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photograph of Ed FolsomEd 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.

photograph of Kenneth M. PriceKenneth 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).

photograph of Ty AlyeaTy Alyea is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. His work for the Walt Whitman Archive involves encoding Walt Whitman's marginalia and preparing materials for database entry. His dissertation project, Rituals of Diagnosis, examines how nineteenth-century literary depictions of insanity shaped and responded to contemporary conversations about identity, civic responsibility, and national destiny.

photograph of Brett BarneyBrett 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.

photograph of Kyle BartonKyle 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.

photograph of Susan BelascoSusan Belasco is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the editor of Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 by Margaret Fuller (Illinois, 1991); co-editor, with Larry J. Reynolds, of "These Sad but Glorious Days": Dispatches from Europe, 1846-1850 by Margaret Fuller (Yale, 1991); editor of Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern (Penguin, 1996); and co-editor, with Elizabeth Ammons, of Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin (MLA, 2000). With Kenneth Price, she co-edited Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America (Virginia, 1995) and co-edited, with Ed Folsom and Price, Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007). Recently, she edited Stowe in Her Own Time (Iowa, 2009). With Linck Johnson, she is co-editor of the Bedford Anthology of American Literature. For the Archive she is the editor of Whitman's Poems in Periodicals.

photograph of Caterina BernardiniCaterina Bernardini is a second-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 American poetry, comparative literature, and translation studies. For the Archive, Caterina is currently helping to edit Whitman's correspondence and is encoding the first unabridged Italian translation of Leaves of Grass.

photograph of Stephanie BlalockStephanie 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.

photpgraph of Matthew BlackwellMatthew Blackwell is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His research interests lie in nineteenth-century American book studies and print culture. He is currently working on updating the photography section of the Walt Whitman Archive.

photograph of Blake Bronson-BartlettBlake Bronson-Bartlett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. For the Archive, he has worked on the transcription, encoding, and annotation of Whitman's correspondence, notebooks, and Two Rivulets. As a research assistant for the Obermann Humanities Seminar, "Walt Whitman International: Translation and the Digital Archive," he has also contributed to the "Poets to Come" materials featured in the Translations section of the Archive. His interests include urban studies, Franco-American cultural studies, and nineteenth-century French and American verse.

photograph of Janel CayerJanel Cayer 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 works as senior assistant editor preparing P5 transcriptions of Leaves of Grass and assists in editing the Archive's finding aids for Whitman's poetry manuscripts.

photograph of Kirsten ClawsonKirsten Clawson is a junior undergraduate English major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along with working in the Archive, she works for the University Honors Program, serves as a junior 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 post-Reconstruction-era correspondence.

photograph of Matt CohenMatt Cohen, Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of Texas at Austin, focuses on tool development and digital archival theory. With the assistance of a major grant from the NEH, he is doing work on "Walt Whitman's Annotations," a project that will develop markup approaches for Whitman's marginalia. In addition, he edited Horace Traubel's nine-volume With Walt Whitman in Camden for the Whitman Archive. With Rachel Price, he edited and introduced the Archive's digital version of Álvaro Armando Vasseur's 1912 selection from Leaves of Grass, the first book-length translation of Leaves into Spanish.

photograph of Eric ConradEric Conrad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. His past duties for the Archive include transcribing, encoding, and annotating Whitman's correspondence and expanding the Archive's searchable bibliography and collection of contemporary reviews. Currently, Eric is preparing an encoded transcription of and introduction to Leaves of Grass Imprints. His dissertation contextualizes Whitman's marketing strategies (for his poetry and celebrity) within the broader trends of literary promotion during the second half of the nineteenth century.

photograph of Nicole GrayNicole Gray is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in book history and nineteenth-century American literature. Her past duties on the Walt Whitman Archive have included transcription, encoding, and editorial work with Whitman's annotations and marginalia. She currently works as a project manager and a senior assistant editor on Whitman's post-Reconstruction correspondence and pre-Leaves of Grass fiction.

photograph of Lauren GreweLauren Grewe is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on American Indian literature and American poetry, with a particular interest in the nineteenth century. She currently serves as project manager for the NEH-funded project "Walt Whitman's Annotations."

photograph of Eder JaramilloEder Jaramillo is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His area of interest is Renaissance Studies with an emphasis on Shakespeare. Currently he is exploring Shakespeare's place and resounding influence in Latin American literature and film. He is also interested in Latin American and Latina/Chicano literature. For the Whitman Archive, Eder contributes to editorial work on Whitman's two-way correspondence.

photograph of Nima Najafi KianfarNima Najafi Kianfar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he specializes in poetry writing and post-war American, Iranian, and international poetics. He also has a certification in Nineteenth-Century Studies as well as a collateral field in Film Theory. His current poetic focus and research interests involve Iran and its past and present representation in literature, film, and other media. As an editorial assistant with the Walt Whitman Archive, Nima has worked on Whitman's scribal documents and Reconstruction-era correspondence.

