Dakota County Historical Society

Dakota County Historical Society - Community-wide Opportunities - Mapping Prejudice Project - Dakota County


General Description

Managed by the University of Minnesota, the Mapping Prejudice Project aims to identify and map racial covenants clauses that were inserted into property deeds to keep people who were not White from buying or occupying homes. From our base in the University of Minnesota Libraries, our interdisciplinary team collaborates with community members to expose the history of structural racism.


Mapping Prejudice would like to bring together volunteers from within the Dakota County area to be the first folks to transcribe Dakota County property records. Mapping Prejudice continues to welcome Dakota County community members to join us for the weekly transcription sessions or to take extra initiative and work on property deed transcriptions on their own time. 


To see the maps and data generated by our volunteers, visit the Mapping Prejudice website.

To register to become part of the project, click on the following link - https://mappingprejudice.umn.edu/take-action/events.



Online via Zoom



Ongoing sessions available. Volunteers are welcomed to volunteer on their own time at their own pace.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Follow along with Mapping Prejudice staff through tutorials and discussions
  • Digitally transcribe historic property records


Minimum Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Zoom


Minimum Time Commitment

Varies on how much you decide to contribute to the program. Flexible to your schedule. 


Activity Level 

Mild - May include walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Periods of standing or sitting will be required. Activities will mostly occur in a controlled environment such as an indoor office setting.


Required Training

Any training needed will be taken care of by the event coordinator.


Contact Information

Carissa Thomas | Graduate Research Assistant

Mapping Prejudice; UMN Libraries

309 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: thom8131@umn.edu

Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes