Per Ed's recommendation, the bibliography instructions have been revised to include more clear instructions for searching on words with diacritical marks. The instructions formerly read as follows: "We attempt to display the correct diacritical marks for foreign-language entries. When entering foreign-language entries, you may enter letters without diacritical marks ("u" instead of "ü", for example); the results will display the correct marks." The revised section now reads: Users searching for authors and titles containing diacritical marks: Do not use diacritical marks when searching the Walt Whitman Archive bibliography. Simply enter all letters without diacritical marks ("Grunzweig" instead of "Grünzweig", for example).
This change can be viewed at the following url: http://whitmanarchive.org/criticism/bibliography/index.html.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Two pieces of correspondence, Walt Whitman to Walbridge A. Field, 11 May 1870 and Walt Whitman to Amos Tappan Akerman, 9 January 1871, were inadvertently given the same Whitman Archive ID as two scribal documents. Walt Whitman to Walbridge A. Field, 11 May 1870, formerly nar.00004, has the new Whitman Archive ID nar.03604, and Walt Whitman to Amos Tappan Akerman, 9 January 1871, formerly nar.00005, has the new Whitman Archive ID nar.03605. All scribal documents are now recorded in the project database, which enforces unique IDs, so there should be no further instances of this problem with regard to items at the National Archives. I have updated the relevant published files, including nar.03604, nar.03605, and the correspondence Index page, http://whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/index.html