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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 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, 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 Caterina BernardiniCaterina Bernardini is a fourth-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 recently contributed to the creation of an integrated guide to Whitman's literary manuscripts.

photograph of Stephanie BlalockStephanie Blalock, associate editor, Walt Whitman Archive; associate editor, The Vault at Pfaff's, is a Digital Humanities Librarian in the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Go to Pfaff's: The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon, a peer-reviewed digital edition published by Lehigh University Press and The Vault at Pfaff's. She is also the author of "'Tell what I meant by Calamus: Walt Whitman’s Vision of Comradeship from Fred Vaughan to the Fred Gray Association" in Whitman Among the Bohemians, ed. Edward Whitley and Joanna Levin (Iowa, 2014) and the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review's special issue 30.4 on Whitman's fiction (2013). Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff's Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman's short fiction.

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 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 Sara DukeSara Duke is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double major in English and History and a double minor in French and Digital Humanities. Along with her UCARE position at the Archive, she is a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Vice-President of UNL Relay for Life, interns at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities working with web design, and is a student ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. This is her first year being associated with the Archive team, and her duties have included image processing and transcription.

photograph of Ryan FurlongRyan Furlong is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests include colonial, antebellum, and nineteenth-century American literatures, with particular foci on the American Renaissance, Transcendentalism, and Walt Whitman. He is currently working on transcribing and encoding letters sent to and from Whitman during the post-Reconstruction era.

photograph of Nicole GrayNicole Gray, project manager and associate editor, is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently supervising work on an NEH-funded project to digitize Whitman's pre-Leaves of Grass fiction, notebooks, and prose manuscripts. Her primary research interests are nineteenth-century literature, editorial theory, and book history. She has published essays in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and she has an article forthcoming in PMLA.

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 the principal investigator of Image Analysis for Archival Discovery, 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 digital humanities, with a particular emphasis on literary responses to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. He is the editor of Fanny Fern in the New York Ledger, an online project digitizing the newspaper columns of Fanny Fern. 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 oversaw the Archive's creation of the Integrated Catalog of Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts. He is now involved in further editing of Whitman's correspondence.

photograph of Alejandro OmidsalarAlejandro Omidsalar is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses primarily on American horror fiction and ecocriticism. He is currently working on transcribing and encoding Whitman's marginalia.

photograph of Ashley PalmerAshley Palmer is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a co-editor of Whitman's Poetry Reprints and served in the past as Project Manager and Assistant Editor for "Walt Whitman's Annotations." 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.

photograph of Stefan SchöberleinStefan Schöberlein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa and the managing editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. His research interests lie in the area of nineteenth-century American poetry and the intersections of science and literature. For the Whitman Archive, he is involved in transcribing, encoding, and annotating Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence.

photograph of Jeannette SchollaertJeannette Schollaert is a first year Master's student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her academic interests include late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American women writers, Women's and Gender Studies, and ecofeminism. This is her first year working for the Whitman Archive.

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), editor of Leaves of Grass, 1860: the 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (2009), and co-editor of Walt Whitman's Selected Journalism (2015). His articles have appeared in Social Education, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, American Educational History, and the Mickle Street Review. Stacy 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 recently served on the project team for the Integrated Guide to Whitman's Prose Manuscripts. Walter co-chairs centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers.

photograph of Edward WhitleyEdward Whitley is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet (2010) and co-editor, with Joanna Levin, of Whitman among the Bohemians (2014). With Rob Weidman he co-directs The Vault at Pfaff’s: An Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York. As contributing editor at the Walt Whitman Archive he prepared Gems from Walt Whitman and the British editions of Whitman’s poetry.

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
  • Ty Alyea (transcription and encoding of Whitman's marginalia) 2013-2015
  • Zach Bajaber (web design and programming) 2004-2008
  • Kyle Barton (transcribing, encoding, annotating, and managing correspondence; contributed to image gallery; maintained and updated Whitman bibliography) 2012-2015
  • 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
  • Kirsten Clawson (transcription and encoding of post-Reconstruction correspondence, notebooks, and prose manuscripts) 2013-2015
  • 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
  • Gertrud Elisberg (transcription, encoding, and annotating of Whitman's journalism) 2013-2014
  • Ian Faith (proofing of post-Reconstruction correspondence and With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2015
  • 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
  • Alex Kinnaman (transcription, encoding, and annotating of correspondence) 2014-2015
  • 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
  • Natalie O'Neal (transcription and encoding of post-Reconstruction correspondence and notebooks) 2014-2015
  • Alyssa Olson (Civil War Washington; editing photo metadata) 2007-2009
  • Jennifer Overkamp (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2002-2003
  • Juana Paramo (image processing, file transfer) 2014-2015
  • 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, Brandeis University

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