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Help the Julian Bond Papers Project Transcribe New Content!

We've started launching new materials starting in the summer of 2022, and it will be available here, at See also our updated transcription guidance (please no line breaks or all caps!).

Occasionally, the collection will be closed when we need to do more uploading. Thank you for your patience!

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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, Professor Deborah McDowell, the Carter G. Woodson Institute, and the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) collaborated beginning in 2017 to create a scholarly edition of his papers. We are grateful for support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to continue this work.

Starting in August 2018, the CDE and Woodson Institute invited the public to participate in editorial work on the project. Since then, hundreds of pages of Julian Bond’s speeches and interviews have been transcribed as a result of volunteer work. The work of these volunteers will be a crucial to the development of the future scholarly edition, “The Essential Julian Bond.”

Since the onset of the transcription project, we have received inquiries from many individuals in the public, who wish to become involved, and whose efforts we welcome and need. Those interested in contributing can start today by transcribing available documents. Simply create an account on FromThePage and follow the transcription instructions provided below.

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How to Help Transcribe Documents:

  • Find a new title by going to
  • Select a document that is less than 100% transcribed 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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