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photograph of Ed FolsomEd Folsom, project co-director, is the Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Since 1983, he has served as Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. He directed "Walt Whitman: The Centennial Project," which was funded by the NEH and the Iowa Humanities Board. He is the editor of Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (Iowa, 1994); co-editor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow!, 1981, rev. ed., 1997) and Walt Whitman and the World (Iowa, 1996); and author of Walt Whitman's Native Representations (Cambridge, 1994). He co-authored with Kenneth Price Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005) and co-edited Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007). The Whitman Archive activities at Iowa are housed at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

photograph of Kenneth M. PriceKenneth M. Price, project co-director, is Hillegass University Professor of American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the co-editor of books on Literary Studies in the Digital Age, James Weldon Johnson, George Santayana, and nineteenth-century periodical literature. He is also the co-editor of Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman (Kent State, 1984); editor of Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge, 1996); author of Whitman and Tradition: The Poet in His Century (Yale, 1990) and To Walt Whitman, America (North Carolina, 2004). In addition, Price co-edited with Susan Belasco and Ed Folsom Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007), and co-authored with Ed Folsom Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005).

photograph of Ty AlyeaTy Alyea recently earned his doctorate in English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is encoding a scrapbook manuscript that reflects Whitman's attempt to assemble a comprehensive map of the geographical and intellectual landscape of his age. His research examines political, religious, and aesthetic dimensions of nineteenth-century representations of insanity.

photograph of Alex AshlandAlex Ashland is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, aesthetics, and theories of representation. He is currently working on transcribing and encoding letters sent to Whitman during the post-Reconstruction era.

photograph of Brett BarneyBrett Barney, Senior Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, is Research Associate Professor in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He co-edited Encyclopedia of American Literature, Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816-1895 (Facts on File, 2008) and is currently editing a comprehensive collection of Whitman interviews and recollections.

photograph of Kyle BartonKyle Barton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa where he focuses on nineteenth-century poetry and poetics. He is the managing editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and is currently working on updating the photography section of the Walt Whitman Archive.

photograph of Caterina BernardiniCaterina Bernardini is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is participating in a joint program between UNL and the University of Macerata (Italy). Her research centers on Whitman's reception in Italy, and she is completing an Italian translation of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Her interests include nineteenth-century and early modernist American poetry, comparative literature, and translation studies. For the Archive, Caterina currently contributes to the Archive's efforts to create an integrated guide to Whitman's literary manuscripts.

photograph of Stephanie BlalockStephanie Blalock is an M.A. student in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. After completing her Ph.D. in 19th-Century American Literature at the University of Iowa in 2011, she accepted a position as a Guest Lecturer at the Technische Universität Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, where she taught courses in American Literature and Academic Writing. Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff's Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman's fiction. She works as a contributing editor for the Archive and an associate editor on Whitman's pre-Leaves of Grass fiction. She is currently encoding Whitman's temperance novel Franklin Evans.

photograph of Janel CayerJanel Cayer, senior assistant editor, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on the antebellum period. Janel's past duties for the Archive have included transcription and encoding, website and database maintenance, image processing, and staff training. She currently prepares P5 transcriptions of Whitman's pre-Leaves of Grass fiction, notebooks, and prose manuscripts. Janel also contributes to the Archive's efforts to create an integrated guide to Whitman's literary manuscripts.

photograph of Kirsten ClawsonKirsten Clawson is a senior undergraduate English major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along with working in the Archive, she works for the University Fellowships Office, serves as a senior editor for the Laurus literary magazine, and is active in her sorority. As a UCARE student at the Walt Whitman Archive, Kirsten works on transcribing and encoding Whitman's pre-1855 prose manuscripts.

photograph of Matt CohenMatt Cohen is a Contributing Editor at the Walt Whitman Archive and Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of Texas at Austin. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he leads work on "Walt Whitman's Annotations," creating an edition of and interface for Whitman's marginalia and annotations. For the Archive he has edited Horace Traubel's nine-volume With Walt Whitman in Camden and, with Rachel Price, the digital version of Álvaro Armando Vasseur's 1912 selection from Leaves of Grass, the first book-length translation of Leaves into Spanish. With Rey Rocha and Nicole Gray, he edited "Spanish Translations of Poets to Come.'"

photograph of Nicole GrayNicole Gray, project manager and associate editor, is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently editing Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence and supervising work on an NEH-funded project to digitize the pre-Leaves of Grass fiction, notebooks, and prose manuscripts. Her articles have appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and forthcoming in PMLA.

