Ed Folsom, project co-director, is the Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Since 1983, he has served as Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. He directed "Walt Whitman: The Centennial Project," which was funded by the NEH and the Iowa Humanities Board. He is the editor of Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (Iowa, 1994); co-editor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow!, 1981, rev. ed., 1997) and Walt Whitman and the World (Iowa, 1996); and author of Walt Whitman's Native Representations (Cambridge, 1994). He co-authored with Kenneth Price Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005) and co-edited Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007). The Whitman Archive activities at Iowa are housed at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.
Kenneth M. Price, project co-director, is Hillegass University Professor of American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the co-editor of books on Literary Studies in the Digital Age, James Weldon Johnson, George Santayana, and nineteenth-century periodical literature. He is also the co-editor of Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman (Kent State, 1984); editor of Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge, 1996); author of Whitman and Tradition: The Poet in His Century (Yale, 1990) and To Walt Whitman, America (North Carolina, 2004). In addition, Price co-edited with Susan Belasco and Ed Folsom Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007), and co-authored with Ed Folsom Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005).
Ty Alyea recently earned his doctorate in English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is encoding a scrapbook manuscript that reflects Whitman's attempt to assemble a comprehensive map of the geographical and intellectual landscape of his age. His research examines political, religious, and aesthetic dimensions of nineteenth-century representations of insanity.
Alex Ashland is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, aesthetics, and theories of representation. He is currently working on transcribing and encoding letters sent to Whitman during the post-Reconstruction era.
Brett Barney, Senior Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, is Research Associate Professor in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He co-edited Encyclopedia of American Literature, Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816-1895 (Facts on File, 2008) and is currently editing a comprehensive collection of Whitman interviews and recollections.
Kyle Barton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa where he focuses on nineteenth-century poetry and poetics. He is the managing editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and is currently working on updating the photography section of the Walt Whitman Archive.
Caterina Bernardini is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is participating in a joint program between UNL and the University of Macerata (Italy). Her research centers on Whitman's reception in Italy, and she is completing an Italian translation of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Her interests include nineteenth-century and early modernist American poetry, comparative literature, and translation studies. For the Archive, Caterina currently contributes to the Archive's efforts to create an integrated guide to Whitman's literary manuscripts.
Stephanie Blalock is an M.A. student in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. After completing her Ph.D. in 19th-Century American Literature at the University of Iowa in 2011, she accepted a position as a Guest Lecturer at the Technische Universität Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, where she taught courses in American Literature and Academic Writing. Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff's Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman's fiction. She works as a contributing editor for the Archive and an associate editor on Whitman's pre-Leaves of Grass fiction. She is currently encoding Whitman's temperance novel Franklin Evans.
Janel Cayer, senior assistant editor, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on the antebellum period. Janel's past duties for the Archive have included transcription and encoding, website and database maintenance, image processing, and staff training. She currently prepares P5 transcriptions of Whitman's pre-Leaves of Grass fiction, notebooks, and prose manuscripts. Janel also contributes to the Archive's efforts to create an integrated guide to Whitman's literary manuscripts.
Kirsten Clawson is a senior undergraduate English major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along with working in the Archive, she works for the University Fellowships Office, serves as a senior editor for the Laurus literary magazine, and is active in her sorority. As a UCARE student at the Walt Whitman Archive, Kirsten works on transcribing and encoding Whitman's pre-1855 prose manuscripts.
Matt Cohen is a Contributing Editor at the Walt Whitman Archive and Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of Texas at Austin. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he leads work on "Walt Whitman's Annotations," creating an edition of and interface for Whitman's marginalia and annotations. For the Archive he has edited Horace Traubel's nine-volume With Walt Whitman in Camden and, with Rachel Price, the digital version of Álvaro Armando Vasseur's 1912 selection from Leaves of Grass, the first book-length translation of Leaves into Spanish. With Rey Rocha and Nicole Gray, he edited "Spanish Translations of Poets to Come.'"
Nicole Gray, project manager and associate editor, is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently editing Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence and supervising work on an NEH-funded project to digitize the pre-Leaves of Grass fiction, notebooks, and prose manuscripts. Her articles have appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and forthcoming in PMLA.
Alex Kinnaman is a senior undergraduate pursuing a B.A. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her academic interests include digital humanities and 19th-century British and American Literature. In addition to her work at the Archive, she interns at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities working on Civil War Washington, she is a UCARE student working on Amanda Gailey's archive The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk, and she is a student ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences. For the Archive, Alex works on transcribing and encoding Whitman's incoming post-Reconstruction era correspondence.
Elizabeth Lorang, senior associate editor and program manager, is Digital Humanities Projects Librarian in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also project co-director of Civil War Washington and co-editor of "'Will not these days be by thy poets sung': Poems of the Anglo-African and National Anti-Slavery Standard, 1863-1864." With Susan Belasco, she edited Whitman's Poems in Periodicals. For more on Liz, see her website.
Kevin McMullen, senior assistant editor, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His areas of interest are nineteenth-century American literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on Whitman and his cultural afterlife, and digital humanities. Kevin's work for the Archive has included the preparation of Whitman's scribal documents from the poet's years working in the Attorney General's office, transcription and encoding of Whitman's Reconstruction-era correspondence, and staff training. As project manager, he now oversees the Archive's efforts to create an integrated finding guide to all of Whitman's literary manuscripts.
Gertrud Elisberg is a Ph.D. student in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Carbondale. Her main research interests are 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture, European modernism, and Transatlantic studies. She is currently working on transcribing and annotating Whitman's early journalism for the Archive. Future projects include revising and updating Børge Houmann's 1929 translation of Whitman's Song of Myself into Danish.
Natalie O'Neal is an M.A. student in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests lie in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American women novelists. She is currently working on image processing and text encoding of Whitman's correspondence.
Ashley Palmer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, "'I Never Once Thought of Them': Retail Workers in American Department Store Fiction," investigates representations of labor and gender in American fiction about department stores at the turn of the century. She is currently working as the Project Manager for "Walt Whitman's Annotations." Her work for the Archive includes transcribing and encoding marginalia, expanding Whitman's reading database, and image processing.
Juana Paramo is a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Business Administration and two minors in French and Accounting. She is member of the Mexican American Student Association, UNL's Business Learning Community, Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholar Program and Institute of Excellence Scholar Program. It is her first year being part of the Archive team.
Stefan Schöberlein is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests lie in the area of nineteenth-century American poetry and German-American studies. For the Whitman Archive, he is involved in transcribing and encoding Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence.
Jason Stacy is Associate Professor of U.S. History and Social Science Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the author of Walt Whitman's Multitudes: Labor Reform and Persona in Whitman's Journalism and the First Leaves of Grass, 1840-1855 (2008) and editor of Leaves of Grass, 1860: the 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (2009). His articles have appeared in Social Education, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and American Educational History. Stacy is co-editing Walt Whitman: Selected Journalism with Douglas Noverr for the University of Iowa Press (forthcoming) and is a contributing editor of Whitman's journalism for the Walt Whitman Archive.
Katherine L. Walter is a founding director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL, she is also professor and chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections in the University Libraries. Walter was co-principal investigator of two Whitman-related research projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services: A Virtual Archive of Walt Whitman's Poetry Manuscripts and Interoperability of Metadata for Thematic Research Collections: A Model Based on the Walt Whitman Archive. Currently, she serves as a senior advisor to the Walt Whitman Archive and is on the project team for the Integrated Guide to Whitman's Prose Manuscripts. Walter co-chairs centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers, and serves on the steering committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.
The Whitman Archive has benefited from the work of a number of previous editors, especially those who worked with general editors Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley on The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1984; Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004). We have drawn particularly heavily on the various volumes of The Correspondence, edited by Edwin Haviland Miller (vols. 1–6) and Ted Genoways (vol. 7), and Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, edited by Edward F. Grier.
Charles B. Green contributed to the Whitman Archive from its inception until 2006. He served as Project Manager from February 1996 until July 2000 when he shifted to the role of Technical Editor for the project. Green is the author of several articles published in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review as well as essays in the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia. In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the College of William and Mary, writing a dissertation entitled "Passing into Print: Walt Whitman and His Publishers." He currently serves as Research Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.