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."
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.
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.
Scholars have long relied on print-based resources that are stable, or that remain more or less constant over time. The Whitman Archive, by contrast, changes frequently as new content is added and as errors are located and corrected. This record of additions and changes to the content to the Archive responds to the challenge of creating a digital resource that can serve as a scholarly reference. It represents an effort to be transparent about our methods and history and to render visible changes that would be otherwise largely invisible. We do not record minor changes to the appearance of the site or temporary server outages.