Transcription Volunteers for the Helen Keller Archive – transcribe typewritten, handwritten and braille materials




1401 South Clark Street
Suite 730
United States


Would you like to ensure that Helen Keller’s papers, letters, and speeches are accessible to blind, hard-of-hearing, and deafblind audiences? Would you enjoy the challenge of correcting an editable document online, ensuring that it matches a digital photograph of the image displayed beside it?


As the result of a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), over 160,000 digital images can be viewed online and are being made accessible to everyone:


Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been used to generate text equivalents of typewritten documents in the collection. However, OCR cannot readily decipher handwritten documents, and cannot decipher braille code. AFB is seeking volunteers – both experienced transcribers as well as novices and Helen Keller enthusiasts – to transcribe the thousands of items that the computer software cannot readily transcribe. We will guide you and teach you how to edit the text online. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.


Join us and be part of a pioneering project to make online archival materials accessible to everybody!



  • A computer with an internet connection
  • Ability to read Englishalthough other languages are represented!
  • Attention to detail

Time commitment: This is an ongoing project and we are grateful for all the hours that you can give us!


Training: We will give you one-on-one training via the telephone, and a supervisor will be available by e-mail for any subsequent questions.


Location: At home




  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please contact Helen Selsdon, Archivist, American Foundation for the Blind at if you are interested in this project. Thank you!