Walt Whitman

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth. Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) worked as a school teacher, printer, newspaper editor, journalist, carpenter, freelance writer, civil servant, and Union Army nurse in Washington D.C. during the Civil War, but he is best known as one of America’s most famous poets–and as a poet of democracy.

The Library of Congress holds the world’s largest Walt Whitman manuscript collection. This Campaign presents a large subset of his writings, including the poetry in the Charles E. Feinberg collection, and the smaller Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, which includes personal letters, address books, and other documents.