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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

February 14, 2023 · 12:00 pm3:00 pm · Firestone Library, Classroom A-6F

Center for Digital Humanities; Princeton University Library

Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass and strives to create new & freely available resources for learning about Black history during a “Transcribe-a-thon” – a crowdsourced transcription event. This year, we will focus on the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, and attend law school.

During the event, we’ll use Zooniverse to access digitized files from Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s papers and create machine-readable transcriptions of her hand-written documents. The resulting datasets will allow her papers to be more discoverable and accessible by communities all over the world.

Stop in to help us transcribe anytime between noon and 3 p.m. on February 14th, A-6F, A-Floor, Firestone Library.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

The event is open to the Princeton University community. If you plan to stop by, please consider registering to receive a reminder and so we can plan for the appropriate amount of food and drink.

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