The Papers of Julian Bond



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About the Project:

Following the death of civil rights leader Julian H. Bond on August 15, 2015, the University of Virginia acquired the entirety of his papers and moved them to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library for preservation. In an effort to make the papers accessible to the public, the Carter G. Woodson Institute partnered with the Center for Digital Editing beginning in 2017 to create a scholarly edition of his papers.


The work begins with a two-day event to celebrate the launch of the edition. Starting at 4:00 PM on August 14, 2018 at the University of Virginia’s Minor Hall, the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Center for Digital Editing will introduce the scope and goals of the edition, followed by a reception. On August 15, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, all are invited to contribute to this historic project by transcribing a wide and varied sample of Julian Bond’s papers at four hubs around Charlottesville: 110 Minor Hall, the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library, Shenandoah Joe on Preston Avenue, and the Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School. Those wishing to participate but unable to join in person can still contribute remotely, by accessing our workspace on FromThePage. Transcriptions produced by this event and in the months following—all to be made available for public viewing—will be used in the development of the scholarly edition of “The Essential Julian Bond.”

It is no accident that the announcement of this project falls near the anniversary of Julian Bond’s death as well as the tragic events of August 11-12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. In planning to celebrate the inauguration of the edition at this time, Deborah McDowell, Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, hopes that the community will be able, not only to reflect on these anniversaries, but to encourage the public to engage with the work of an iconic figure of the Civil Rights Movement, who was wont to remind us that “our struggle goes on…The struggle for political, economic, and cultural selfhood and emancipation.” Indeed, as Julian Bond notably fought for the civil rights of all individuals, from African Americans to the LGBTQ community, through his activism, political career, and leadership of the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, his words and writings unquestionably serve as an inspiring reminder of the work that remains to be done.

How to Help Transcribe Documents:

  • Under “Works” below, look for your location in the list of documents: Online Participant, Carter Woodson, Scholars’ Lab, Shenandoah Joe, or VCB.
  • Select a document by clicking on its title.
  • A list of pages from that document available for transcription will appear. Select one from the list and get started!
  • When you have finished transcribing a page, click "Save Changes" in the top right corner of the page.
The transcription conventions, or “rules,” are located at the bottom of every page in the transcription view. Additional help can be found here: A sample transcription is also available, see

Photo Credits: Dan Addison, UVA

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