Monday, November 26, 2018

Corrected placement of closing hi tag in Burroughs's Notes on Walt Whitman

Ken noticed that a stretch of text was erroneously being displayed in a small font. I have corrected the problem by closing the tag that creates smallcaps earlier, so that only the title Leaves of Grass is affected. 

~ Brett

Friday, November 2, 2018

Corrected typo in piece of correspondence

James alerted us to an error in the letter from Whitman to his mother of March 29, 1864. A number had been incorrectly transcribed as "6000" when it should have been "600" and a closing parenthesis was missing. I have corrected the mistake.

- Kevin

Signatures (with affiliations) removed from the end of biography

I have removed Ed's and Ken's signatures from the bottom of the text of the biography. The impetus was a long-standing problem: Ken's affiliation was given as "College of William and Mary." In the years since this problem was noted, however, the need for the signature at the bottom has been obviated by the addition of the authors' names to the top of the page, so rather than update the affiliation I have removed the signature block from the end.

~ Brett

Hyphenated publication dates added to index page for "Other Books"

I have corrected the publication dates for Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps and Memoranda During the War listed on the index page of the "Other Books" subsection of "Published Works" so as to conform to our decision to use the dates given in the front matter, with both years fully spelled out.

~ Brett

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Eight file names changed to resolve duplication across Archive

In comparing all of the XML files across the different subsections of the Archive, I discovered that eight file names had apparently been accidentally assigned to two different objects, both of which were present in one of the Archive directories but only one of which had been recorded in the tracking database. In most cases I have therefore renamed one of each pair of files, recorded new file names in the database, and corrected links to each of the files. In the case of biography/correspondence/tei/nyp.00250.xml, I discovered that the file was a duplicate of the file in manuscripts/tei/nyp.00250.xml, so I deleted the one in correspondence, as the item is not a piece of correspondence. These are the other specific changes: biography/correspondence/tei/loc.00151.xml was renamed loc.04348; biography/correspondence/tei/anc.00171.xml was renamed anc.00118.xml; criticism/interviews/tei/med.00851.xml was renamed med.00015.xml; criticism/interviews/tei/med.00546.xml was renamed med.00016.xml; criticism/reviews/tei/anc.00273 was renamed anc.00146.xml; published/foreign/tei/med.00401.xml was renamed med.00017.xml; about/tei/anc.00140.xml was renamed anc.00145.xml.

~ Brett

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Corrections to finding aids

Ed Folsom noticed that two of the items listed under "Death's Valley" in the Integrated Catalog of Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts (uva.00133 and loc.00321) were unrelated to that poem. I have corrected the work associations in the University of Virginia and Feinberg finding aids and regenerated the Integrated Catalog.

~ Brett

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New links added to WWA homepage

We have added a "More.." link to the Whitman Archive homepage, underneath the "In Whitman's Hand" section. This was done to reflect the fact that the Marginalia and Annotations material is not linked directly from the homepage, and to indicate to users that there are additional materials "In Whitman's Hand" that are not linked directly.

We have also added a link to "Interviews" under the "Commentary" section.

- Kevin

Friday, September 14, 2018

New EAD record added for NYHS manuscript

We have added an EAD record for a Whitman prose manuscript held at the New-York Historical Society Library (NYHS). This is our first EAD record for an item at the NYHS, so we have created a new manuscript catalog for that repository. An EAD entry for the manuscript has also been added to the Integrated Catalog of Literary Manuscripts.

- Kevin

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Additional Letters from Old Age Period Published

We have published 280 additional letters from 1888 and 1889, the first two years of the Old Age period (1888-1892).

Monday, August 20, 2018

Published review of November Boughs

We have published a new contemporary review of Whitman's November Boughs. The review was written by W. M. Payne and appeared in the Chicago Evening Journal on March 16, 1889.

- Kevin

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Site Overview updated

The Site Overview has been updated to reflect new content and sections of the Archive that have been added in the last several years, with links created to those sections when appropriate. Information about recent grants has also been added, as well as an acknowledgement of the recent work on Whitman's journalism done for the Archive at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

- Kevin

Missing text added to review

 Text was missing from the end of a review of William Michael Rossetti's edition of Poems of Walt Whitman that appeared in the London Sunday Times on March 29, 1868. The error has been corrected.

- Kevin

Monday, August 6, 2018

Several small corrections to Leaves of Grass 1891-1892

The LG stylesheet didn't have any code to handle italicized sub-heads, so they were being rendered in roman type. I added a few lines to cater for this situation. In the transcription itself, I also made several miscellaneous corrections: added italicization of subhead of "An Old Man's Thought of School" and smallcaps in the first word of "An Ended Day"; removed erroneous italicization in the title of "Mirages."

~ Brett

Updated finding aids, including Integrated Catalog

I have made a large number of corrections to the EAD records. Many of these corrections were to the connection between an item and a work. Others were to the descriptions of individual items. One result should be that far fewer items in the Integrated Catalog are grouped under the wrong work title.

~ Brett

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Corrected typo in v. 5 of With Walt Whitman in Camden

Ed spotted the following typo in the entry for 4 September 1889: "The Unitarians are still int he uncertain stage." I have corrected it.

~ Brett

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Traubel search and Anne Gilchrist material added

We have added the ability to search across all nine volumes of Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden. We have also added a new page of the "Disciples" section dedicated to Anne Gilchrist, including her 1870 essay "A Woman's Estimate of Walt Whitman."