photograph of Alex KinnamanAlex Kinnaman is a senior undergraduate pursuing a B.A. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her academic interests include digital humanities and 19th-century British and American Literature. In addition to her work at the Archive, she interns at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities working on Civil War Washington, she is a UCARE student working on Amanda Gailey's archive The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk, and she is a student ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences. For the Archive, Alex works on transcribing and encoding Whitman's incoming post-Reconstruction era correspondence.

photograph of Elizabeth LorangElizabeth Lorang, senior associate editor and program manager, is Digital Humanities Projects Librarian in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also project co-director of Civil War Washington and co-editor of "'Will not these days be by thy poets sung': Poems of the Anglo-African and National Anti-Slavery Standard, 1863-1864." With Susan Belasco, she edited Whitman's Poems in Periodicals. For more on Liz, see her website.

photograph of Kevin McMullenKevin McMullen, senior assistant editor, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His areas of interest are nineteenth-century American literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on Whitman and his cultural afterlife, and digital humanities. Kevin's work for the Archive has included the preparation of Whitman's scribal documents from the poet's years working in the Attorney General's office, transcription and encoding of Whitman's Reconstruction-era correspondence, and staff training. As project manager, he now oversees the Archive's efforts to create an integrated finding guide to all of Whitman's literary manuscripts.

photograph of Gertrud ElisbergGertrud Elisberg is a Ph.D. student in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Carbondale. Her main research interests are 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture, European modernism, and Transatlantic studies. She is currently working on transcribing and annotating Whitman's early journalism for the Archive. Future projects include revising and updating Børge Houmann's 1929 translation of Whitman's Song of Myself into Danish.

photograph of Natalie O'NealNatalie O'Neal is an M.A. student in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests lie in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American women novelists. She is currently working on image processing and text encoding of Whitman's correspondence.

photograph of Ashley PalmerAshley Palmer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, "'I Never Once Thought of Them': Retail Workers in American Department Store Fiction," investigates representations of labor and gender in American fiction about department stores at the turn of the century. She is currently working as the Project Manager for "Walt Whitman's Annotations." Her work for the Archive includes transcribing and encoding marginalia, expanding Whitman's reading database, and image processing.

photograph of Juana ParamoJuana Paramo is a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Business Administration and two minors in French and Accounting. She is member of the Mexican American Student Association, UNL's Business Learning Community, Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholar Program and Institute of Excellence Scholar Program. It is her first year being part of the Archive team.

photograph of Stefan SchöberleinStefan Schöberlein is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests lie in the area of nineteenth-century American poetry and German-American studies. For the Whitman Archive, he is involved in transcribing and encoding Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence.

photograph of Jason StacyJason Stacy is Associate Professor of U.S. History and Social Science Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the author of Walt Whitman's Multitudes: Labor Reform and Persona in Whitman's Journalism and the First Leaves of Grass, 1840-1855 (2008) and editor of Leaves of Grass, 1860: the 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (2009). His articles have appeared in Social Education, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and American Educational History. Stacy is co-editing Walt Whitman: Selected Journalism with Douglas Noverr for the University of Iowa Press (forthcoming) and is a contributing editor of Whitman's journalism for the Walt Whitman Archive.

photograph of Katherine L. WalterKatherine L. Walter is a founding director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL, she is also professor and chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections in the University Libraries. Walter was co-principal investigator of two Whitman-related research projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services: A Virtual Archive of Walt Whitman's Poetry Manuscripts and Interoperability of Metadata for Thematic Research Collections: A Model Based on the Walt Whitman Archive. Currently, she serves as a senior advisor to the Walt Whitman Archive and is on the project team for the Integrated Guide to Whitman's Prose Manuscripts. Walter co-chairs centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers, and serves on the steering committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.


Technical Consultants

  • Terry Catapano, Columbia University Libraries
  • Karin Dalziel, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Daniel Pitti, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia
  • Brian Pytlik Zillig, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Contributing Editors

  • Éric Athenot, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Susan Belasco, contributing editor, Whitman's Poems in Periodicals
  • Blake Bronson-Bartlett, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Marina Camboni, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Walter Grünzweig, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Andrew Jewell, contributing editor, Whitman's Blue Book
  • Matt Miller, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Maria Clara Paro, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Wesley Raabe, contributing editor, Louisa Van Velsor Whitman's Letters
  • Rey Rocha, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Marta Skwara, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Vanessa Steinroetter, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman

Editorial Acknowledgments

The Whitman Archive has benefited from the work of a number of previous editors, especially those who worked with general editors Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley on The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1984; Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004). We have drawn particularly heavily on the various volumes of The Correspondence, edited by Edwin Haviland Miller (vols. 1–6) and Ted Genoways (vol. 7), and Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, edited by Edward F. Grier.


