Friday, August 7, 2020

Minor corrections made in two encyclopedia entries and one manuscript transcription

Stefan Schöberlein pointed out that the entry for the New Orleans Crescent (https://whitmanarchive.org/criticism/current/encyclopedia/entry_36.html) was missing a space between words and had perpetuated from the print edition a misspelling of the last name of Durant DaPonte as "Da Poute." Our transcription of med.00725, which was based on the works of Grier and Holloway, included this same misspelling. Finally, the entry for New Orleans, Louisiana had referred to "Fremont House" instead of the correct "Tremont House." I have now corrected each of these errors.


~ Brett

Friday, July 24, 2020

Typo corrected in 1881-1882, 1891-1892 LG

WWA user Paul VanDeCarr alerted us to the fact that our transcription of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" in the 1881-1892 edition, on p. 134, had ". . . be hung out . . . " instead of the correct ". . . be hung our . . . ." I discovered that the same typo was also present in the 1891-1892 printing. I have made the corrections.

~ Brett

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Footnote numbering corrected in review of Specimen Days and Collect

Stefan Schoeberlein noted that the footnote reference numbers were discontinuous in our transcription of the review of Specimen Days and Collect in the November 4, 1882, issue of The Literary World (anc.00102). I have redone all of the footnote numbering in this file.

~ Brett

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Transcription error in Memoranda During the War fixed

Ed noticed that the word "in" was missing from our transcription of Memoranda During the War in the clause "the ambulances are now arriving in clusters" (p. 13). I have supplied it.

~ Brett

Monday, July 20, 2020

Stylesheet for individual poems and clusters in Leaves of Grass volumes tweaked

Ed noticed that, in the Emerson letter printed in the 1856 edition of Leaves, a signature mark was displaying as though it were part of the text. I had earlier altered the stylesheet that displays entire volumes of Leaves so that such marks are suppressed, but I had neglected to do the same in the stylesheet for the individual poem display. I have now added that code, and the mark no longer shows in the text display.

~ Brett

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Word missing from transcription of 1867 Leaves supplied

User Keith Brough pointed out that the word "strong" had been omitted from our transcription of "Walt Whitman" in the 1867 edition. I have corrected the error.

~ Brett

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

EAD finding aids updated

The Variorum 1855 Leaves of Grass project led to many changes to our TEI metadata for the early manuscripts, and I have updated the date, work, and scope content notes for those manuscripts in EAD files to accord with the information in the TEI files. This affects both the individual repositories' finding aids and the integrated catalog of manuscripts.

~ Brett

Article added to "Articles and Interviews about the Archive"

Ken's 2017 article in Textual Cultures has been added, and a link has been added to the published version of his 2016 article in DSH.

~ Brett

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"In Whitman's Hand" index page re-ordered

As decided at a meeting with the project directors, I have re-ordered the items on the "In Whitman's Hand" index page, in an attempt to group together similar types of documents. The order used to be:
  • Manuscripts
  • Scribal Documents
  • Notebooks
  • Marginalia and Annotations
  • Letters Written for Soldiers
The new order is:
  • Manuscripts
  • Notebooks
  • Marginalia and Annotations
  • Scribal Documents
  • Letters Written for Soldiers
- Kevin

Slight re-wording on "Published Works" index page

As decided at a meeting with the project directors, I have slightly altered the text of the "Published Works" index page. The text underneath the "Periodicals" heading used to read: "This section of the Archive features page images and full-text transcriptions of Whitman's writings that first appeared in periodicals." The final word has now been replaced with "newspapers and magazines," to cut down on redundancy and add specificity. The sentence now reads: "This section of the Archive features page images and full-text transcriptions of Whitman's writings that first appeared in newspapers and magazines."

- Kevin

Change made to Traubel Introduction

As decided at a meeting with the project directors, I have deleted the final paragraph of Matt Cohen's introduction to Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden, as it was no longer accurate or relevant.

- Kevin

Matt Cohen named as Whitman Archive co-director

Matt Cohen has been named a co-director of the Walt Whitman Archive, and numerous sections throughout the site (anywhere the project directors are listed) have been updated to reflect this change.

- Kevin

Friday, June 26, 2020

Removed map of short fiction reprints

I have removed the map of the short fiction reprints from the fiction section of the Whitman Archive. We are currently investigating other frameworks for recreating the map.

~ Nikki

Monday, June 22, 2020

Small corrections to entry of 27 Nov. 1888 in With Walt Whitman in Camden

Matt noticed that the month was missing from the head in this entry and that the word "at" was missing in the phrase "the old Quaker looked at me." I have made the corrections.

~ Brett

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Added editorial note to Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook

We have added an editorial note to the metadata of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook, alerting users to the related manuscripts (those that were likely removed from the scrapbook in the 1930s) as well as to the existence of the scrapbook image viewer. This was done for those viewers who access the document's transcription page without first coming to the scrapbook index page.

- Kevin

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Correction to heading for entry in With Walt Whitman in Camden

Ed noticed that the link to the single-entry page for September 18, 1891 (https://whitmanarchive.org/criticism/disciples/traubel/WWWiC/8/med.00008.220.html) had become garbled, so I have corrected it. The corresponding heading in the file for the entirety of volume 8 needed no change.

~ Brett

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tiny change to encoding of Complete Prose Works

User Ira Chernus brought to our attention the appearance of the word "overhended" in "Hudson River Sights." Presumably, this is an error for "overbended," but since the error is in the original print I have added markup rather than change the basic transcription.

~ Brett

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Typo corrections in Amanuensis letter

User "Spaanse Spook" noted that our transcription of the 12 June 1863 letter from Albion F. Hubbard to Austin Rice (prc.00118) misspelled "comfortable," and I noticed that "Written" was also misspelled in the note. I made both corrections.

~ Brett

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Link to UNC Press fixed

Matt Cohen noticed that the link to the University of North Carolina Press website was broken on the Archive's "Links" page. I have fixed it.

- Kevin

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Cultural geography scrapbook, additional marginalia, and Whitman's Reading List published

We have published images and a full transcription of Whitman's massive cultural geography scrapbook, along with transcriptions of dozens of related manuscripts. The SOLR-generated indexes for both the marginalia/annotations and the manuscripts sections have been re-generated as a result, to include these new transcriptions. A separate index page for the geography scrapbook was created, as well as a page for an image-viewer, in which users can flip through images of the scrapbook.

We have also published a series of original essays that explore prevalent themes in this new material, as well as Whitman's Reading: A Bibliographical Handlist, a new resource in which we have begun tracking all of the texts that Whitman is known to have read. 

To account for all of this new material, the introductory text and menu on the marginalia/annotations index page has been updated. 

We would like to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities for their generous support of this work.

- Kevin

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Correction of facts in encyclopedia entry for New Orleans Crescent

Stefan Schöberlein pointed out that this entry contained an error in the title of Whitman's poem and gave the wrong date of publication. Ed supplied corrected text, which I have swapped into the XML file.

~ Brett