Event—Public Programming

Newberry Transcribathon: Social Activism Collections

Learn about and transcribe the Newberry's social activism collections in this interactive Transcribathon event.

Tenement conditions in Chicago, 1901. Call number: H 539 .172 Letter to Mabel Hawkins, Secretary of Chicago Commons, 1931-1938. Part of the Graham Taylor Papers. Call number: Midwest MS Taylor Box 8 Folder 221

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. 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. 

In addition, you'll read letters from the peak of the settlement house era written by prominent reformers such as Graham Taylor and Jane Addams. Expert librarians and curators at the Newberry will also share their expertise on early-20th century social activism.

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].

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This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

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