This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom at 1pm CST. Please register below.
If you're attending the in-person event, please bring your own laptop. Refreshments will be provided.
Join as we transcribe handwritten letters from the Newberry's collections for National Volunteer Week! You'll get a chance to use our crowdsourcing site, Newberry Transcribe, to unlock first-hand accounts of history by creating searchable text for primary sources. Expert librarians and curators at the Newberry will also share their expertise on early-20th century social activism.
Your collaboration will aid researchers around the world in finding, searching, and analyzing these unique primary sources, helping to build and share a fuller understanding of our past. Volunteering, service, and collaboration are also common themes in the content of the documents you will see. Along with the papers of early-20th century social reformers currently online at Newberry Transcribe, we’ll be adding more than 2,500 handwritten pages from the collection of Graham Taylor (1851-1938), a leader of the settlement house movement and the founder of Chicago Commons. Correspondence with notables like Jane Addams, Clarence Darrow, and Henry Ford—as well as with the little-known parishioners, social workers, committee members, and others who helped operate the Commons—cover topics including immigration, labor, civic reform, and public health in early 20th-century Chicago.
No transcribing experience is necessary! Everyone is welcome. You can choose to drop in for a bit or stay for the whole session.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [CAGML-247293-OMLS-20].
Alison Hinderliter is the Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives. Hinderliter will talk about the Newberry's social activism collections, with a focus on reformer Graham Taylor.
Jill Gage is the Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. Gage will discuss handwriting in 20th-century archival material.
Kara Johnson is the Director of Teacher Programs. Johnson will focus on how manuscripts and transcription resources can be used in teaching resources.