Whitman contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines in a variety of roles from the early 1830s, when he was a printer's apprentice on the Long Island Patriot, until his death in 1892. Over those sixty years, Whitman set type, owned, edited, and wrote for local newspapers, and published both prose and verse in magazines and newspapers. During Whitman's lifetime, more readers encountered his work in periodicals than in any of his books. Recognizing the importance of periodicals to Whitman's career, the Archive presents page images and transcriptions of Whitman's poems and fiction that appeared for the first time in periodicals.
We also offer page images and full-text transcriptions of Whitman's journalism from the Civil War as well as some of his early journalistic series. In addition, we make available page images of the New York Aurora from the period Whitman served as editor, several months in the spring of 1842. Page images of the Armory Square Hospital Gazette, a hospital newspaper to which Whitman contributed during the Civil War, are forthcoming on the Whitman Archive (Armory Square Hospital Gazette can be accessed now through our sister site, Civil War Washington). The extent of Whitman's influence on and contributions to both the Aurora and Armory Square Hospital Gazette during these periods remains unclear. In making the page images of these very rare newspapers available, we hope to encourage scholarship illuminating these matters. Over time we hope to feature additional journalistic content.