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James Branch Cabell Library, second-floor Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


The Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project proudly presents a transcribathon here in James Branch Cabell Library. "A transcriba...what?" you may ask. At the transcribathon, people will get together to transcribe and encode handwritten Early Modern documents. Although all of the documents have been scanned and are available in digital form, they have not been previously transcribed, and those who are familiar with handwriting from the period know that deciphering such documents is not always easy. The purpose of the event is to help the Folger Shakespeare Library make clean transcriptions of its documents so that the documents are more readable and thus more usable for researchers and students around the globe.

The event is free and open to the public. No prior experience with paleography (the study of historical handwriting) is required. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m., but feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule. Bring your laptop, or use one of ours. And feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Questions about the event? Contact Dr. Claire M.L. Bourne or Dr. Joshua Eckhardt.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.


Practice your paleography skills before the event using this archive of instructional resources, manuscript images, and accurate transcriptions from recent "Practical Paleography" EMMO sessions at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


The event is sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, VCU Libraries, the VCU Department of English and the VCU Humanities Research Center.

Image: Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.a. 103, fol. 3v.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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