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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Original records created by Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Title: Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Collection Number: N/A


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Repository:  Special Collections and University Archives

Abstract:
This electronic catalog was created, in part, from catalog records and digital images of the original manuscripts obtained by The Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalog records are held at Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Scope and Content: 
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, holds thirteen items, including correspondence, prose notes, proof sheets, broadsides, printed copies, and a poetry manuscript. This catalog includes item-level descriptions of the documents deemed poetry or prose manuscripts.

Biographical Information:
For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Subjects:
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts; Poets, American--19th century



Whitman Archive Title: American literature must become distinct
Whitman Archive ID: rut.00010
Repository ID: Ac.605
Date: 1845–1855
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View images: 1 | 2
Content: A manuscript fragment which contains thoughts similar to those found in the 1855 preface to Leaves of Grass. Floyd Stovall suggests that the writing of this manuscript was inspired by Whitman's reading of an article entitled "Thoughts on Reading" that appeared in the American Whig Review in May 1845. Stovall also suggests that this scrap contains echoes of "Song of the Answerer" (see Floyd Stovall, "Notes on Whitman's Reading," American Literature 26 [November 1954]: 352). The likely date of composition is between 1845 and 1855.



Whitman Archive Title: Hush'd be the camps to-day
Whitman Archive ID: rut.00001
Repository ID: Ac. 545
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Content: Draft of "Hush'd Be the Camps To-day," first published in Drum-Taps (1865). A revised version was included in the 1871–72 and subsequent editions of Leaves of Grass. Three of the leaves on which the manuscript is written are smaller and were formerly pasted to the fourth, larger leaf.



Whitman Archive Title: [ground where you may]
Whitman Archive ID: rut.00025
Repository ID: Ac.605
Date: 1845–1855
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The recto is a manuscript fragment containing several lines of prose that were included, with slightly-revised wording, as lines of poetry in the initial poem of the 1855 Leaves of Grass (ultimately titled "Song of Myself"). The lines that appear in the poem begin with "Sit awhile wayfarer" and continue through the end of the manuscript, ending with "and open the gate for your egress hence." These lines would remain, with minor revisions, through all the various versions of "Song of Myself." The verso contains a prose note that does not seem to have any link to Whitman's published work.



Whitman Archive Title: [more quarters--having been lost in MS]
Whitman Archive ID: rut.00009
Repository ID: Ac.546
Date: 1874
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The recto of this item contains a draft of portion of "'Tis But Ten Years Since (Third Paper)," one of six pieces about the Civil War that Whitman published in the New York Weekly Graphic in January and February, 1874. In 1875, these pieces were gathered and republished as Memoranda During the War. The portion of the article that Whitman was drafting here is a short note that appeared at the end of the third installment, informing readers that even though these articles were written as a series, "each paper is, for the casual reader's purposes, complete in itself." This text was not found in any of the other articles and was not included in Memoranda During the War. The third installment appeared on 14 February 1874. The manuscript on the verso did not contribute to any known published piece.




Restrictions:  None

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Repository Contact Information:

Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163


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