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.

Posted by shane

We have just completed transcribing the first section of Harry Watkins's diary, which begins on November 20, 1845 and concludes on May 31, 1846. Within this time span of only half a year, Watkins was a very busy working actor. He writes about having either seen or performed in over 30 plays, his attendance at a public execution, and his travels by steamship around the Gulf of Mexico between Galveston, TX and New Orleans, LA or wherever he lands an acting gig.

Posted by shane

I have just completed transcribing and coding the first batch of digital scans of Harry Watkins's diary. This folder does not include much content from Watkins's writing but rather correspondence from his daughter Amy to the Skinners (who in 1938 were the first to publish portions of his diary), as well as practical notes from what seems to be archivists involved in scanning his books. It was a good way to start getting acquainted with certain XML tags (such as "unclear" because much of Amy's handwriting required that tag!) before diving into Harry's entries.