Announcing the Second Annual Transcribe-A-Thon of Julian Bond’s Papers

Transcribe Bond Postcard 2019

The Carter G. Woodson Institute, in partnership with the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections LibraryCenter for Digital EditingScholars’ Lab, University of Virginia AthleticsUniversity of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, and Virginia Humanities, celebrates continued work on The Papers of Julian Bond with the second annual two-day transcribe-a-thon event.

On August 14, starting at 4:00 PM, we will discuss the scope and goals of the edition at an event held in 110 Minor Hall, with a reception to follow at 5:00 PM. This presentation will outline how the contributions of community participants, whose training and transcription work will occur on the following day, will further the larger goals of the project.

On August 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, members of the university and Charlottesville communities  will have the opportunity to advance this historic project by transcribing a wide and varied sample of his papers by visiting one of several hubs around Charlottesville, including:

  • 110 Minor Hall
  • McCue Center Computer Lab
  • the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library
  • Shenandoah Joe on Preston Avenue
  • Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School

Though we will provide a few computers at each site, we recommend that participants bring their own. Those unable to join in person can still contribute remotely, by accessing our online project workspace on FromThePage or by visiting

On August 15 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, in addition to the transcribe-a-thon, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will hold a temporary exhibit of original materials of Julian Bond—including a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., congratulating Bond on his election to the Georgia House of Representatives—in the Byrd-Morris Room, which is located on the third floor of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Julian Bond by preserving and engaging with his words. RSVP for the event here ( and join the discussion online with the hashtag #TranscribeBond. For more information about the event, visit or contact Katie Blizzard at

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