Black History Month ‘Transcribe-a-thon’ is Feb. 23

In partnership with the Douglass Day organization, the Ott Memorial Writing Center, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities will host the “Douglass Day Transcribe-A-Thon” from Tuesday, Feb. 23, through Thursday, Feb. 25 

This annual nationwide event aims to raise awareness of Black historical figures. This year, participants will help transcribe the works of Mary Church Terrell, an African American educator and writer who championed civil rights and women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

A transcribe-a-thon is an event that brings people together to transform digitized historical documents from unsearchable images into typed, searchable text. By deciphering the writing in these documents and typing it out, volunteers help make important historical records findable and usable. 

No experience is required. All participants will need is a computer and internet connection; instructions and access to the documents will be provided 

Drop by the virtual event during any of the following times: 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Sign up via Eventbrite. Participants will receive the event Zoom link by e-mail the day before your scheduled time.  

With questions, contact Tara Baillargeon, assistant dean for digital scholarship and department head.