Others have also made important contributions to the Archive.

We list Charles Green first because of his key role in the early development of the Archive. Other current and past staff members follow in alphabetical order:

Charles B. Green contributed to the Whitman Archive from its inception until 2006. He served as Project Manager from February 1996 until July 2000 when he shifted to the role of Technical Editor for the project. Green is the author of several articles published in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review as well as essays in the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia. In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the College of William and Mary, writing a dissertation entitled "Passing into Print: Walt Whitman and His Publishers." He currently serves as Research Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Roger Asselineau (a founding member of the Advisory Board who served until his death) 1997-2002
  • Zach Bajaber (web design and programming) 2004-2008
  • Stacey Berry (transcription and encoding; EAD creation and maintenance; handwriting tool) 2004-2010
  • Matthew Blackwell (photography section) 2013-2014
  • Robbie Bingler (programming; database management) 2000
  • Mary Bolin (creation of MODS records) 2005
  • Alicia Bones (encoding post-Reconstruction correspondence) 2012-2013
  • Jennifer Borgerding (transcription; proofreading) 2000-2001
  • Stephen Boykewich (scanning of manuscripts; proofreading; encoding) 2002-2004
  • Blake Bronson-Bartlett (transcribing, encoding, and annotating correspondence and notebooks; contributed to "Poets to Come" translations) 2007-2008; 2011-2014
  • Travis Brown (contributed to editing of Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2008-2010
  • Sandy Byrd (encoding of prose texts) 2006-2008
  • Michael Carmody (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Nicole Cloeren (scanning; transcription) 1999
  • Eric Conrad (transcribing, encoding, and annotating correspondence; expanded bibliography and contemporary reviews; introduction for Leaves of Grass Imprints) 2006-2007; 2009-2013
  • Jean Dickinson (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2002
  • Todd Diehl (revision; updating of bibliography) 1999-2001
  • Stephen Disrud (proofreading and correction of texts) 2006
  • David Donlon (transcription) 1995
  • Mary Ellen Ducey (creation of EAD finding aid for poetry manuscripts) 2002-2005
  • Allison Dushane (transcription, encoding, and proofing of With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2003-2006
  • Erica Fretwell (encoding and project management for manuscript annotation interface development) 2006-2008
  • Amanda Gailey (database and image management; transcription; training) 2002-2006
  • Cindy Girard (programming; development of search engine) 2003
  • Matthew Gold (Unix editing; formulation of teaching unit questions) 1997
  • Lauren Grewe (transcription and encoding of Whitman's marginalia; project management at UT-Austin) 2012-2014
  • Ramon Guerra (transcription of poems in periodicals) 2003-2004
  • Melody Han (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Kirk Hastings (creation of stylesheets and customization of document type definition) 2001-2002
  • John Havard (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2005
  • Whitney Helms (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2006-2007
  • Peter Henry (project manager; encoding of poetry manuscripts; EAD encoding) 2002-2003
  • Amy Hezel (transcriber and encoder of poetry manuscripts) 2004-2005
  • Chris Higgs (transcription of texts, XML encoding of various documents) 2005
  • Luke Hollis (transcription and encoding; image processing) 2009-2010
  • Chaya Huber (contributed to the Yiddish translation of Leaves of Grass) 2012-2013
  • Leslie Ianno (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Tim Jackson, (assistant editor of Civil War prose) 2009-2011
  • Patrick Jagoda (transcription, encoding, and proofing of With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2003-2006
  • Michael Jamieson (encoding of criticism) 2008-2009
  • Eder Jaramillo (transcription and encoding of correspondence) 2011-2014
  • Chris Jessee (digital imaging consulting) 2002-2005
  • Andrew Jewell (preparation of EAD files; xslt; manuscript transcription and encoding) 2001-2012
  • Nima Najafi Kianfar (transcription and encoding of correspondence) 2010-2014
  • Zachary King (transcription and encoding of correspondence) 2010-2011
  • Gabrielle Kiriloff (image processing, database entry, XSLT work) 2013-2014
  • Nick Krauter (encoding of prose texts) 2006-2008
  • Kathryn Kruger (transcription, encoding, and annotating of correspondence; edited poetry manuscript finding aids; Civil War Washington) 2007-2008; 2009-2010; 2011-2013
