Daniel A. Sheridan
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Tim Journal

A Writer's Blog

by Daniel A. Sheridan

 

 

Tim

First Journal Entry: July 11, 2000

Here goes—ten years since I last attempted to write anything of consequence. It was on June 17, 1990 that I moved up to Boston to play drums in The Immigrants — fittingly it was both Father’s Day and Bunker Hill Day. And now here I am trying to pick up a pen and write. And write what, you say? A book about Tim...

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August 2, 2000:

With the outline completed, or thought-out somewhat, I should endeavor to think about the research necessary for this book. It is a decision not without consequences. If I delve in as a historian, I will produce a scholarly work. If I delve in as a writer, I will produce a work to be read by the average reader...

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August 30, 2000:

The National Archives graciously sent me never before published (at least as far as I can tell) pictures of O'Sullivan and his wife, Laura. They also sent me some records from the Pywell family Bible. Laura was born on January 31, 1850, married Tim on February 11, 1873. Tim died on January 14, 1882...

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July 13, 2010:

I cannot break this habit of writing! I read an arts review of Norman Rockwell in The New York Times this past Sunday. “Mr. Spielberg bought his first Rockwell in 1981), a stirring painting that was commissioned in 1923 as an advertisement for Underwood Typewriters (I have my classic black one from Aunt Agnes-not sure how old it is. 1930s?)..

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July 29, 2010:

Yesterday, Beaumont Newhall’s book on Timothy H. O’Sullivan arrived. It appears to be autographed by Beaumont in January, 1984 – he passed away in 1993. Ansel Adams includes an essay, “An Appreciation” which I enjoyed – Adams pointed out Inscription Rock – much as I did in my term paper in The History of Photography after visiting MOMA...

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August 5, 2010:

Joel Snyder’s book, American Frontiers – The Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan, 1867-1874 arrived today from the postman. This book was published in 1981. Joel tracked down E. Marshall Pywell of Washington, D.C. “who allowed me to invade his privacy and shared important information about his great grand-uncle, Timothy H. O’Sullivan...

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May 1, 2012:

Dan, take advantage of your day off, Terri says to me… Take Katie into Boston, you can go to the library and show her the city. A beautiful sunny day — to the microfilm department as Katie waited patiently while I looked up old newspapers – The New York Tribune – September 1850. A quiet sigh, Dad, has it been 59 minutes yet?...

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August 20, 2012:

Chapter 9 is done. The pieces are falling into place… almost by themselves. Sometimes this book gives me an eerie feeling. I am just the scribe taking dictation. When you take the jumbled mess of a puzzle and start putting the pieces together, don’t fool yourself into thinking you are the one figuring it out...

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Jan. 3, 2014:

Happy Birthday, Delia! Yesterday, I hit upon an important discovery – I found online access to old newspapers at the Library of Congress. I was able to directly access the N.Y. Daily Tribune – in particular Sept. 11, 1850. You have no idea how ecstatic this made me – I clicked my heels like James Cagney singing Yankee Doodle Dandy!

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Feb. 4, 2014:

Happy Birthday, Jim! A few weeks ago, or perhaps a month ago, I watched, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I click on the YouTube link to the very first episode which aired in September of 1968. I haven’t heard that opening song since I was a boy – the French horns. It was Mom’s favorite show. There she is walking along the beach...

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March 27, 2014:

I watched a great movie last night – The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe. No, this is not the one with John Cusack from 2012 — that was called The Raven. This is the one made in 1942 in black & white. There is this wonderful scene which depicts Poe sitting down to a fireside chat with Thomas Jefferson, a fellow writer...

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Oct. 26, 2017:

I first learned about Timothy H. O'Sullivan while studying the history of photography at New York University in the spring of 1989. Professor Silver clicked back and forth in a slide show comparing O’Sullivan’s photograph, Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle, N.M., taken in 1873 with Ansel Adams’ view taken in 1942...

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