Friday, December 17, 2010

Typo Correction in Sequel to Drum-Taps

Mary Young pointed out a transcription error in the Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps volume. In "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" I've corrected the phrase "And carried hither and you" to "And carried hither and yon."

~ Brett

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Corrections made to Drum-Taps

I've made several changes to the volume of Drum-Taps available on the Whitman Archive:

In the transcription of page 31, I have restored the word "river" to the line that begins "Enter the captur'd works"; page 32, restored the dropped line, "An attendant follows, holding a tray--he carries a refuse pail"; page 33 restored the dropped line, "The neck of the cavalry-man, with the bullet through and through, I examine"; page 49, restored the exclamation point after "victorious" in the line beginning, "Sons of the Mother of All!"

Similarly, to the volume of Drum-Taps with Sequel to Drum-Taps, I have restored the word "river" to the line that begins "Enter the captur'd works" and the exclamation point after "victorious" in the line beginning, "Sons of the Mother of All!"

Steve Marsden brought these transcription errors to our attention.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps now available

Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps are now available on the Whitman Archive, via the "Other Books" section. Heidi Bean derived the transcriptions from the 1867 Leaves, copy-edited the text against the volumes of Drum-Taps, and encoded the text. Joshua Ware migrated the encoding to P5 and developed the XSLT for html display. Ashley Lawson proofread the WWA text. The source documents are copies of Drum-Taps and Drum-Taps with Sequel to Drum-Taps held by the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

dropped line restored in 1871-72 Leaves of Grass

Matt Cohen pointed out that the line "The people to become brothers and sisters," was dropped in our transcription of "Passage to India" in the 1871-72 Leaves of Grass. Thanks go to Joshua Ware for correcting this error.


Friday, October 22, 2010

transcription error in 1871-72 Leaves of Grass fixed

An Archive user pointed out an error in our transcription of the 1871-72 Leaves of Grass. The line that begins, "To think that the rivers will flow, and the snow fall" had been transcribed as "To thank that the rivers will flow . . . ." I've revised our transcription.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

name on correspondence index page fixed

I have corrected Fred McReady's name on the correspondence index page, where it was listed as "Fred Mcready." (McReady's name was transcribed correctly in the letter's TEI file.)


Monday, October 11, 2010

New article posted under "About the Archive"

Ken's article "Civil War Washington, the Walt Whitman Archive, and Some Present Editorial Challenges and Future Possibilities" is now live in the "About" section of the Archive's website ( Thanks to Bev Rilett for encoding the article.


Friday, October 8, 2010

New York Aurora page images now available on Whitman Archive

As of this morning, page images of the New York Aurora from February through April 1842 are available on the Archive. To accommodate this material, I've created a new index page for Whitman's contributions to periodicals. The "periodicals" link from the home page now goes to this new page, which provides access both to Whitman's poems first published in periodicals and to the Aurora.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Error in Civil War letter corrected

I corrected the name of Thomas P. Sawyer, who corresponded with Whitman during the Civil War, in one of the letters and the index page for the correspondence. It had been encoded as "Thomas P. Singer," and Liz pointed out the error.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Added 72 dpi image of O Captain! My Captain!

The 72 dpi link for O Captain! My Captain! was broken. This issue was fixed by creating a 72 dpi jpg of brn.00001 (brn.00001.001.jpg) and uploading it to the manuscript figures folder on the server.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Correction in 1891-92 "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"

User Sean Mullane pointed out that the head for the 16th section had been omitted; I added it.

~ Brett

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Small Revisions to Blue Book Encyclopedia Entry

On about 10 September I revised the encyclopedia XML file so that the title of the entry about the Blue Book now reads: Walt Whitman's Blue Book (was: Walt Whitman's Blue Book (1968). I also revised the last sentence of the entry, which began "One can now follow Whitman's advice . . . ." It now begins "Both the print facsimile edition and the Whitman Archive online edition now allow one to follow Whitman's advice . . . ." Both changes were proposed by Ed Folsom.

~ Brett

publication information slightly revised for periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!"

I've slightly revised the wording and punctuation of the publication information for the periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" following suggestions from Ken.


"After the argument"--tweaking of a poetry manuscript

I noticed we lacked a space between "rippling" and "water" in our transcription. Thanks go to Brett for fixing this yesterday.

revision to Encyclopedia entry for the 1855 Leaves

About ten days ago, Brett posted a revised version of Ivan Marki's encyclopedia entry on the 1855 Leaves of Grass. Ed Folsom updated the entry taking account of many new discoveries.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

mistranscription in "The Wound-Dresser," Leaves of Grass (1881-82) fixed

In the 1881-82 edition of Leaves of Grass, we had mistranscribed an instance of the word soldiers' as soldier's in "The Wound-Dresser." I have fixed this error, which was pointed out by an Archive user.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

error in transcription of periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" fixed

The transcription of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" duplicated the word "his" in line five. I've fixed this error in the WWA transcription. In addition, I've updated the bibliographic information for the Genoways volume referenced in the publication history section. Genoways' work was listed as "forthcoming," which I've changed to "2010."


Friday, August 27, 2010

typo in "Beat! Beat! Drums!" corrected

A Whitman Archive user directed our attention to a typo in our transcription of the periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" In the first stanza, "congregation" had been mistranscribed as "congregagation." I've fixed the error.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

title of Poems of Walt Whitman changed in two places in Reviews

I have changed the title of Leaves of Grass: The Poems of Walt Whitman to Poems of Walt Whitman in two places in the Reviews section: the Reviews index page and the heading of the index page for reviews of the edition (currently only a single review). These changes make our use of the title consistent throughout and match the title of the edition as it is given in the review itself.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Page "header" to Blue Book page images adjusted

I've implemented a couple of small changes to the text of the title that appears in the grey border over these pages.

~ Brett

Monday, August 2, 2010

Blue Book entry added to the encyclopedia

This entry, by Arthur Golden, was not one of the 80 originally transcribed, so I proofread from the recently received pre-publication file and then added it to the XML file that holds all the selected entries. This was necessary so that I could provide users with the text from the "about" link for the Blue Book on the Leaves of Grass index page.

~ Brett

Links to Blue Book images and encyclopedia entry added from LG index page

I've created a "page flipper" for the Blue Book and added a link to it from the Leaves of Grass index page (under the 1860 edition).

~ Brett

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Indexing of gallery re-enabled

At the just-finished Whitman camp (our annual planning meeting), Travis argued compellingly for allowing search engines to index the photographs. As there were no objections, I've edited the robots.txt file to do this.

~ Brett

Typo in "After certain disastrous campaigns" manuscript (pml.00006) corrected

Matt Cohen pointed out that the editorial note misspelled "disastrous"; I have now corrected.

~ Brett

Typo fixed in correspondence; Levi Strauss & company added to support page

I noticed that the letter from Thayer & Eldridge to Whitman, 27 July 1860 had a typo: "We shall probably dispose of all the second Edition before the close of next month and we think that we had better point if cheaper for the next Edition, with a small Edition of the other style with the addition at 1.50." Liz corrected the phrase "point if cheaper" to "point it cheaper."

Liz also added Levi Strauss & Company to the list of "partners" on the support page.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Index page to Russian editions now available in Russian

Following the model employed on the index pages for the German and Spanish Editions, I have revised the Russian Editions index page ( to link to a version of the page in Russian. Lisa Renfro translated and proofread the page. In addition, both pages are now generated from XML/TEI files, transformed with XSLT, rather than from source HTML files.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Links to social media sites now available

I have added links to the Whitman Archive's Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Blogger Changelog to the homepage. Look for the icons in the "News and Updates" section of the homepage. In addition, I've created a "Follow us" link under "About," which links to a new page that also provides access to the sites.

Ashley Lawson set up our Facebook and Twitter presence.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

About the Archive information revised/updated; new News and Updates

Two pages in the About section of the Archive, the Overview and Support pages, have been updated to reflect current work and funding (Ken provided the details and revisions). In addition, the homepage now announces the availability of Complete Prose Works and Memoranda During the War.


Friday, July 2, 2010

error corrected in transcription of W. W. Thayer to Walt Whitman, 31 August 1862

I have corrected a mistranscription, pointed out by Ken, in the letter from W. W. Thayer to Walt Whitman of 31 August 1862, loc.00590. Our transcription originally read "with mind that have fed on husks," and I have corrected to "with minds that have fed on husks."

~Liz L.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Memoranda During the War added to "Other Books"

Whitman's Memoranda During the War (1876) is now available on the Archive. Memoranda joins Complete Prose Works as the second volume in the new "Other Books" section.

Thanks go to Joshua Ware, Liz McClurg, Ashley Lawson, Brett Barney, and Brian Pytlik Zillig for their assistance with the project.

~Liz L.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Complete Prose Works added; Archive homepage and Published Works index pages revised

Whitman's Complete Prose Works (1892) is now available on the Whitman Archive. I have added a new category, "Other Books," to the Published Works section of the Archive homepage. In addition, I have revised the Published Works index page to include this new category.

Joshua Ware prepared the text for presentation on the Whitman Archive.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Update to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Finding Aid

I have updated The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Finding Aid, to reflect our style guide. Moreover, I added verso images of manuscripts, and corrected the images for the manuscript "To Other Lands."

