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#TranscribeBond Event

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The Carter G. Woodson Institute, in partnership with the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections LibraryCenter for Digital EditingScholars’ Lab, and Virginia Humanities, announces the launch of The Papers of Julian Bond with a special two-day event.

On August 14, starting at 4:00 PM, the scope and goals of the edition will be announced at an event held in 110 Minor Hall, with a reception to follow at 5:30 PM. The next day, on August 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, all will have the opportunity to advance this historic project by transcribing a wide and varied sample of his papers at various hubs around Charlottesville, including 110 Minor Hall, the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library, Shenandoah Joe on Preston Avenue, and the Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School. Though some computers will be provided, we recommend that participants bring their own. Additionally, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on August 15, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will host an exhibition of original Julian Bond materials in their Byrd-Morris Room.

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Julian Bond by preserving and engaging with his words. RSVP for the event here. Those wishing to participate but unable to join in person can still contribute remotely, by accessing our project workspace on FromThePage when it goes live in August and engaging online with the hashtag #TranscribeBond.

About the Event

Following the death of civil rights leader Julian H. Bond on Aug. 15, 2015, the University of Virginia acquired the entirety of his papers and moved them to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library for cataloging and preservation.  In an effort to make significant portions of the collection accessible to the public, the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Center for Digital Editing formed a partnership in 2017 to create a scholarly edition of Bond’s papers.

The Institute and Center will take the first steps in that process by hosting a two-day event in August. Starting at 4:00 PM on Aug. 14 at the University of Virginia’s Minor Hall, they will introduce the scope and goals of the edition and provide participants with an introduction to the transcription process.  A reception will follow in the lobby of Minor Hall.  The following day, on Aug. 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, members of the public are invited to contribute to this historic project by transcribing a wide and varied sample of Julian Bond’s papers at four hubs around Charlottesville:

The Woodson Institute – 110 Minor Hall

The Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library
The Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School

Shenandoah Joe on Preston Avenue

Interested individuals can RSVP for the event here.  Those wishing to participate but unable to join in person can still contribute remotely, by accessing the project workspace on FromThePage when it goes live in August and engaging online with the hashtag #TranscribeBond. Transcriptions produced by this event and in the months following—all to be made available for public viewing—will be used to develop the scholarly edition of “The Essential Julian Bond.”

It is no accident that the announcement of this project falls near the anniversary of Julian Bond’s death, as well as the tragic events of Aug. 11-12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. In planning to celebrate the inauguration of the edition at this time, Deborah McDowell, Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, hopes that the community will be able, not only to reflect on these anniversaries, but to engage with the work and writings of an iconic figure of the Civil Rights Movement.  Julian Bond fought for social justice and equality from the time he co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 until his death in 2015. In between those years he served in the Georgia legislature, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, served as chairman of the NAACP, the oldest Civil Rights organization in the country, and engaged in political activism on various fronts.  As Bond insisted repeatedly, “our struggle goes on… [t]he struggle for political, economic, and cultural selfhood and emancipation.”  His words and writings unquestionably serve as an inspiring reminder of the work that remains to be done.

About The Carter G. Woodson Institute

Founded in 1981, the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies is named in honor of native Virginian Carter Godwin Woodson, who was instrumental in bringing public and professional recognition to the study of African-American history. Since its inception, the Institute has promoted interdisciplinary and collaborative research and interpretation of the African and African-American experience in a global context through an active program of undergraduate teaching and curriculum development; original interdisciplinary research; institutional support of scholars; conferences and colloquia; publications and public outreach projects.

For more information about the Carter G. Woodson Institute, visit

About The Center for Digital Editing

The Center for Digital Editing (CDE) concentrates the expertise and resources necessary to advance the practice of editing and growth of innovative digital project solutions. Founded in 2015 at the University of Virginia, the CDE is constantly exploring and developing new insights and resources as they relate to the following four elements: technology research and development, public engagement, project consultation and development, and education.

Learn more about the CDE at the

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