Posted by amy

We are delighted and honored to be the first project featured on ASTR's Digital Research and Scholarship blog! You can read the post here. This group, which was recently established by the American Society of Theatre Research with the support of an anonymous donor, is spearheaded by Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College).

Posted by amy

At 7:55pm EST tonight, Shane and I reviewed the transciptions of the last diary pages assigned to our team for the second round of proofreading. Naomi and her editorial assistants finished their half of the diary before we did, so we are not victorious in that respect. But it feels like a victory nevertheless. 

Posted by elijah

On June 24, 2015, Dr. William Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), visited LaGuardia Community College, where I shared my experience of working with the Harry Watkins Diary project. His visit began with a discussion with President Dr. Gail Mellow, faculty, and students about the thriving humanities research programs at LaGuardia, and to tour the campus.

Posted by amy

It’s been quiet on the blog recently, but it’s been anything but quiet behind the scenes. For example, we welcomed a new student member to our editorial team: Elijah Akinbamidele. We also hit the halfway point in our second round of tandem proofreading (PR2 is 56% complete as of today), and so we will likely meet our goal of completing all proofreading by the end of this summer!

Censoring his past

09 Jan 2015
Posted by naomi

What better way to start off the New Year than with a trip to Harvard Theatre Collection to uncover disappointed love, drunken antics, and disputed records?

Through some heavy etching out and repeating letter forms over the initial text, lengthy sections of the diary have been redacted by Harry. What do these passages concern? Chiefly his love life, bouts of excessive drinking, and disputes surrounding authorship of his plays, and these alterations show Harry's awareness of future readers.

Posted by scott

A conference is attended. Contacts are made. Ideas fructify unbidden.

Posted by shane

Before I became a theatre historian, I was a professional graphic designer, having designed children’s books, marketing materials, and quite a few snarky t-shirts for myself. It has been five years since my last design job, so I was thrilled when the editors asked me if I would mind designing a Harry Watkins t-shirt for our staff. I knew immediately that I would feature a piece of Harry’s writing to show off his (not always) elegant script which might show a bit of who he is as a person.

The Watkins Retreat

26 Aug 2014
Posted by naomi

In late August, the two project Co-Directors left the city and the distractions of day-to-day life to really focus on the project's needs and next steps. Before the semester started, we wanted to address such issues as clarifying our transcription policy (again!) and proofreading procedures. It turns out we agree on some of the things we were concerned were problematic (like when is a comma a comma?), and did not agree on some of the things we both thought were obvious (when is an add an add?).

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.