Douglass Day Transcribe-A-Thon

1 Feb 2018

The DARIAH Ireland team in UCC are celebrating Frederick Douglass' 200th Birthday with a Transcribe-a-thon of the Freedmen's Bureau Papers! Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birth date, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14. We will commemorate his birthday by creating Black history together. Over 30 institutions across 4 countries will participate in this event simultaneously! The Transcribe-A-Thon is co-ordinated by the Colored Conventions Project, the Smithsonian Transcription Center and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. All you need to do is sign up for a free account with the Smithsonian Archive Transcription Centre, bring a laptop/tablet and join us on the day! Sign up for an account here:

We are especially happy to be hosting this event in UCC because Cork has a special connection with Douglass. This has been researched by Prof Lee Jenkins (Head of the School of English) in her paper, "Beyond the Pale: Frederick Douglass in Cork." Prof Jenkins also supervised a PhD thesis by Dr Elizabeth Ann Coughlan titled, Frederick Douglass and Ireland, 1845: The "Vertiginous Twist[s]" of an Irish Encounter. We look forward to continuing to explore and celebrate Douglass' life and work with this event. 

No previous experience of digital transcription is required. Assistance will be provided on the day. The event will take place in the Digital Humanities Active Learning Space from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, and will include a Facebook Live session and Q&A with digital archivists in the Smithsonian Archive. Participants need not commit to the full three hours. Any and all time that you can give is welcome and valued. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn some new skills in an open and supportive environment while contributing to open knowledge. Join our Facebook Event here, and find out more information on the DARIAH Ireland website here. Please contact Donna Alexander with any questions (

English Department

Roinn an Bhéarla

O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork. Ireland