Douglass Day Celebration and Transcribe-a-Thon


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Join us to celebrate Frederick Douglass' birthday, also known as Douglass Day, with an annual, nationwide transcribe-a-thon. Thousands of participants come together at more than one hundred simultaneous events around the world to transcribe materials of Black scholars and thinkers.

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an American abolitionist, social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. Born into bondage and never knowing his true birth date, Douglass chose to recognize it on Feb. 14. During this year's celebration, we will be transcribing Fredrick Douglass' correspondence (held by the Library of Congress). Douglass Day invites people from all backgrounds to join in making these historic correspondences more widely accessible and searchable. 

Registration is not required to attend. We encourage that, if possible, you bring a device that you can comfortably type with, but we will have some computers available if needed.

Douglass Day celebration "Save the Date" graphic featuring event details and a photograph of Frederick Douglass.

Contact Info & Links

University Libraries




Main Library, CATalyst Studios,
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