Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Corrected typo in periodical poem

I changed “piereced” to “pierced” in the second-to-last line of Whitman’s poem “Ambition,” published in Brother Jonathan on January 29, 1842. 

~ Nikki

Monday, December 14, 2015

Support page updated

I have updated the “Support” page to reflect recent funding and staffing information, and to fix the link to the University of Nebraska Foundation’s web page for donations to the Whitman Archive. 

~ Nikki

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New marginalia section published

A new section of the Archive devoted to Whitman's marginalia and annotations is now available.  This section features more than 800 searchable pages of Whitman’s markings on books and notes about his reading.  Whitman Archive staff and former staff members and affiliates who have contributed to the marginalia and annotations include: Matt Cohen, Kenneth Price, Ed Folsom, Erica Fretwell, Ashley Lawson, Brett Barney, Liz Lorang, Karin Dalziel, Jessica Dussault, Jonathan Cheng, Travis Brown, Mike Speriosu, Laura Beerits, Elizabeth Frye, Nicole Gray, Lauren Grewe, Ty Alyea, Alejandro Omidsalar, and Ashley Palmer.  Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for support of this work.    

~ Nikki

Monday, November 23, 2015

Additional encyclopedia entries now available

I have published 30 additional entries from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998) on the Whitman Archive

~ Nikki

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Correspondence published, scribal index updated

We have published 74 additional post-Reconstruction letters.  The letters are available on the Whitman Archive at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/index.html.  We have also updated the index and search options for the scribal documents. 

~ Nikki

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Corrected link to audio recording of "America"

The link on the audio recordings page (http://www.whitmanarchive.org/multimedia/audio.html) had an .html extension, which I've changed to .mp3

~ Brett

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Corrections made to piece of correspondence

Ken noticed several errors in the notes for the letter from Walt Whitman to James Redpath, 21 October 1863. The name of the character in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches, Tribulation Periwinkle, was misspelled. Also, the note incorrectly referred to Specimen Days as the realization of Whitman's publishing proposal to Redpath, when it should have been Memoranda During the War. Both of these errors have been corrected.

- Kevin

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Corrections and updates to With Walt Whitman in Camden, Vol. 1

We have reproofed and made a series of updates to Volume 1 of Horace Traubel’s With Walt Whitman in Camden, including adjustments to spacing, correction of typos, and addition of a list of illustrations. We have also clarified the nature of the notes in this volume by describing them as “indexical notes.” 

~ Nikki

Friday, October 30, 2015

Updated image in Traubel volume 1

Figure 24 in volume 1 of With Walt Whitman in Camden (between pages 334 and 335) was displaying incorrectly as a duplicate of figure 23, a picture of Anne Gilchrist.  I have replaced this duplicate with the correct image for figure 24, a photograph of Walt Whitman from about 1862. 

~ Nikki

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Duke EAD file updated; Integrated Catalog updated

Square brackets were removed from the title of duk.00679 in the Duke EAD file. The Integrated Catalog of Whitman's Literary Manuscripts was also updated to account for this change.

- Kevin

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Updated post-Reconstruction total letter count

I have updated the status bar on the “post-Reconstruction” correspondence page to be consistent with our most recent estimate of the total number of post-Reconstruction letters (changing the estimated total from 1900 to 1800 letters). 

~ Nikki

XML display for scribal documents

The “View XML” option on the scribal documents was producing a page error.  I have updated the display for the scribal documents so that the XML is accessible.   Thanks to Ruth Tillman for drawing our attention to this issue.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Updated staff page

I have updated the Whitman Archive staff page to reflect current staff information and projects. 

~ Nikki

Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Unlocated" manuscript now in newly-created repository file

A manuscript that was previously included in the "Unlocated Manuscripts" section of the EAD material has now been identified as being in Ed Folsom's private collection. A new EAD file has been created for Ed's collection and the item in question (med.00791) moved into it. It now appears on the manuscript catalog index page as "Folsom, Ed, Private Collection of".

- Kevin

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fourteen Additional Interviews Published

I've newly published the following interviews/reminiscences: med.00624, med.00625, med.00626, med.00627, med.00629, med.00631, med.00633, med.00637, med.00640, med.00651, med.00669, med.00674, med.00675, and med.00676. This brings the total number of files in this section to 110.

~ Brett

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Travelling Bachelor" series published

I have published Whitman's journalistic series, "Letters from a
Travelling Bachelor" in the Journalism section of the Archive. The
series has been edited for the Whitman Archive by Jason Stacy, and the
edition has been developed with the support of the National Endowment
for the Humanities.


Elizabeth Lorang, Ph.D.
Digital Humanities Projects Librarian
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cdrh.unl.edu | civilwardc.org | whitmanarchive.org

Identified probable Burroughs note on correspondence

After review and comparison with other letters, we have identified John Burroughs as the probable writer of a note (a quote by Hartley Coleridge) on an envelope that accompanied the letter from Walt Whitman to John Burroughs of February 9, 1883.  We had previously listed the writer of this note as unknown. We have updated the information in a footnote: 


Thanks to Nicola Healey for drawing our attention to this note.  

~ Nikki

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Corrections to Interviews & Reminiscences

Ken pointed out problems with the following files, which I have now corrected: med.00617.xml, med.00558.xml, med.00594.xml, med.00570, and med.00597.

~ Brett

Monday, August 24, 2015

Correspondence added to the Whitman Archive

I have published 90 additional post-Reconstruction letters.  The letters are available on the Whitman Archive at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/index.html.

~ Nikki

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Typo in the 1855 Leaves Corrected

Bojana Acamovic noticed an error in our transcription of the final paragraph of the preface to the 1855 Leaves of Grass, and I have corrected it.

~ Brett

Thursday, August 13, 2015

EAD "Literary Manuscripts" material added

Liz and I have moved all of the new EAD material over to the live site. This included updates to the "Resources" index page, the "Finding Aids" index page (which we now refer to as the "Manuscript Catalogs" index page), all of the individual EAD files, and the Integrated Guide (now called the "Integrated Catalog"). We also changed the link on the home page so that it reads "Manuscript catalogs" instead of "Finding aids."

~ Kevin

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Updated editorial policy statement

I have published an updated version of the Whitman Archive editorial policy statement at: http://www.whitmanarchive.org/about/editorial.html

~ Nikki

Interviews and Reminiscences added

I've created a new sub-section on the Commentary page for interviews and reminiscences and published the first batch (96) of these.

~ Brett

Monday, August 3, 2015

Additional encyclopedia entries now available

I have published 35 additional entries from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998) on the Whitman Archive

~ Nikki

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Transcription corrected in Published Works section

I have made three corrections to transcriptions in the Published Works section of the site:

1. In the 1881-1882 edition (http://whitman-dev.unl.edu/published/LG/1881/whole.html), I corrected the capitalization of ñ to Ñ, where necessary.
2. In the 1856 edition (http://whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/1856/whole.html), I corrected the mis-transcription "enemies'lands" to "enemies' lands"
3. In "A Death Sonnet for Custer" in the Poems in Periodicals section, http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/periodical/poems/per.00142, I corrected the singular "Cañon" to "Cañons" in the editorial footnote to the poem.

Brett Barney pointed out these errors.


Elizabeth Lorang, Ph.D.
Digital Humanities Projects Librarian
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cdrh.unl.edu | civilwardc.org | whitmanarchive.org

Additional Correspondence Published

I have published 376 new letters from the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction eras.  I have also added status bars to display our publication progress for each era of correspondence.

~ Nikki

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fixed British editions

I inadvertently pushed through a change to the live site that "broke"
the Rossetti (http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/books/other/rossetti.html)
and Rhys (http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/books/other/rhys.html)
editions, and they were down for about a week, until an Archive user
pointed out that they weren't working. I fixed the issue, and the
British editions were again live as of July 15.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Updated rights language

I have updated the rights language in the TEI/XML of all items in the
following sections:

1. Published Works --> Books by Whitman --> U.S. Editions of Leaves of Grass
2. Published Works --> Periodicals --> Whitman's Poems in Periodicals
3. Published Works --> Periodicals --> Journalism

At present, this change is visible only in the TEI/XML made available
from each page. At a later stage, we will likely expose the rights
language in the HTML view.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Updated correspondence metadata, index

I have updated the metadata structure for the correspondence to be consistent with the most recent Archive styling, including options to view XML and cite the page.  I have also added status bars to the index pages for each era of the correspondence, so it is apparent how many letters we have published out of the total number of known letters in a given era, and I have updated the descriptions in the correspondence sections to reflect our most recent estimates of the total number of letters from each era and our recent NHPRC-funded work on the post-Reconstruction letters.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New fiction section published

I have published a new fiction section on the Archive, which includes Whitman's short temperance novel, Franklin Evans, with a new critical introduction. Also available is a revised version of the novel, "Fortunes of a Country Boy," which was serialized in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1846, and a bibliography of publications and reprints of Whitman's fiction, compiled by Stephanie Blalock. 

~ Nikki

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Corrected post-Reconstruction letter

A letter from Benjamin Ticknor to Walt Whitman of 16 May 1882 listed Ticknor's middle initial as "N" in the signature.  I have corrected the middle initial to "H."

~ Nikki

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Five of Whitman's early notebooks added to the Whitman Archive

Earlier today Nikki Gray published five of Whitman's early notebooks as part of our work on the NEH-funded project "Walt Whitman as an Author before Leaves of Grass."

Leaves of Grass volumes updated

I have converted the Leaves of Grass editions from TEI P4 to TEI P5 and brought their web display in line with current practices on the Whitman Archive, in addition to resolving a number of styling issues. Notable additions include the option to view/download the XML/TEI of each edition, more robust source information, and information on how to cite the page.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tweaks to handling of date for New York Weekly Graphic

 I have adjusted both the index page for the journalism and "Publication Information" for "'Tis But Ten Years Since (Sixth Paper.)," New York Weekly Graphic 07 March 1874: 46 by changing the 07 March to 7 March 1874.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Updated date on post-Reconstruction letter

We had listed the date for a letter from James R. Osgood to Walt Whitman as December 31, 1881.  The letter is actually dated December 13, 1881.  I have made the change.

~ Nikki

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Warning about Chrome Added to Audio Page

There's a problem with the way Apache/Cocoon delivers mp3 files that makes them not load in Chrome. While we work on a permanent fix, I put up a warning for Chrome users to either use another browser or download.

~ Brett

Monday, April 13, 2015

Changed date of post-Reconstruction letter

Ken pointed out that a letter from Amelia W. Bates to Walt Whitman dated January 18, 1880, referred to a E. C. Stedman article that appeared in the November 1880 issue of Scribner's Monthly, suggesting that Bates misdated this letter in the first month of the new year.  I have corrected the date to January 18, [1881].

~ Nikki

Friday, March 27, 2015

Correction to display affecting journalism

The stylesheet was causing an irregular display for footnotes that
appeared within postscripts to correspondence (e.g.,
such that the text of the footnotes appeared both in the postscript
and in the footnotes section. I have fixed the problem so that the
footnote anchor appears in the postscript and the text of the footnote
itself appears in the appropriate footnotes section.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Corrected Collection Name for Johns Hopkins EAD

On the advice of Jordon Steele, Hodson Curator of the University Archives at Johns Hopkins University, I have changed the name of the collection of the two items listed in their EAD from "MS. 7" to "MS. 1."

~ Brett

Published eight additional letters

I published one additional Civil War letter, from Martha Whitman to Walt Whitman of 21-23 December, 1863, and seven additional letters from the post-Reconstruction period, which include:

Whitelaw Reid to Walt Whitman, 17 July [1878]
Hannah Whitman Heyde to Walt Whitman, 2 January [1879]
James R. Osgood & Company to Walt Whitman, 20 March 1882
W. J. Forbes to Walt Whitman, [1880]
A. Williams to Walt Whitman, [1880]
Alfred Janson Bloor to Walt Whitman, 22 and 25 May 1882
Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [between June and September 1880]

~ Nikki

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ed Whitley Added to Staff Page

I added a blurb about Ed Whitley's contributions to the Archive to About the Archive/Project Staff.

~ Brett

Added Gems from Walt Whitman

I have published Ed Whitley's transcription of Gems from Walt Whitman in Published Works/Books by Whitman, along with his introductory essay. I have also revised the introduction to the Rhys and Rossetti editions to credit Ed and to correct a handful of typos that Ken noticed.

~ Brett

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Completed transcription for Civil War letter

We previously offered only a partial transcription for a letter from Walt Whitman to John T. Trowbridge dated 31 August 1865.  We have now completed the transcription, based on a full transcription in volume 7 of The Correspondence (ed. Ted Genoways).

~ Nikki

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deleted duplicate annotation from Reconstruction letter

Ed pointed out that there were duplicate annotations about the Roberts Brothers firm on the letter from Whitman to the Roberts Brothers of September 17, 1871.  I have deleted one of the annotations from the letter.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Images added to 1866 letter

We have obtained images for the letter from Walt Whitman to John Burroughs of September 10, 1866.  I have updated the transcription so that these images now display. 

~ Nikki

Monday, February 16, 2015

Completion of post-Reconstruction letter

We have located the other half of a letter from D. L. Proudfit to Walt Whitman of March 14, 1883. I have completed what was previously published as a partial transcription of this letter, by adding the missing (top) half.

~ Nikki

Corrected spacing errors in Civil War correspondence

Ken pointed out three spacing errors in the annotations for the letters from Walt Whitman to William S. Davis of 1 October 1863 and from Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman of 13 October 1863.  I have corrected these errors.

~ Nikki

Monday, February 9, 2015

Correction to date metadata in per.00060

I have corrected the value of the date metadata in the TEI header for
per.00060, http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/periodical/poems/per.00060,
which was being used to populate the data in the "Date" field. The
machine-readable version of the date was incorrect, leading
http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/periodical/poems/per.00060 to
indicate in one place that the poem was published in 1885 and in
another place that it was published in 1841. The correct date for the
poem's appearance in the New World is November 20, 1841.

Thanks to Matt Cohen for pointing out this error.


Elizabeth Lorang, Ph.D.
Digital Humanities Projects Librarian
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cdrh.unl.edu | civilwardc.org | whitmanarchive.org

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Update to notebook display

I have updated the display of the notebooks on the Whitman Archive.  Changes include the following:

- updated metadata, including new "View XML" and "Cite this page" options
- improved display of authorial and editorial notes
- additional line breaks between sections in the notebooks
- gray background for sections that have been deleted with a hashmark or pasted over
- bracketed indications of when text has been cut away

~ Nikki

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Correction to encyclopedia entry

Kelly Franklin alerted us to the fact that the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia entry for the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass listed the number of poems in the "Leaves of Grass" cluster as 21, when it should be 24.  I have corrected the entry.

~ Nikki

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supplemented annotation for 1881 letter

Ken located an entry in Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden where Whitman discusses his letter to Longfellow of February 20, 1881, requesting an autograph.  I have added an excerpt from this discussion to the annotation for the letter.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Correspondence added to Whitman Archive

I have added 92 new letters from the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction periods. The letters are available on the Whitman Archive at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/index.html.

~ Nikki

Monday, January 5, 2015

Corrections to correspondence annotations

Two letters from Whitman to William Michael Rossetti (of September 1 and 10, 1876) mentioned a letter from Whitman to Dowden in the annotations.  The date for this letter to Dowden was incorrectly listed in the annotations as January 20, 1872.  I have corrected the date for the Dowden letter to January 18, 1872 in both cases. 

~ Nikki