Friday, January 22, 2021

Typo corrected in final paragraph of Complete Prose Works

 Archive user Ira Chernus alerted us to a typo in the final paragraph of Complete Prose Works (1892), in which we had "show many topics" for "how many topics." This has been corrected.

~ Brett

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wording about Lincoln assassination revised in chronology

 Archive user Adam Harding pointed out that because Abraham Lincoln was shot on 14 April 1865 but died on the 15th the chronology entry "14 April Lincoln assassinated" was perhaps misleading. I have adjusted the wording to be more specific.

~ Brett

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Corrected encoding in deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass

 Ashlyn Stewart discovered that there was an XML validation error in the TEI file for the deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass (ppp.00707). With the assistance of Brett and Ashlyn, Kevin corrected the problem (resolving a nesting issue with <text> and <group> tags) and the file now validates.

- Kevin

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Missing page images added to the 1871 LG

 Archive user Paul Derkinderen drew our attention to the fact that our transcription of the 1871 Leaves of Grass lacked an image of p. 77 and, instead, showed p. 76 twice. After investigating further, I discovered that the problem was in the original scans themselves and that we also lacked scans of the covers and spine. Staff from UVa Special Collections located the volume that they had scanned for us about 20 years ago and scanned the missing pages/parts. I have processed the images and updated the encoding to incorporate references to those new images.

~ Brett

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Call number of copy used for LG 1871 corrected

Penny White, reference librarian at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library (University of Virginia) pointed out that they have only one copy designated "PS3201 1871," so I have removed "(copy 1)" from the metadata in our transcription of that volume.

~ Brett

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Titles of Whitman documentary corrected

 We were informed that we had incorrectly titled a Whitman documentary linked to from our new "Whitman in Film" section; the name of the two-part documentary is In Search of Walt Whitman, not Searching for Walt Whitman. We have corrected the error.

- Kevin

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

New image gallery published

 We have published a completely redesigned and updated gallery of portraits of Whitman. The new version of the gallery offers an easier and more robust search, improved scans of many of the portraits, and a revised set of notes about all of Whitman’s photographers. The index page of the gallery now allows users to see thumbnail versions of all the portraits on one page; clicking on any thumbnail image brings up a large scan of the image, along with information about the place, date, creator, and circumstances of the photograph, as well as information about the physical image and its location. Most recently, this work was led by Alex Ashland and Ed Folsom.

 - Kevin