photograph of Gabrielle KiriloffGabrielle Kiriloff is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her academic interests include digital humanities, new media studies, gender studies and 20th-century literature. Gabrielle has worked on a number of digital archives, including the William Blake Archive and the Willa Cather Archive. For the Whitman Archive Gabrielle is involved in image processing and database entry.

photograph of Elizabeth LorangElizabeth 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. Her work has appeared in Literature and Journalism: Inspirations, Intersections, and Inventions from Ben Franklin to Stephen Colbert (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Documentary Editing, the Mickle Street Review, and the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. She is the 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.

photograph of Kevin McMullenKevin McMullen 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. He now oversees the Archive's efforts to create an integrated finding guide to all of Whitman's literary manuscripts.

photograph of Matt MillerMatt Miller is an Assistant Professor of English at Yeshiva University. A contributing editor for the Whitman Archive, he is currently working on Yiddish translations of Whitman. From 2002 to 2008, he created searchable databases of bibliographic citations for Whitman criticism and images of Whitman, encoded Whitman's notebooks, and supervised encoding projects at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Collage of Myself: Walt Whitman and the Making of Leaves of Grass (Nebraska, 2010).

photograph of Wesley RaabeWesley Raabe is an Assistant Professor of Textual Editing and American Literature at Kent State University. He is the editor of the National Era text of Uncle Tom's Cabin for Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture and is at work on "Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition." As a contributing editor for the Whitman Archive, he is editing the letters of Louisa Van Velsor Whitman.

photograph of Stefan SchöberleinStefan 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.

photograph of Jason StacyJason 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.

photograph of Vanessa SteinroetterVanessa Steinroetter is an Assistant Professor of English at Washburn University and a contributing editor for the Walt Whitman Archive. From 2007 to 2011, she served first as an editorial assistant, working on digitizing, annotating, and editing Whitman's Civil War correspondence and the contemporary reviews of his works, and then as the project coordinator of the Archive's translation section. She has also encoded and transcribed printed translations of Whitman's poetry and prose in German and, at present, is managing the online publication of translations into other languages and preparing further German translations for publication on the Archive.

photograph of Katherine L. WalterKatherine L. Walter is chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections (DISC) in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, and co-directs UNL's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities with Kenneth M. Price. Walter has been 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 Manuscripts and Interoperability of Metadata for Thematic Research Collections: A Model Based on The Walt Whitman Archive. She currently serves as co-chair of the steering committee of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers.

photograph of Brian Pytlik ZilligBrian Pytlik Zillig is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Among various contributions to the Archive, he has worked on XSLT development and is the creator of TokenX.


Others have also made important contributions to the Archive.

We list Charles Green first because of his key role in the early development of the Archive. Other current and past staff members follow in alphabetical order:

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.

