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Emma B. Andrews Diary Project

Emma B. Andrews is best remembered for her association with the millionaire lawyer turned archaeologist/art and antiquities collector, Theodore M. Davis. Traveling to Egypt with him between 1889 and 1912, she kept detailed journals of these voyages along the Nile, including his important yet under-reported excavations of 20 significant tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Emma provides a vital commentary on the archaeology and pioneering Egyptologists of the time. She paints a revealing picture of the lives of the colonial gentry and the cultural and scientific literati in Egypt at the dawn of the twentieth century. Her diaries are unpublished; analysis of the 19 volumes will afford scholars and a general audience ready access to an important historical resource for the first time.

View an (in progress) Mapping Data Visualization of Volume 1 of the Andrews diary, 1889-1890.

Created by Sarah Ketchley and Cynthia Cea at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2016, University of Victoria, BC using the Neatline mapping tool.

Reader Development

We have experimented with a variety of platforms for displaying original source documents, our plaintext transcriptions and TEI/XML-encoded texts.  Our development goal is to display original documents in both standalone and side-by-side views, according to reader preference.  We are also working to dynamically link the biographies in the Emmapedia with references in the text to give rich context to the reading experience.

View our work: THE DIARIES