Transcribing African-American History

Transcribing African-American History

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

In November 2016 the Collaboratory hosted a two-part event, "Transcribing African-American History," a series of talks and a transcribe-a-thon of Freedmen's Bureau Records.

The success of that two-day event inspired a follow-up transcribe-a-thon last spring, making good on a mutually shared desire to make this activity a regular feature of life in the Collaboratory. Now, the Collaboratory will partner once again with the African American History, Culture, and Digital Studies (AADHUM) to run this transcribe-a-thon, which will run as a satellite event to a larger Transcribe-a-Thon at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the same day and time.

An act of Congress on March 3, 1865 created the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau). The records produced by the bureau are the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Most documents have been digitized, yet few have been transcribed. From these pages many stories can emerge, but without transcription, finding these stories can be difficult. Come and help uncover new knowledge about our Nation's past, and in so doing, answer the question - “What will we discover this time?”

Help contribute to our nation’s understanding of this critical period by participating on Friday, October 13th in the Freedmen's Bureau Transcribe-a-thon in the Collaboratory from 11- 4.

Wi-fi access will be available to non-UMD participants.

Details about registration and live-streaming to follow soon.

Co-sponsored by the Michelle Smith Collaboratory in Visual Culture in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, African American History, Culture, and Digital Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.