Douglass Day Transcribathon, Feb. 12, 12:30 – 2pm

Douglass Day Transcribathon, Feb. 12, 12-2 pm on Zoom.

On February 12, the Libraries, the History Department, OME, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate to host a virtual event, “Douglass Day Transcribathon.”

This online event will take place on Zoom from 12 – 2 pm. During this time, participants will read handwritten documents by Mary Church Terrell, and transcribe the handwriting into typed text. This transcription will enable researchers throughout the world to easily access this information through keyword searches that are currently impossible.

The schedule for the event will be:
12-12:30: Welcome activities by the National Douglass Day Team, including an overview of the national program and speakers on Douglass and Terrell. An HC librarian will be available during this time should you need help getting set up to use the online transcription program.

12:30 – 2: Transcription of documents. Holy Cross Librarians will be available in the Zoom to assist with any questions. Each participant will transcribe a different document.

We welcome you to drop-in for some or all of the event. To join the event on 2/12, use this Zoom link:

You can read more about the national event on the website: Our local instance will be open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Additionally, there will be a brief informational session about the national event tomorrow, Friday, February 5th at 12 pm EST. This session will offer information about the virtual program format and the transcribing activities on the Library of Congress’s transcribing platform, By The People. Register for the infromational session:

If you have any questions, please email Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson at

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