By Design: Frederick Law Olmsted By the People crowdsourcing transcription campaign challenge

April 2022 marks the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. Many of the parks, estates, residential communities, campuses, grounds of buildings, and gathering places he, his associates, and his successors designed remain in use today. Find out more about landscape architecture, urban planning, and the cultural history of design for public and private greenspaces by transcribing and reviewing a new set of Olmsted documents each week in April!

In the first week of the Olmsted challenge (April 4-8), we’re focusing on the printed materials in the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers subject file. Help us finish these items this week. Printed material provides a less challenging alternative to Olmsted’s difficult handwriting! The challenge includes:

Annual Report, New York’s Central Park
New York Parks, maps & drawings
Brooklyn Parks, printed material
Buffalo Parks, printed material
Boston Parks, printed material
Montreal Parks, undated