The Papers of Julian Bond

About The Project

The Julian Bond Papers Project is an innovative digital project that seeks to make the life’s work of Civil Rights icon Julian Bond freely available to scholars, students, community historians and the general public. Bond’s was a trusted voice in American democracy throughout his life, which spanned seven decades and such significant historical moments as the U.S. Civil Rights era, school desegregation, the Vietnam War, South African apartheid, as well as the movements for LGBTQ Rights and the environment.

Over approximately two decades, the Bond project plans to catalog, transcribe, annotate, and publish Bond’s collection housed at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and including 11 series, 1641 folders, and 47,000 items, rendering accessible the editorial process to community historians, crowdsourced transcriptionists and student apprentices. Implementing a crowdsourced transcription process, the project has created over 10,000 pages, including documents produced during annual Charlottesville transcription events. The project also establishes editorial apprenticeships to teach students digital skills and model alternate academic career options.

The project begins with the publication of Series 1, Bond’s speeches and articles, in raw (single-verified, unannotated), freely available digital transcriptions. Subsequent content sets focused on his audiovisual materials, correspondence, academic and political papers, and family collections will follow, eventually leading to the publication of a free and completely annotated digital edition. Finally, the project will publish a three-volume, thematically organized print series called “The Essential Julian Bond.”

Project Director: Deborah McDowell

Host Institution: The University of Virginia

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