Joseph and Friends: A Svoboda Scavenger Hunt

Contest Instructions | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Joseph and Friends: A Svoboda Scavenger Hunt

April 19, 2021 to May 14, 2021

The historic value of the diaries of Joseph Mathia Svoboda, written in 19th century Ottoman Iraq, is immense, and dissemination of this period’s history can be achieved through participation in this contest! Each week a new theme and set of questions will be posted on our website. Answer to learn new information that may be relevant to course material, your general interests, as well as fun facts! Also, we at SDP are eager to hear from you about your thoughts and ideas about the diaries so we can incorporate them into our website!

By participating, you can enter a lottery to win a $25 gift card! Each week, our amazing SDP interns will create visualizations and select a few top answers using your responses. Submit your answers by the end of Friday each week to be included. If your answer is selected as a top answer, your chances of winning the gift card lottery will increase!

How to Participate

  1. Each week, check out the new topic that will be posted on our website. You can also follow our project social media for the link to the weekly contest page.
  2. Once on the weekly contest page, you’ll be able to see the weekly questions, as well as any relevant tasks.
  3. Read about the theme, complete the tasks, and then answer the weekly questions.
  4. Done! Look forward to next week’s questions.

Jump to Commonly Asked Questions

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Social Network | April 19, 2021

Mapping Out Joseph’s Social Network

Steamship Industry | April 26, 2021

Who (and what) are steamships actually for?

Trade of Antiquities | May 3, 2021

An old friend: the Iraqi-French antiquity dealer Ibrahim Elias Géjou

Epidemics | May 10, 2021

Epidemics: A New Old History

Commonly Asked Questions

Q: Why should I participate?

A: You can learn something new about a fascinating corner of history. You can also help provide the Svoboda Diaries Project with a new perspective on the diaries. And, you can win a gift card!

Q: Do I have to participate from week one in order to be eligible for the gift card?

A: Nope! You can join anytime, but every week that you participate, you increase your chances of winning a gift card. For example, if you only participate in week four, then you only have one “ticket” in the raffle pool, whereas if you participate in weeks one through four, then you would have four “tickets”, which means four times the chances.

Q: I missed week 1, but I really wanted to participate. What should I do?

A: You can go back and submit an answer to a previous week. Your answer won’t be included in the summary of the answers that we post next week, but you’ll still be entered in the gift card raffle.

Q: Can I submit more than once per question?

A: If you participate more than once, you can have more than one ticket, but up to a maximum of 3 times per week. You can submit more than three times, but you will still only get 3 tickets for that week. But your answers might help us to learn more about the diaries, so if you think of something else, feel free to submit a fourth or fifth response!

Q: Do I have to be a UW student to participate?

A: You are only eligible to win the gift card if you are affiliated with UW. But anyone can answer the questions, and we would love to have your perspective! So, spread the word to your friends! All are welcome.

Q: If I have other questions about the contest, how can I get those answered?

A: You can message us on any of our social media platforms, or email us at