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Guide to the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Original records created by the Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library, Harvard University; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed through the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Title: Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Collection Number: N/A


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Repository: Houghton Library

Abstract:
This electronic finding aid was created from the original catalog records obtained by The Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalog records are held in the Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Scope and Content: 
The Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library at Harvard University holds several Whitman items, including letters, photographs, notes, books, and drafts of prose and poetry. For this electronic finding aid, only those items deemed poetry manuscripts are described at the item-level.

Biographical Information:
For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Subjects:
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts;  Poets, American--19th century; 


Series Description and Item Lists

Whitman Archive ID: har.00003
Repository Manuscript ID: Autograph File
Title:  "Bardic Symbols"
Date: about 1860
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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This is a partial, late draft, with minor revisions, of "Bardic Symbols," first published in the April 1860 issue of the Atlantic Monthly. The poem was later revised and published under the title "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life." Two of the manuscript leaves are stored with a letter to the editor, James Russell Lowell, dated October 2, 1861; the other leaf is stored separately.

Whitman Archive ID: har.00001
Repository Manuscript ID: bMS Am 1343 (546)
Title:  "Grand is the Seen"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This is an unsigned draft of "Grand Is the Seen," a poem first published in 1891. An autographed photograph of Whitman, dated 1886, accompanies this manuscript.

Whitman Archive ID: har.00004
Repository Manuscript ID: MS Lowell 15
Title:  "Passage to India"
Date: about 1870
Physical Description: 21 leaves, handwritten
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This complete draft, with extensive revisions, of "Passage to India," a poem first published in 1871, includes passages cut from letterpress proofs. The draft is bound with a letter to Andrew and Thomas Rome, dated 15 March 1870.

Whitman Archive ID: har.00002
Repository Manuscript ID: bMS Am 1545 (1)
Title:  "Spain"
Date: March 16, 1873
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This is an unsigned draft of the poem "Spain," which was first published in 1873. The poem was later titled "Spain, 1873-74."


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Repository Contact Information:
Houghton Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138


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