"Calamus" Manuscripts

The richest collection of manuscripts relating to Whitman's famous "Calamus" poems is in the Valentine-Barrett Collection at the University of Virginia. Thirty-five out of the forty-five poems he originally included in the cluster can be found at Virginia. (We plan to add manuscripts from other collections as they become available.) We are grateful to Special Collections at Alderman Library of the University of Virginia for permission to reproduce these manuscripts.

The forty-five poems in the "Calamus" cluster of Leaves of Grass (1860) appeared in a numbered sequence but were otherwise untitled. Listed below are the numbers and the first words of most of poems of the 1860 "Calamus" cluster. Clicking on the links will display the manuscripts.