For the Frederick Douglass Project, students will learn about transcription best practices. Each student will transcribe one letter penned by Frederick Douglass (due by March 9). Before you begin your own transcription, it helps to read through the letters that have already been transcribed to get a better sense of Douglass's handwriting. The more you compare transcriptions to the handwritten documents, the easier it becomes to read his handwriting.
Students will then develop a robust annotation for their transcription, including:
Annotation and analysis will require both primary and secondary research.
For an example of what such an annotation see this submission ot the Post Family Papers Project: https://rbsc.library.rochester.edu/items/show/6076.
The Library session on Transcription will take place during scheduled class time in Rush Rhees Library on February 9. A second library session on Annotation will take place in Rush Rhees on March 2.
Each annotation should include:
3. The historical context of the letter, correspondents, and/or subject matter