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Guide to the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Original records created by the Library of Congress; 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 Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Collection Number: MSS18630


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Collector:  Feinberg, Charles E.


Repository:  Library of Congress

Abstract:
This electronic finding aid was created from the original finding aid created by the Library of Congress and digital images created by the The Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers are held at the Library of Congress.

Scope and Content: 
The Feinberg-Whitman Collection includes materials relating to Walt Whitman's life and his literary career. Whitman's method of composition can be seen through a wide variety of material in the collection, including handwritten manuscript drafts, edited proofs and offprints, notebooks, diaries, and commonplace books. Materials in the collection illustrate Whitman's development as a writer and provide a strong foundation for scholarship in multiple areas of investigation.

In addition to a strong focus on Whitman's work, the collection also provides documents that relate to his personal life, including correspondence among family, friends, and colleagues. The correspondence includes several hundred letters written by Whitman as well as those he received. The collection also contains photographs and personal artifacts, such as Whitman's walking stick.

Charles Feinberg's correspondence relating to the quarterly Walt Whitman Review, documents pertaining to selected publications about Whitman, and items that detail exhibits based on items from the collection are also included. The collection also includes the papers of Richard Maurice Bucke, Charles E. Feinberg, John H. Johnston, William Douglas O'Connor, and Horace and Anne Montgomerie Traubel.

Biographical Information:
Charles Evan Feinberg was born on September 27, 1899 in London, England. He moved with his family to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in his youth. As one of Samuel and Jane Stocker Feinberg's eight children, Feinberg began working at age twelve to help support his family. His formal education ended after the seventh grade, but he continued to educate himself independently, and he developed a keen interest in American literature, including,most significantly, Walt Whitman. He first read Whitman's poetry in William M. Rossetti's American Poems, and he began constructing his vast Whitman collection at age seventeen with the purchase of a letter for $7.50 (a third of Feinberg's weekly income). Feinberg emigrated to the United States in 1923 and found a home in Detroit, Michigan. His work in the home heating oil industry provided the resources necessary to develop and expand his Whitman collection. Feinberg purchased letters, postcards, notebooks, and other items created by Whitman, which document the poet's life and literary career. His efforts resulted in the largest and most comprehensive Whitman collection in the world. In addition to Whitman materials, Feinberg also collected Judaica and the works of many other eminent writers, including Robert Frost.Feinberg's independent work as a book collector and scholar earned him honorary doctorates in humane letters from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, the University of Detroit, and St. Thomas University in Miami, and the S. Y. Agnon Gold Medal for intellectual achievement from Hebrew University. He wrote articles on Whitman and regularly guest-lectured in college classrooms. Feinberg, who claimed to be a "custodian, not a possessor" of his vast collection, variously sold and donated the materials in this collection over a number of years. He died in 1988.

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


Series: 1
Title: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Date: 1863-91, undated
Series Description: The first series includes diaries, diary notes, address books, notebooks, and commonplace books that are arranged by type of material and then chronologically. Daybooks or memorandum books kept by Whitman are also included in this series.

Box: 1
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00149
Title:  "[September & October 1863]"
Date: 1863
Physical Description: about 21 leaves, 10 x 7 cm, handwritten
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A notebook bound by Whitman and tied with red ribbon. It contains addresses of many soldiers hospitalized at Armory Square Hospital in Washington. Short case histories follow most of the names. Also contains trial lines for the poem "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night," first published in 1865.

Box: 1
Folder: Address Books, 1876-86 (3 v.)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00150
Title:  "[birthdays]"
Date: 1876-1886
Physical Description: 
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An address book filled with names and addresses, notes, figures, lists, and trial lines for poems and prose. Contained within the address book are trial lines, which Whitman labeled "Old Proverb," called "[I'd make the Songs of the Nation]." Also in this notebook is a note entitled "Death of Lincoln" describing ambitions for a piece on that topic.

Box: 2
Folder: June-Aug. 1880. Diary in Canada Vol. II.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00151
Title:  "Diary in Canada"
Date: 1880
Physical Description: 
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Whitman's diary from his trip to Canada in 1880. The diary is bound, the title page reading: "Walt Whitman/ Diary in Canada/ Original Manuscript/ 1880/ This Diary was Edited by/ Wm. Sloane Kennedy and/ Published in 1904/ by/ Maynard Small & Co./ Boston." William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks, (Walt Whitman: Daybooks and Notebooks, The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman, {New York: New York University Press, 1978}) noted a relationship between material in this notebook and the poem "The Pilot in the Mist."

Series: 2
Title: Family Papers
Date: 1852-92, undated
Series Description: The family papers include correspondence between family members that is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The series also includes a diary and miscellaneous items that belonged to George Whitman and are arranged by type of material.

Series: 3
Title: General Correspondence
Date: 1841-92, undated
Series Description: The general correspondence contains letters sent by Whitman and those he received. Other types of materials in the correspondence include postcards, telegrams, memoranda, and materials enclosed within correspondence. The items are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.

Box: 4
Folder: Buchanan, Robert. Apr. 1876-Jan 1877, & undated.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00499
Title:  "The Beauty of the Ship"
Date: 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A cancelled, early draft of "The Beauty of the Ship" written on the verso of an 1876 letter from Whitman to Robert Buchanan.

Box: 9
Folder: Doyle, Peter. Oct. 14, 1868.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00505
Title:  "[nor humility's book]"
Date: 1868
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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A draft of a poem on the verso of a 1868 letter to Peter Doyle. The poem has been published posthumously under the title "[Nor Humility's Book]."