  • Roger Asselineau (a founding member of the Advisory Board who served until his death) 1997-2002
  • Zach Bajaber (web design and programming) 2004-2008
  • Stacey Berry (transcription and encoding; EAD creation and maintenance; handwriting tool) 2004-2010
  • Robbie Bingler (programming; database management) 2000
  • Mary Bolin (creation of MODS records) 2005
  • Alicia Bones (encoding post-Reconstruction correspondence) 2012-2013
  • Jennifer Borgerding (transcription; proofreading) 2000-2001
  • Stephen Boykewich (scanning of manuscripts; proofreading; encoding) 2002-2004
  • Travis Brown (contributed to editing of Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2008-2010
  • Sandy Byrd (encoding of prose texts) 2006-2008
  • Michael Carmody (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Terry Catapano (SGML and EAD consulting) 2001-
  • Nicole Cloeren (scanning; transcription) 1999
  • Jean Dickinson (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2002
  • Todd Diehl (revision; updating of bibliography) 1999-2001
  • Stephen Disrud (proofreading and correction of texts) 2006
  • David Donlon (transcription) 1995
  • Mary Ellen Ducey (creation of EAD finding aid for poetry manuscripts) 2002-2005
  • Allison Dushane (transcription, encoding, and proofing of With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2003-2006
  • Erica Fretwell (encoding and project management for manuscript annotation interface development) 2006-2008
  • Amanda Gailey (database and image management; transcription; training) 2002-2006
  • Ted Genoways (editorial contributions on Whitman's correspondence and photographs) 2003-
  • Cindy Girard (programming; development of search engine) 2003
  • Matthew Gold (Unix editing; formulation of teaching unit questions) 1997
  • Ramon Guerra (transcription of poems in periodicals) 2003-2004
  • Melody Han (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Kirk Hastings (creation of stylesheets and customization of document type definition) 2001-2002
  • John Havard (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2005
  • Whitney Helms (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2006-2007
  • Peter Henry (project manager; encoding of poetry manuscripts; EAD encoding) 2002-2003
  • Amy Hezel (transcriber and encoder of poetry manuscripts) 2004-2005
  • Chris Higgs (transcription of texts, XML encoding of various documents) 2005
  • Luke Hollis (transcription and encoding; image processing) 2009-2010
  • Chaya Huber (contributed to the Yiddish translation of Leaves of Grass) [2012-2013]
  • Leslie Ianno (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003-2004
  • Tim Jackson, (assistant editor of Civil War prose) 2009-2011
  • Patrick Jagoda (transcription, encoding, and proofing of With Walt Whitman in Camden) 2003-2006
  • Michael Jamieson (encoding of criticism) 2008-2009
  • Chris Jessee (digital imaging consulting) 2002-2005
  • Andrew Jewell (preparation of EAD files; xslt; manuscript transcription and encoding; contributing editor, Walt Whitman's Blue Book) 2001-2012
  • Zachary King (transcribing and encoding of correspondence) 2010-2011
  • Nick Krauter (encoding of prose texts) 2006-2008
  • Kathryn Kruger (transcribing, encoding, and annotating of correspondence; edited poetry manuscript finding aids; Civil War Washington) 2007-2008; 2009-2010; 2011-2013
  • Robert LaCosse (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2004
  • April Lambert (encoding of Whitman family correspondence) 2006-2007
  • Ashley Lawson (transcription and encoding of prose manuscripts, xslt work) 2009-2012
  • Courtney Lawton (transcription and encoding of scribal documents and post-Reconstruction correspondence; image processing) 2013
  • Farrah Lehman (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2006-2007
  • Margaret Loose (revision of bibliography; transcription of poetry) 1999
  • Thomas Lukas (SGML consulting) 1996
  • Megan Maher (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Josh Matthews (transcription and encoding of notebooks) 2005-2008
  • Elizabeth McClurg (processing digital scans and data entry) 2009-2011
  • Jason McIntosh (database development for the gallery; encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2001-2002
  • Alicia Meyer (transcription and encoding of post-Reconstruction correspondence; image processing) 2013
  • Jon Miller (coordination of revision and updating of bibliography; encoding of bibliography) 1999-2000
  • Shea Montgomery (preparation of interviews for publication) 2012-2013
  • Heather Morton (assistant project manager) 2003-2005
  • Rob Nelson (project assistant and then project manager; site design; database development) 1997-2000
  • Alyssa Olson (Civil War Washington; editing photo metadata) 2007-2009
  • Jennifer Overkamp (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2002-2003
  • Megan Peabody (photo processing) 2007
  • Heather Peltier (encoding) 1997-1998
  • Heidi Peters (transcription of reviews; checking of Rhys edition of Leaves; encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2005
  • Daniel Pitti (SGML, XML and EAD consulting) 1997-
  • Ashley Price (transcription of poetry manuscripts; updating of database) 2003-2005
  • Gillian Price (transcription of poetry manuscripts; proofreading and encoding of Vasseur's translation of Whitman) 2006
  • Rachel Price (preparation of Vasseur edition) 2006-2007
  • Joshua Ranger (EAD encoding and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Beverley Rilett (processing digital images; and transcribing, encoding, and annotating correspondence) 2008-2012
  • Lisa Renfro (grant writing; editing and blessing of poetry manuscripts) 2004-2007
  • Katrina Robertson (transcription and encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2001-2002
  • Susan J. Rosowski (a member of the Advisory Board who served until her death) 2001-2004
  • Alice Rutkowski (project manager; helped with the development of the Whitman DTD and the encoding guidelines) 2000-2002
  • Sabrina Ehmke Sergeant (transcription and encoding of Whitman's Blue Book) 2008-2011
  • David Seaman (conversion of texts from Borland database format into TEI Lite and SGML/XML consulting) 1998-2001
  • Amy L. Scherdin (encoding) 1998-1999
  • John Schwaninger (image processing; transcribing and encoding, correspondence and scribal documents) 2010-2013
  • David Sheesley (development of scripts for file conversion; database development) 2002-2003
  • Nina Shevchuk-Murray (preparation of Ukranian and Russian editions) 2007-2008
  • Tracy Simmons (transcription of interviews; image processing) 2005-2006
  • Melissa Sinner (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2003
  • Jonathan Soma (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003
  • Justin St. Clair (transcription of poetry manuscripts) 2000-2001
  • Nicholas Swiercek (transcription and encoding of interviews)
  • Sarah Synovec (transcription and encoding; image processing) 2008-2010
  • Elliot Tally (scanning of various editions of Leaves) 1997-1998
  • John Unsworth (general consulting) 1995
  • Sarah Walker (annotating Whitman's Civil War-era journalism) 2010-2011
  • Joshua Ware (database development, transcription and encoding) 2008-2011
  • Bart Welling (EAD encoding) 2002-2003
  • Sarah Weinert (photo processing) 2007
  • Frank Wheeler (encoding of criticism) 2008-2009
  • Jessica Williams (encoding of prose texts) 2007
  • Leslee Wright (transcription of poetry manuscripts; resizing of images) 2003
  • Zane Zimbelman (encoding of poetry manuscripts) 2003

Advisory Board

  • Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia
  • Julia Flanders, Brown University
  • Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut
  • Walter Grünzweig, University of Dortmund
  • Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
  • Joel Myerson, University of South Carolina
  • Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia
  • David S. Reynolds, City University of New York
  • Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland
  • John Unsworth, University of Illinois

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