Walt Whitman

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Completed Pages: 35,787

Registered Contributors: 4,010

Launched April 24, 2019.


Volunteer transcriptions now enable discovery and access for some portions of the Feinberg Whitman Collection and the Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection. Search them.

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) is best known as a path-breaking poet and author of Leaves of Grass. He worked as a school teacher, printer, newspaper editor, journalist, and carpenter, before becoming a civil servant and volunteer visitor in Union Army hospitals in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. As a freelance writer, Whitman penned a variety of poetry and prose, including essays, articles, reviews, fiction and nonfiction for the periodical press, speeches, and autobiographical works. The Library of Congress holds the largest number of Walt Whitman materials in the world, including drafts, notes, fragments, letters, poetry, and prose in the Charles E. Feinberg collection of Walt Whitman Papers and other collections in the Manuscript Division.

Note: Transcriptions available on The Walt Whitman Archive site may be a helpful resource for volunteers working on the correspondence in this campaign. The Whitman Archive does not cover the entirety of the Library's collections but does contain transcriptions for many of the Whitman letters held by the Library. Search keywords from a document to try to locate it in the Whitman Archive database.

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