The Library of Congress Needs Your Help

James Garfield spent less time presiding over the U.S. than any other president, serving a little more than six months before he was assassinated by a disgruntled man named Charles Guiteau, who believed Garfield should have granted him ambassadorship. While Garfield’s presidency was short-lived, his life before the Oval Office was very full — and well-documented, thanks to his commitment to keeping diaries. Now, the Library of Congress is asking people to help transcribe them. The volumes are divided into three sections and make up more than 1,600 documents. If you are interested in transcribing some of the documents, you can join the Library of Congress’ effort by registering here: