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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, .
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.
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
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 
Hannah Whitman Heyde to Walt Whitman, 2 January 
James R. Osgood & Company to Walt Whitman, 20 March 1882
W. J. Forbes to Walt Whitman, 
A. Williams to Walt Whitman, 
Alfred Janson Bloor to Walt Whitman, 22 and 25 May 1882
Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [between June and September 1880]
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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