citizen Archivist

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