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Transcribe-a-thon on Nov. 5 Will Offer Encounter with Historic Documents

UNC Library’s first ever Transcribe-a-thon will offer an interactive encounter with history on November 5.

During the event, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at deciphering and transcribing handwritten documents from the Southern Historical Collection related to African American history.


Download event flier (pdf)

Letters, poems, ledgers, and legal documents provide a tangible link to the past and are an invaluable resource for understanding African American culture in nineteenth-century America. However, the increasing unfamiliarity of cursive script represents a real barrier to students in their study of history.

The Transcribe-a-thon is open to all skill levels, especially beginners, and seeks to provide a fun, stress-free introduction to reading nineteenth-century hand.

The Transcribe-a-thon is sponsored by the Stone Center Library, the Rare Book Collection, and the UNC Friends of the Library. Participants are invited to come and go throughout the day; light refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Room 504, Wilson Special Collections Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
No experience needed



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