Poetry Manuscripts

Here you will find transcriptions and page images of the poetry manuscripts. The listing is added to regularly as the final editing of encoded transcriptions is completed. You may also view an older, HTML transcription with page images of Whitman's sequence of love poems, "Live Oak, with Moss" by clicking here.

Notebooks from the Library of Congress

This link takes you to the Library of Congress's website devoted to several of the Whitman notebooks in their collections; black and white page images are included.

Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman's Poetry Manuscripts

The Integrated Guide describes all of Whitman's poetry manuscripts individually, noting their relationships to his published works and providing repository location information. Significant work on item-level descriptions is still underway, so please check back regularly.
Finding Aids for Manuscripts at Individual Repositories

Finding aids from individual repositories offer descriptions of collections of original Whitman poetry manuscripts that are located in over thirty distinct archival repositories. The finding aids provide information about these particular manuscripts and briefly describe associated materials, such as correspondence, photographs, and other primary source materials.

Comments and Suggestions:

Our efforts to create a comprehensive finding aid for Whitman's manuscripts are ongoing, so please check back regularly to note updates of our encoded collections. Please direct comments or questions to Andrew Jewell, Editorial Assistant, or Kenneth M. Price, Co-Director of the Walt Whitman Archive.