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Naomi J. Stubbs
CUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City, NY 11101-3007)
A Critical Edition of the Diary of Harry Watkins, 19th-Century American Actor

Preparation of a scholarly edition of the diary of 19th-century American actor Harry Watkins (1825-1894).

This grant will support the creation of a critical edition of the diary of nineteenth-century American actor Harry Watkins. Written from 1845-1860, it is the only known diary of its size and scope by an American actor during the decade prior to the Civil War. The diary documents performances by famous actors, political events, business transactions, and personal matters, and our edition will provide researchers, teachers, and general readers interested in nineteenth-century US entertainment, politics, economics, and culture an accurate and accessible edition of this unique diary. During the award period, I will prepare six chapters of the printed edition according to our style guide. I will write annotations for basic information needed to understand the diary’s content (e.g., names, places, and terms) and form (e.g., noting redacted and amended text), drawing upon research conducted at the Harvard Theatre Collection and New York Public Library.

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Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

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$8,400 (approved)
$8,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 8/31/2016