Newbook Digital Texts was founded in 2012 by University of Washington faculty Walter Andrews, Sarah Ketchley and Mary Childs.  It has come to include a group of scholars who envision easy, open access to less well known literary and historical texts, and like works in the humanities and social sciences that might not otherwise be published by conventional academic presses.

Project Directors

Walter G. Andrews PhD is founder of the Ottoman Text Archive Project, and co-founder of Newbook Digital Texts. Walter is a Research Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literature; he has translated and published several works on Ottoman and modern Turkish poetry and culture. walter@uw.edu

Mary E. Childs PhD, is a co-founder of Newbook Digital Texts. Mary is a specialist in late- and post-Soviet Literature, both Russian and Georgian, and gender studies. She is a translator of Georgian literature, and a lecturer at the University of Washington, both in the Slavic Department and in Comparative History of Ideas; and an adjunct Professor of Russian Culture at Seattle Pacific University. mchilds@uw.edu

Sarah Ketchley PhD, is an Egyptologist with a specialty in art history in the first millennium BCE.  She is co-founder of Newbook Digital Texts and teaches ‘An Introduction to Digital Humanities’ at UW.  Inspired by intrepid women travelers of the 19th century, she has been working with student interns to digitize and publish the Nile travel diaries of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews.  Working computationally to analyze the content of Emma’s writings, Sarah and her students have created an extensive digital biographical database, interactive maps and an archive of encoded primary source material.  Sarah is the digital Project Manager of the Baki Project, which aims to identify and transcribe the many poems of Baki, arguably the most famous Ottoman poet of all.   ketchley@uw.edu


Stacy Waters PhD, has been the technical consultant on the Ottoman Text Archive Project and Svoboda Diary projects. He has taught courses in Digital Arts for the Humanities, and provided consulting for projects at CARTAH (Center for Advanced Research Technology in the Arts and Humanities) at the University of Washington. He is a specialist in medieval English texts. stacy@uw.edu

Student Interns

Each year we have been fortunate to have a group of student interns working for Newbook Digital Texts, helping with tasks from transcribing and editing, to technical aspects of the projects as well as marketing, grant writing and project management.


Freshman Convocation, University of Washington 2015

A Diary Inspires a Publishing House: UW Arts & Sciences Newsletter

Connecting the Dots: Helping Students Link Academics and Careers

‘How I Work Open: Sarah Ketchley’ University of Washington Open Access Week Blog & Exhibit


Newbook Digital Texts is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington.


Our projects, faculty and students have received funding awards and stipends from the following organizations for project expenses, training and travel:

The National Endowment for the Humanities

The Simpson Center for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Compute Canada

The American Philosophical Society

University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program

Mary Gates Research Scholarships

University of Washington McNair Program

Thanks also to individual UW Departments who have given several departmental awards to our interns.

Our ongoing work relies on the generosity of our supporters. If you are interested in making a donation, you can do so here.  Your investment in our work goes a long way! Thank you.