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