Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s -1860s

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In American Memory

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
Features three letters written by Whitman.

Words and Deeds in American History
A letter and corrected reprint of Walt Whitman's "O Captain, My Captain" with comments by the author, 9 February 1888.

Library of Congress Web Sites

Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass.
Library of Congress. American Treasures Exhibition
Online exhibit traces the different occupations and preparations that led Whitman to become the author of Leaves of Grass, as well as his subsequent evolution as a poet.

The Library of Congress. Webcasts
Webcasts of public programs on Walt Whitman, including a March 25, 2005, serial reading of "When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Bloom'd"; an April 14, 2005, presentation, the "Death of Lincoln Lecture" by poet Mark Epstein, preceded by an Air Force Band concert; and a symposium titled "Whitman and Place," held in conjunction with the Library's exhibition "Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass."

Selected Walt Whitman Finding Aids in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division


Allen, Gay Wilson and Ed Folsom, eds. Walt Whitman and the World. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995.

Ceniza, Sherry. Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Women Reformers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.

Epstein, Daniel Mark. Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington. New York: Ballantine Books, 2004.

Killingsworth, Jimmie. Whitman's Poetry of the Body. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Miller, Edwin Haviland. Selected Letters of Walt Whitman. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1990.

Morris, Roy, Jr. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Pannapacker, William. Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Price, Kenneth M. To Walt Whitman, America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

For Children and Young Adults

Kerley, Barbara. Walt Whitman: Words for America. New York: Scholastic Press, 2004.

Loewen, Nancy. Walt Whitman. Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Editions, 1994.

Reef, Catherine. Walt Whitman. New York: Clarion Books, 1995.

Whitman, Walt. Nothing But Miracles: From Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Illustrated by Susan L. Roth. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2003.


Out-of-Print Whitman Reference Materials in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division

Broderick, John. “The Greatest Whitman Collector and the Greatest Whitman Collection.” Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 27 (April 1970): 109-28.
Description of the Library’s then new Whitman collection and salute to its collector, Charles E. Feinberg.   

“Catalog of the Sesquicentennial Exhibit held in the Library of Congress from May 1969 to January 1970.” Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 27 (April 1970): 171-76.
On the 150th anniversary of Whitman's birth, the Library mounted an exhibit of some 200 items from its new Feinberg collection; they were displayed in 16 cases in the Great Hall of what is now the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Detroit Public Library.  An Exhibition of the Works of Walt Whitman…. Detroit: February and March 1955.
Highlights much of what would become the Feinberg-Whitman Collection of the Library of Congress.

Reference Department, The Library of Congress. Walt Whitman: A Catalog Based upon the Collections of the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: 1955.
Highlights from the Thomas Harned-Walt Whitman papers and 27 smaller
Whitman collections in the Library, on the occasion of a major Whitman
centennial exhibit.


External Web Sites

The Walt Whitman Archive (external link)
A scholarly resource including hypertext manuscripts and bibliographic, scholarly, and teaching materials. Edited by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price.

The Walt Whitman House. Camden, New Jersey (external link)
Information on the historic residence on Mickle Boulevard where the poet lived the last years of his life. Site maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

Walt Whitman & Slavery (external link)
Part of "The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture," an educational site by Kenneth M. Price.