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Douglass Day 2024 & Frederick Douglass Research Materials: What to Expect on Douglass Day

This guide offers materials for the Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon on February 14, 2024 as well as a research materials on the life and work of Frederick Douglass at Fordham and beyond.

What to Expect on Douglass Day

Douglass Day 2024 volunteers will help transcribe 8,731 pages from the general correspondence of Frederick Douglass held by the Library of Congress

Note: Many items in the collection are in cursive handwriting and some are typed.

 This is our first Douglass Day at Fordham. We will come together to work on transcribing documents the best we can through asking questions and collaborating with one and other. It is not about perfection. We will tune into the live broadcast and play the rest by ear. The goal is volunteering to help make these materials accessible to all, building community, and engaging with historical documents of Black history.

Slides with Quick Links for Douglass Day

Douglass Day Schedule & Broadcast

Schedule for Douglass Day, February 14th, from noon to 3pm

Room 047, lower level, in the Electronic Information Center

This is the general outline from the Douglass Day organizers. When we come together in Walsh Library, we can decide which elements work best for those in the room.

  • Live Broadcast from the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State, 12:00-12:30
    • Welcome & introductions
    • Sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (lyrics)
    • Overview of the Douglass Day program
    • Speakers on Frederick Douglass & more
  • Transcription & collaboration, 12:30-1:00pm
    • Brief remarks by Fordham University Libraries, 12:30-12:35pm
  • Live broadcast, 1:00-1:30pm (projected onscreen; people are welcomed to continue transcribing)
    • Sing "Happy birthday" to Frederick Douglass
    • "Why Hold a Colored Convention?" reading by Hassan El-Amin
  • Transcription & collaboration, 1:30-2:00pm
  • Live broadcast, 2:00-2:20pm (projected onscreen; people are welcomed to continue transcribing)
    • Exploring the Treasures in the Douglass Collections at the Library of Congress.
  • Transcription & collaboration, 2:20-2:45pm
  • Live broadcast, 2:45 to 3:00pm
    • Highlights, bake off prizes, and reflections. (Unfortunately, Walsh Library is not hosting a bake off or celebrating with cake.)

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