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.

Posted by scott

Proofreading is a big concern over here at the Harry Watkins Diary shop. I believe both Naomi and I have already written a bit about it on these pages. Because we're using XML markup (in accordance with the TEI Guidelines, we hope), the text that we are faced with proofreading may suffer from an especially wide variety of faults.

Posted by danielle

When coming into the Harry Watkins project I wasn’t sure what to expect nor what I was going to take from it. I was learning about history and theatre through Watkins and thought he was comical as well as knowledgable. I only expected Watkins to talk about theatre in his journal entries but he also talked about historical events such as slavery and the unfair treatment. Watkins gave me a deeper insight on his current events that are now our history which helped me in a history class that I was taking when I first came into this project.

Posted by scott

Unless you're staff on this project, there's not a whole lot to see, beyond the anecdotes and updates occasionally appearing here. Probably no-one wants to look too closely at an ongoing transcription project, anyway. For the stouter of heart, though, here's a tiny peep behind the scenes . . .

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