Posted by naomi

15 months after the start of this project, we are delighted to announce we have completed the transcription phase of the Harry Watkins Diary project -- all 1180 pages of the diary have been read, transcribed, and fully encoded by one of our fabulous team members allowing us to read and search his entire diary.

Posted by raymond

This is a poem dedicated to Harry Watkins, which focuses on the brief moments in Harry’s writing that express true passion and emotion. Normally, Harry opposes every word that comes out of a woman’s mouth, but in rare occurrences, Harry reveals what’s truly in his heart. With two wives, and a few love-flings, this poem is dedicated to Harry’s heartbreak from an earlier love of his life, Mrs. Conway.

Mapping Harry

02 May 2014
Posted by scott

We've always kinda figured, from the beginning, that it would be useful to have some kind of geographic representation of Harry's whereabouts over time. But it hasn't been a terribly high priority, and I, for one, have been dreading being asked to figure out the technology that would make this possible; I don't really know the first thing about mapping. Fortunately, no-one told any of Naomi's students about my dread, and one of them is curious about Harry's travels. So, away we go.

Posted by kelly

Watkins worked with many famous actors (including T. D. Rice, Charlotte Cushman, and Edwin Forrest) and he records his (often unfavorable) thoughts on them in his diary. One such actor was Junius Brutus Booth Sr. Although Junius Brutus Booth Sr. was a well-known and accomplished actor in England and in the United States of America, Harry Watkins was not impressed by Booth’s talents as an actor and a playwright.

Posted by cathelyne

Being an English major, I’ve grown accustom to taking courses which require me to read many novels and write about them in a thought-provoking and critical way. That has been my life for a very long time; a wide array of literary discoveries within a very narrow space. It came as a great surprise to me when I discovered that this internship wasn’t like that at all.

Posted by gabriella

In January 2014, eight students began an internship with the Harry Watkins Project. I thought this would just be another English class, but it turned out to be something else, something really challenging...

Holidays with Harry

06 Jan 2014
Posted by christine

Christmas – coldest day of season. Rehearsal A.M. Holiday for all class of society, but Actors, whose labors are increased – not their salaries – to two or three extra performances. They are made to suffer for others' amusements, filling manager's purses while their own are empty. At Theatre P.M. – three pieces – fine house
– Harry Watkins, December 25th, 1849

Posted by amy

In early November, Naomi, Scott, and I participated in an "electronic roundtable" focusing on methodologies and tools deployed in the digital humanities, organized by Sarah Bay-Cheng (SUNY Buffalo) and Debra Caplan (Baruch College, CUNY) for the annual American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) conference in Dallas. It was a truly excellent session -- more like an "electronic poster session" because the participants demonstrated their projects on laptops as everyone circulated in the room.

Watkins in England

06 Oct 2013
Posted by naomi

Harry's diary abruptly ends mid-sentence in 1860 while he is in England. As frustrating as this is, it presents an exciting challenge -- where did he go? What did he perform there? And how was he received? This summer (thanks to an award from the Society for Theatre Research), I visited several collections in England to try to find out answers to these questions.

Posted by amy

After a very productive summer (among other things, Naomi visited archives in the UK, and Shane and I proofread scores of transcriptions), we received the exciting news that CUNY has awarded us a Collaborative Incentive Research Grant (CIRG) totaling nearly $30,000. This support will enable us to make substantial progress on the project over the next year.