Douglass Day 2017

This event was in 2017. See the most current Douglass Day page.

A Birthday Party for Frederick Douglass &
Transcribe-a-thon for Black History Month
February 14, 2017  12-2pm

Registration now at capacity | Event flyer (pdf)

ABOUT: This Valentine’s Day, the CCP invites you to a birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14. In a spirit of radical love, this year we will commemorate his birthday and Black History Month with a transcribe-a-thon.

As students, faculty, staff and community members, we will gather to transcribe the minutes of the 19th-century Colored Conventions. We’ll get to work at the University of Delaware and sites around the country. We’ll have some birthday cake, singing, and feature a dramatic reading of Douglass’ speech from the 1883 national Colored Convention. The event will be streamed online and CCP members will be available to talk with you on Facebook and Twitter. Let’s preserve the longer history of Black activism together.

How you can get involved:

(1) Watch and comment on the live stream video appearing on the CCP Facebook page. Or, we hope you will join the conversation on Twitter with hashtags #FrederickDouglassDay and @CCP_org.

(2) View the Douglass Party Organizing Toolkit 2017.

Details for events at:


Details for everyone else joining us online coming soon!


About Transcribe Minutes

How does Transcribe Minutes work? A tutorial with pictures. (Hi-res version

To date, Transcribe Minutes has grown thanks to 941 transcribers making 18,366 revisions to 2,427 pages. Together we have made 88 Colored Conventions fully searchable, and vastly easier to read and share. We are approximately 70% of the way toward transcribing the surviving records of the Colored Conventions. Collective action works!

  • Welcome to Transcribe Minutes
  • Quickstart guide & Detailed instructions 


Transcribe-a-thon at the University of Delaware
Where: UD Library, room 114
When: 12-2pm
Birthday cake and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a student or government-issued ID for entrance into the UD Library.

Parking: The closest paid parking lots are located at:

Visitors Center (Lot #41) at 190 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE.

Trabant Garage (Lot #17C) at 19 Main Street, Newark, DE. 


Transcribe-a-thon at Bentley University 
Where: Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, library lower level
When: 12-2pm, additional drop-in hours 2-4pm
Snacks provided!


Transcribe-a-thon at Boston University (Local event link)
Where: tba
When: tba


Transcribe-a-thon at Brown University (Local event link)
Where: Nightingale-Brown House, Brown University (357 Benefit Street)
When: 11am-1pm

Please bring a laptop to participate in transcription work. Pizza and birthday cake will be provided! Organized by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Transcribe-a-thon at Loyola University Chicago
Where: Information Commons, 4th Floor
When: 11am-1pm (CST)
Sponsored by the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, African Studies and the African Diaspora, English Department, History Department, the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History, and the Loyola University Libraries.


Transcribe-a-thon at Loyola University Maryland

Where: LND Library
When: 12-3pm
Birthday cake will be served!
Sponsored by the Department of English, Community-Engaged Learning & Scholarship, and Loyola/Notre Dame Library.


Transcribe-a-thon at Northeastern University
Where: 472 Holmes Hall (Barrs Room), Northeastern University
When: 12-2pm
Co-sponsored by the Women Writers Project and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.



University of Southern Maine
Where: Glickman Library, Room 325, Portland Campus
Sponsored by the Center for Collaboration and Development, the CAHS Dean’s Office, and the History program.
Birthday cake will be served!

Transcribe-a-thon at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
When: 12-2pm

The Colored Conventions Project appreciates the support of:


The Colored Conventions Project was launched & cultivated at the University of Delaware from 2012-2020.