  • Robert LaCosse (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2004
  • April Lambert (encoding of Whitman family correspondence) 2006-2007
  • Ashley Lawson (transcription and encoding of prose manuscripts, xslt work) 2009-2012
  • Courtney Lawton (transcription and encoding of scribal documents and post-Reconstruction correspondence; image processing) 2013
  • Farrah Lehman (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2006-2007
  • Margaret Loose (revision of bibliography; transcription of poetry) 1999
  • Thomas Lukas (SGML consulting) 1996
  • Megan Maher (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Josh Matthews (transcription and encoding of notebooks) 2005-2008
  • Elizabeth McClurg (processing digital scans and data entry) 2009-2011
  • Jason McIntosh (database development for the gallery; encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2001-2002
  • Alicia Meyer (transcription and encoding of post-Reconstruction correspondence; image processing) 2013
  • Jon Miller (coordination of revision and updating of bibliography; encoding of bibliography) 1999-2000
  • Shea Montgomery (preparation of interviews for publication) 2012-2013
  • Heather Morton (assistant project manager) 2003-2005
  • Rob Nelson (project assistant and then project manager; site design; database development) 1997-2000
  • Alyssa Olson (Civil War Washington; editing photo metadata) 2007-2009
  • Jennifer Overkamp (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2002-2003
  • Megan Peabody (photo processing) 2007
  • Heather Peltier (encoding) 1997-1998
  • Heidi Peters (transcription of reviews; checking of Rhys edition of Leaves; encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2005
  • Ashley Price (transcription of poetry manuscripts; updating of database) 2003-2005
  • Gillian Price (transcription of poetry manuscripts; proofreading and encoding of Vasseur's translation of Whitman) 2006
  • Rachel Price (preparation of Vasseur edition) 2006-2007
  • Joshua Ranger (EAD encoding and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Beverley Rilett (processing digital images; and transcribing, encoding, and annotating correspondence) 2008-2012
  • Lisa Renfro (grant writing; editing and blessing of poetry manuscripts) 2004-2007
  • Katrina Robertson (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2001-2002
  • Susan J. Rosowski (a member of the Advisory Board who served until her death) 2001-2004
  • Alice Rutkowski (project manager; helped with the development of the Whitman DTD and the encoding guidelines) 2000-2002
  • Sabrina Ehmke Sergeant (transcription and encoding of Whitman's Blue Book) 2008-2011
  • David Seaman (conversion of texts from Borland database format into TEI Lite and SGML/XML consulting) 1998-2001
  • Amy L. Scherdin (encoding) 1998-1999
  • John Schwaninger (image processing; transcribing and encoding, correspondence and scribal documents) 2010-2013
  • David Sheesley (development of scripts for file conversion; database development) 2002-2003
  • Nina Shevchuk-Murray (preparation of Ukranian and Russian editions) 2007-2008
  • Tracy Simmons (transcription of interviews; image processing) 2005-2006
  • Melissa Sinner (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2003
  • Jonathan Soma (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Justin St. Clair (transcription of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2001
  • Vanessa Steinroetter (transcription and encoding of correspondence and reviews) 2007-2011
  • Nicholas Swiercek (transcription and encoding of interviews) 2005-2007
  • Sarah Synovec (transcription and encoding; image processing) 2008-2010
  • Elliot Tally (scanning of various editions of Leaves) 1997-1998
  • John Unsworth (general consulting) 1995
  • Sarah Walker (annotating Whitman's Civil War-era journalism) 2010-2011
  • Joshua Ware (database development, transcription and encoding) 2008-2011
  • Bart Welling (EAD encoding) 2002-2003
  • Sarah Weinert (photo processing) 2007
  • Frank Wheeler (encoding of criticism) 2008-2009
  • Jessica Williams (encoding of prose texts) 2007
  • Leslee Wright (transcription of poetry manuscripts; resizing of images) 2003
  • Zane Zimbelman (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003

Advisory Board

  • Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia
  • Julia Flanders, Brown University
  • Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut
  • Walter Grünzweig, University of Dortmund
  • Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
  • Joel Myerson, University of South Carolina
  • Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia
  • David S. Reynolds, City University of New York
  • Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland
  • John Unsworth, University of Illinois

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