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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 Whitman's Old Age correspondence.

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 edited a comprehensive collection of Whitman interviews and recollections for the Whitman Archive and co-edited Encyclopedia of American Literature, Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816-1895 (Facts on File, 2008).

photograph of Caterina BernardiniCaterina Bernardini is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches and works as an editorial assistant for the Walt Whitman Archive. Her interests include nineteenth-century and early modernist American poetry, reception studies, comparative literature, and translation studies. Her dissertation treated the reception of Walt Whitman's poetry in Italy, as seen within a larger transnational frame. She has published articles in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Willa Cather Newsletter and Review, and in several collections of essays. As a graduate student, from 2013 to 2017, she worked as an editorial assistant for the Willa Cather Archive.

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 Blake Bronson-BartlettBlake Bronson-Bartlett is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in English at The University of Iowa, where he earned his PhD in 2014. From 2014-2016, he was guest lecturer in the Institute for American Studies at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. His scholarship has appeared on The Walt Whitman Archive and in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. His research on Henry David Thoreau is forthcoming in ESQ. He is also co-translator, with Robert Fernandez, of an edition of the poems and manuscripts of Stéphane Mallarmé, titled Azure: Poems and Selections from the "Livre" (Wesleyan University Press, 2015). His current projects include a book on mid-nineteenth-century writing materials and an online resource based on the papers of Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott.

photograph of Regan ChasekRegan Chasek is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is majoring in English with a minor in Software Development. This is her first year with the Whitman Archive, where her duties include proofreading and creating image processing scripts. Aside from working at the Archive, she writes short fiction and is the secretary of UNL's Operating Systems and Open Source Group.

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 Nebraska-Lincoln. His book Whitman's Drift: Imagining Literary Distribution was released by the University of Iowa Press in 2017. 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.

photograph of Ian FaithIan Faith is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Iowa. His research interests include nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century American literature, media studies, and game studies. In his work with the Whitman Archive, he transcribes, encodes, and annotates Whitman's Old Age correspondence.

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. Ryan assisted in the transcription and encoding of Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence, was involved in a project to map the paths of Whitman's letters, and is now working on transcription and encoding of Whitman's Old Age correspondence.

photograph of Nicole GrayNicole Gray, project manager and associate editor, is a research assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has edited or co-edited a range of Whitman materials for the Whitman Archive, from early prose manuscripts to periodical fiction. Her primary research interests are nineteenth-century literature, editorial theory, and book history. She has published essays in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and PMLA.

photograph of Caitlin HenryCaitlin Henry is a first year M.A. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her academic interests include digital humanities and nineteenth-century literature. Caitlin’s duties at the Whitman Archive include image processing, TEI encoding, and editing encyclopedia entries.

photograph of Brady KrienBrady Krien 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, periodical literature, the environmental and digital humanities, and the role of science in American nature writing. Brady works on transcriptions and encoding of Whitman's Old Age correspondence.

photograph of Kevin McMullenKevin McMullen, senior assistant editor, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teaching and research focus on 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. As project manager, he oversaw the Whitman Archive's creation of the Integrated Catalog of Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts. He also oversees the Archive's Journalism and Poems in Periodicals sections.

photograph of James O'NeilJames O'Neil is beginning his PhD studies in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on literary representations of American faith practices, and the ways in which Walt Whitman's poetry plays within the definitions of Emersonian Transcendentalism. For the Archive, James is working on the variorum of Whitman's 1855 Leaves of Grass.

photograph of Alejandro OmidsalarAlejandro Omidsalar is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on American horror fiction and ecocriticism. He is a co-editor of "Walt Whitman's Poetry Reprints" and served in the past as Project Manager and Assistant Editor for "Walt Whitman's Annotations."

photograph of Ashley PalmerAshley Palmer is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a co-editor of "Walt 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 Benjamin SchmidtBenjamin Schmidt is a second year MLIS student at the School of Library Science at the University of Iowa with the Certificate in the Public Digital Humanities. He is also a HASTAC Scholar at the Obermann Center at the University of Iowa and holds a BA in History from Brandeis University. This is his first year with the Whitman Archive.

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, literature, and technology. For the Whitman Archive, he is involved in transcribing, encoding, and annotating Whitman's post-Reconstruction and Old Age correspondence. His scholarship related to Whitman has appeared in American Literature, College Literature, WWQR, and the South Central Review. Stefan's translation of Whitman's Jack Engle into German has appeared in 2017 (Das Kulturelle Gedächtnis).

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.

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
  • Marina Camboni, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Walter Grünzweig, contributing editor, Translations of Whitman
  • Andrew Jewell, contributing editor, Whitman's Blue Book
  • Elizabeth Lorang, contributing editor, Whitman's Poems in Periodicals
  • 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
  • Edward Whitley, contributing editor, Gems from Walt Whitman and the British editions of Whitman's poetry

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
  • Micah Bateman (transcription and encoding of Whitman's marginalia and annotations) 2016-2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Janel Cayer (transcription and encoding; image processing; website and database maintenance; staff training) 2002-2004; 2008-2015
  • 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
  • Sara Duke (image processing, transcription, and encoding) 2015-2017
  • 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
  • Said Fallaha (proofing of encyclopedia entries and editing of Two Rivulets) 2016-2017
  • Erica Fretwell (encoding and project management for manuscript annotation interface development) 2006-2008
  • Amanda Gailey (database and image management; transcription; training) 2002-2006
  • Emily Gengler (data entry for correspondence mapping project) 2016-2017
  • 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
  • Sera Kong (transcription and encoding of Whitman's marginalia and annotations) 2016-2017
  • 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
  • Kirby Little (transcription and encoding of correspondence, XSLT work) 2016-2017
  • 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
  • Jeannette Schollaert (image processing; transcription and encoding of prose manuscripts and correspondence) 2015-2016
  • 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
  • Kara Wentworth (transcription and encoding of correspondence) 2017
  • 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 Richmond
  • Julia Flanders, Northeastern 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 VirginiaBer

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