I have been redesigning the “WWI Diary of Albert Huet” project for the past few weeks and I am happy to announce the following new features:
A biography in English of Albert and some information about the project and the diary.
Information about the translation project that was led by Dr. Lynn E. Palermo from Susquehanna University and completed in June 2018.
The diary which now features for each page: the image, the transcription, the standardized French text, and the English translation. Users can easily navigate from tab to tab. Each image is linked to the original file in the University of Florida’s Digital Collections. At the bottom of each page, you can find links to the previous and next pages of the diary. There is also now a list of all the pages of the diary, should users want to navigate to a very specific page.
The additional documents related to Albert’s life in the army now feature two photos taken by my aunt of Albert’s two “croix de guerre”.
My goal was to make the diary more useful to scholars, students, and the broader public in general. I am so thankful to my family for letting me digitize all of these documents and sharing them with the world.
I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone who has accessed, shared, or used the World War I diary of my great-grandfather Albert Huet. Since February, it has been viewed more than 1,700 times. I can’t believe it. And neither can my grandfather, who is amazed that his dad’s story would be interesting to so many people.
In an effort to further enhance the project, I would now like to know how colleagues are using Albert Huet’s diary. I’m therefore requesting that anyone who has used the diary in her/his research or teaching to let me know (hhuet at ufl.edu) how it has helped you. I’m eager to learn about your experience and to link your projects/assignments/articles/books on my website.
As today is November 11 and we are also commemorating the centennial of World War 1, I thought I should share with you an excerpt from my great-grandfather’s diary, that he wrote after the war ended. We found his diary a few years ago, in my grandparents’ garage, and it was a very emotional moment for all of us. My great-grandfather, Albert Huet, was a young man from Normandy when he entered the war in 1916 (he had just turned 18), and after being gassed a few weeks before the Armistice, he suffered all his life from lung issues.