01 February 2016

Virginia Untold:African American Narrative will be unveiled today

To kick off African American History Month, we’ll first talk about the Library of Virginia (LVA).

TODAY – the initial release of this database is supposed to occur.  I am so excited to see this that I am blogging about it in advance!  As soon as I have an active link to the database, I will update this post.

In the meantime, this database has been supported by a crowdsourced transcription project called Virginia Untold: African American Narrative (this is the link to the transcription page where you can assist in getting these documents transcribed).

The names of millions of African Americans, slave and free, who lived, worked, worshiped, loved, and died in Virginia, are buried deep in the archival records and manuscript collections housed at the Library of Virginia. Untold Virginia: African American Narrative seeks to find these long silent voices. Whether contained in local court and state government records, private papers and business records, or newspapers and journals from the time, the untold narrative of a people is waiting to be discovered.

In support of this new database, there have been a series of blog posts talking about select types of records that will be included:

There is also a helpful related page where the Library of Virginia staff have compiled the raw date for databases part of the African American Narrative.  These indexes are presented as comma separate value (CSV) files (will open in Microsoft Excel or similar programs).  These files are a great way to see all of the data for each identified database in one place.

Do you know of any planned database releases this month as we celebrate African American History Month?

Did you discover a key find in this new LVA database?

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