-- Tim

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Haverford College Finding Aid Removed

The Haverford College Finding Aid for poetry manuscripts was removed, since Haverford College has no Walt Whitman poetry manuscripts.

-- Tim

Updates to some Finding Aids

I have updated the following Finding Aids, to reflect our style guide: American Antiquarian Society; Amherst College (also, made titles consistent, and corrected publication dates for “[It is in itself]”); Boston Public Library (also, corrected duplicate images for “Eidólons,” “To a Locomotive in Winter,” “Religions – Gods,” and “[You don’t want something to wrestle with you]”); Boston University (also, made titles consistent); Brigham Young University (also, added a blank verso image); British Library (also, made titles consistent); University of California, Berkeley; Dartmouth College; and Harvard University (also, made titles consistent).

-- Tim

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blue Book image added; NYPL-Lion EAD updated, part 2

Thanks to Sabrina, I located an image of page 227 from the Blue Book. I've processed the image and uploaded it to the figures directory. I've also revised the EAD to make available the link to the page image.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Downloads link added

I have added a link to the Downloads page from the front page (under "Resources") and also from the Resources main page.


Downloads link added

I have added a link to the Downloads page from the front page (under "Resources") and also from the Resources main page.

~ Brett

missing Blue Book images processed, uploaded; NYPL-Lion Finding Guide updated

I have processed and uploaded the missing images for pages 228-239 of the Blue Book to the manuscripts/figures directory and have updated the NYPL-Lion Finding Guide. (The Integrated Guide should ingest these updates within 24 hours.) These images were on a CD that apparently had been overlooked when the other images were processed.

Please note that there is still no image for page 227. I am looking into whether an image for the page was included with the Blue Book scans, and I have not yet located it.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Missing text added to review of Leaves of Grass Imprints

I have filled in some gaps in the text of a LoG Imprints review ( based on Ken's reading of the original copy during his recent trip to Brooklyn.


Another typo fixed

I have corrected another typo that Ken spotted in the "Credit" section of the caption to one of our Whitman images ( The line now correctly reads " Hirshhorn Museum."


Typo fixed

I have fixed a typo on page iv of the 1855 Leaves of Grass ("adn" --> "and").


Monday, April 26, 2010

Slight change made to biographical essay

I have altered the first sentence of Ed and Ken's biographical essay on Whitman by shortening the information on his birthplace to "in West Hills on Long Island." A user of the Archive from New York helpfully pointed out that the previous phrasing was incorrect, since West Hills is near Huntington, Long Island, rather than Hempstead. 


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Civil War correspondence added to the site

We have enhanced the site by publishing the Civil War correspondence of Whitman. Thanks go the NHPRC for supporting this work. In editing more than 600 letters, the Whitman Archive has created the first two-way correspondence treating these key years in Whitman's life. This contribution represents the combined effort of Whitman Archive staff at the Universities of Iowa, Virginia, and Nebraska-Lincoln. 


Friday, March 26, 2010

Downloads of raw LG and reviews files added

I created a zip archive of each of the Leaves of Grass texts and a single zip archive of the 210 reviews files. These are now available from the Downloads page (, the design of which I have tweaked to accord with similar pages on the site.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Manuscript title change in a finding aid

I changed the title "Notes for Lecture" to "[Was it thought that all was]" in the finding aid for The Alice and Rollo G. Silver Collection in the Special Collections at Boston University.

-- Tim

Two Reviews from the National Anti-Slavery Standard Added

I have encoded and added two previously unnoticed reviews of works by Whitman that appeared in the National Anti-Slavery Standard in 1856 and 1868 respectively:, . The reviews were brought to our attention by Ezra Greenspan.

- Vanessa

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

copyright dates updated

I changed "1995-2009" to "1995-2010" both in the HTML source for the front page and in the XSLT source for the inner pages.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Australian Journal's 1869 Review of Poems by WW added

I have encoded and added the Australian Journal's 1869 Review of Poems by WW to the review section of the Archive.

The review has been linked from the poems index here:


Review of the 1860-61 LoG from the New York Day Book Added

I have encoded and added the review of the 1860-61 Leaves of Grass that Eric Conrad discovered to the review section of the Archive (

- Vanessa

Saturday, February 27, 2010

DHQ essay posted in "About the Archive"

Vanessa Steinroetter posted my essay from Digital Humanities Quarterly "Edition, Project, Database, Thematic Research Collection: What's in a Name?" in the "About the Archive" section of the site.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Travis Brown, who works with Matt C. at U Texas, has added to the bibliography of scholarship all of the entries from the Giantvalley volume (1838-1941).

~ Brett

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Error corrected in periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!"

I've corrected a typographical error in our transcription of the periodical printing of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" In the second stanza, I've corrected "Over the traffic of cites" to read "Over the traffic of cities."