Posted by amy

We've been so busy with the release of A Player and a Gentleman (our critical edition of Harry Watkins's diary, published by University of Michigan Press) that we've neglected to let Friends of Harry know that our digital edition of the diary is now available at U-M Library Digital Collections!

Posted by amy

Six years after Naomi, Scott, and I began working on this project in earnest -- and ten years after I found the manuscript buried in the Skinner Family Papers at Houghton Library (Harvard University) -- our critical edition of Harry Watkins's diary, A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century US American Actorhas been released by University of Michigan Press!

Posted by naomi

After many years of dedicated work by our extensive team, we're delighted to announce that the diary of Harry Watkins will be published in October 2018 by University of Michigan Press!

Posted by naomi

Because we love to talk about Harry Watkins and because (we hope) others like to hear about our project, we enthusiastically accepted a recent invitation from Michael Lueger at HowlRound to be interviewed for his Theatre History podcast series. The interview is short but wide-ranging and gave us a space to discuss why we think the diary is important, highlight amusing Tweets, update listeners on the status of the project, and share some our favorite entries.

Posted by amy

Although Harry Watkins provides an astonishing amount of information about his professional life in his diary, he is practically silent about his family background. So, we have been working hard to piece together his ancestry -- which has led to several remarkable discoveries.

Over the past two years, I have spent hundreds of hours conducting genealogical research on the Watkins family. Today, I know much more about Harry Watkins and his relations than my own family! It's been a fascinating journey, one that is still ongoing.

Harry Tweets!

09 Nov 2016
Posted by scott

To commemorate the 171st anniversary of the commencement of Harry's diary (and to celebrate impending delivery of the critical edition to the publisher), Harry will begin tweeting on November 20, 2016.

Posted by naomi

What a fabulous way to start 2016 -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Harry Watkins Project an "Award for Faculty" for 2016! The panel of reviewers described the project as “impressive” and “field-changing,” and noted both its scholarly and pedagogical value. This award will support work on the chapters for the print edition of the diary and, by extension, the digital edition as well. 

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.

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