- Kevin

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Corrected typos in Complete Prose Works

I spotted and corrected two typos in the table of contents and one on p. 507 of Complete Prose Works.

~ Brett

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Small correction to Complete Prose Works table of contents

I noticed that an em dash was missing from one of the table of contents entries, so I have supplied it.
~ Brett

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New review published

We have just published a new anonymous review of the 1860-61 edition of Leaves of Grass. The review appeared in the Cleveland Morning Leader on December 13, 1860. Former Whitman Archive staffer Eric Conrad alerted us to its presence.

- Kevin

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Updates to Leaves of Grass editions

We have updated the editions of Leaves of Grass to standardize the presentation of the Tables of Contents and horizontal bars.  I have also added two commas that were missing in the copyright statement associated with the 1891-2 edition.

~ Nikki

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Manly Health and Training" and Additional Editorials Published

Whitman's 1858 newspaper series "Manly Health and Training" has just been published, with an introduction and annotations by Zachary Turpin (University of Idaho). We have also published 20 new editorials likely written by Whitman for the New York Aurora. Additionally, we have written editorial notes for each piece of journalism, explaining the Archive's rationale for attributing the piece to Whitman in the absence of an explicit "Walt Whitman" byline. 

The journalism index page has been updated to reflex this new additions.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Corrected title of manuscript collection at the University at Buffalo

The Manuscript Catalogs index page incorrectly described the collection holding Whitman manuscripts at the University at Buffalo as "The Poetry Collection." The manuscripts are in fact held in the Rare & Special Books Collection. The index has been corrected to reflect this.

- Kevin

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Four new letters added; staff page updated

We have published four new letters—one from the Reconstruction era and three from the Post-Reconstruction era. We had had transcriptions of these letters for some time, but were awaiting images so that they could be proofed against them. We have now received the images and proofed the letters.

We also discovered that several people had been left off the list of past staff members on the Whitman Archive staff page. The missing staffers have now been added to the list. Kevin McMullen's bio was also updated.

- Kevin

Friday, June 8, 2018

Added National Archives to list of public domain repositories for images

A couple of the images in the gallery are from the National Archives, and one can reproduce them without seeking permissions, so I've added that information to the list of similar repositories (viz., Library of Congress, Gay Wilson Allen Collection, and Ed Folsom Collection) in the FAQ.

~ Brett

Attribution of review corrected

After consulting with Ken and Nikki, we have decided that there is no reason to believe that Whitman authored the unsigned review of the Rossetti volume Poems by Walt Whitman that appeared in the November 1869 issue of The Australian Journal. I have therefore changed the authorship attribution to "unknown."

~ Brett

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Added fiction reprints to bibliography and map

We have updated the bibliography of publications and reprints of Whitman's fiction to reflect 22 additional reprints located by Stephanie Blalock.  We have also updated the associated map of publications and reprints of Whitman's fiction.

~ Nikki and Stephanie

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Metadata updated across Whitman Archive

I have now finished updating the metadata across the Whitman Archive.  This change involved reordering metadata categories; merging location, publication, and transcription information into a "Source" note; updating page titles; and making contributors to digital file, "View XML," and citation options available for several additional sections of the Archive.

~ Nikki

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Annotation removed from piece of journalism

We have removed an annotation from an editorial in the New York Aurora (per.00390), deeming it confusing and unnecessary. The annotation in question was previously the third in this editorial.

- Kevin

Monday, March 5, 2018

Added links to Published Works index pages

I have updated the index pages for "Published Works" and "Other Books" to include links to Whitman's short temperance novel Franklin Evans (published on the Whitman Archive under "Periodicals") and to a transcription of Whitman's novel Jack Engle that was recently published in the Walt Whitman Quarterly ReviewJack Engle is currently being edited for publication on the Whitman Archive

~ Nikki

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Corrected Maire Mullins's name in encyclopedia

Ken noticed that Maire Mullins's first name had been misspelled "Marie" in the entries for both "From Pent-up Aching Rivers" (1860) and "A Woman Waits for Me" (1856). I have now corrected it.

~ Brett

Monday, February 12, 2018

Note corrected in "City Photographs—No. VI"

On a tip from Archive user Mary L. Shearer, Jason Stacy has corrected the identification of "Miss Woodhull" in this article.

~ Brett

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Typo corrected in 1860-1861 Leaves of Grass

Ira Chernus alerted us to a typo in linegroup #9 of "Salut au Monde!" and I have corrected it.

~ Brett

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Typo corrected in biography of William Douglas O'Connor

Ed noticed a typo in the last paragraph of the biography of Whitman disciple William Douglas O'Connor. The word "Although" at the beginning of the second sentence of that paragraph was spelled "ALthough." The error has been corrected.

- Kevin

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Additional encyclopedia entries now available

189 additional entries from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J. R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998) are now available on the Whitman Archive encyclopedia index page, bringing the total number of available entries to 754 and completing our work on the encyclopedia. Thanks to Alexander Ashland, Brett Barney, Stephanie Blalock, Regan Chasek, Sara Duke, Said Fallaha, Caitlin Henry, Jeannette Schollaert, and Jason Stacy for their help in getting these entries published on the Archive.

~ Nikki