Box: 16
Folder: Smith, Robert Pearsall. May 7, 1888.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00154
Title:  "[Life]"
Date: 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of an unpublished poem on the verso of a 1888 letter to Robert Pearsall Smith. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Series: 4
Title: Literary File
Date: 1841-1919, undated
Series Description: The literary series includes notes, outlines, trial lines, manuscript drafts, proofs and offprints, printed materials, correspondence and other items relating to Whitman's poems, books, speeches, lectures, and articles. The material has been split into distinct subseries based on the literary form.

Subseries: 1
Title: Books
Date: 1855-1919, undated
Subseries Description: Book materials include handwritten manuscripts drafts, notes, proofs, correspondence, printing and binding statements that are arranged by title. Also included are miscellaneous materials that relate to Whitman's publications, particularly Leaves of Grass

Box: 20
Folder: Democratic Vistas. Manuscript Draft. Original Draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00144
Title:  "[To What You Said]"
Date: about 1860
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Cancelled draft written in pencil on the verso of page 30 (Whitman's numbering) of a sixty-three page rough draft of Democratic Vistas. "[To What You Said]" bears a strong relationship to the "Calamus" poems that were composed between 1857-1860.

Box: 20
Folder: Good-Bye My Fancy. Manuscript. 1891.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.#####
Title:  Good-Bye My Fancy
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: about 56 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
The manuscript begins with 5 numbered pages containing Table of Contents, 79 pages of text numbered by Whitman, and additional sections lettered A, B, C, D, etc. To assemble the manuscript for the printer Whitman used proof sheets, newspaper clippings, etc., between manuscript pages, which were written mostly on paper fragments. "A Death Bouquet" was written on a typewriter and inserted as part of the manuscript. Throughout, innumerable changes, corrections, and directions for the printer appear. Also in this folder are a wrapper addressed to "Ferguson Bros. & Co; Printers, Phila.," two statements by Ferguson Bros. to Whitman, a statement dated May 18, 1891, by Grosscup and West, Phila. for the plates of Whitman's portrait to be included in the book (they had been ordered by Traubel), two trial title pages, and a proof portrait from the engraver. The poems included are: "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," "Lingering Last Drops," "Good-bye My Fancy," "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," "My 71st Year," "Apparitions," "The Pallid Wreath," "An Ended Day," "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," "To the Pending Year" (earlier title "To the Year 1889" crossed out), "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," "Long, Long Hence" (earlier title "Under These Poemets" crossed out), "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" (earlier title "Bravo, Paris Exhibition!" crossed out), "Interpolation Sounds," "To the Sun-Set Breeze," "Old Chants," "A Christmas Greeting," "Sounds of the Winter," "A Twilight Song," "When the Full-grown Poet Came," "Osceola," "A Voice from Death," "A Persian Lesson," "The Commonplace," "'The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete,'" "Mirages," "L. of G.'s Purport" (which includes three poems originally composed separately, "My task," "Death dogs my steps" , and "For us two, reader dear" ), "The Unexpress'd," "Grand is the Seen," "Unseen Buds," "Good-bye My Fancy!," "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," "Death's Valley," "After an Interval," "As in a Swoon," "L. of G.," and "After the Argument." Also included are several prose pieces.

Box: 20
Folder: Good-Bye My Fancy. First Proof Sheets.
Title:  Good-Bye My Fancy
Date: 1891
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Corrected first proof sheets of Good-Bye My Fancy, 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass published by David McKay in Philadelphia, 1891. The corrections throughout are in Whitman's hand and mostly concern typographical errors, punctuation and spelling changes, and directions for the printer. The poems included are: "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," "Lingering Last Drops," "Good-bye My Fancy," "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," "My 71st Year," "Apparitions," "The Pallid Wreath," "An Ended Day," "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," "To the Pending Year," "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," "Long, Long Hence," "Bravo, Paris Exposition!," "Interpolation Sounds," "To the Sun-Set Breeze," "Old Chants," "A Christmas Greeting," "Sounds of the Winter," "A Twilight Song," "When the Full-grown Poet Came," "Osceola," "A Voice from Death," "A Persian Lesson," "The Commonplace," "'The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete,'" "Mirages," "L. of G.'s Purport," "The Unexpress'd," "Grand is the Seen," "Unseen Buds," "Good-bye My Fancy!," "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," "After an Interval," "As in a Swoon," "L. of G.," "After the Argument," "Ship Ahoy!," and "For Us Two, Reader Dear." Also included are several prose pieces.

Box: 20
Folder: Good-bye My Fancy. Second Proof Sheets.
Title:  Good-Bye My Fancy
Date: 1891
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Corrected second proof sheets of Good-Bye My Fancy, 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass published by David McKay in Philadelphia, 1891. The corrections throughout are in Whitman's hand and mostly concern typographical errors, punctuation and spelling changes, and directions for the printer. The poems included are: "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," "Lingering Last Drops," "Good-bye My Fancy," "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," "My 71st Year," "Apparitions," "The Pallid Wreath," "An Ended Day," "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," "To the Pending Year," "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," "Long, Long Hence," "Bravo, Paris Exposition!," "Interpolation Sounds," "To the Sun-Set Breeze," "Old Chants," "As in a Swoon," "L. of G.," "After the Argument," and "For Us Two, Reader Dear." Also included are several prose pieces.

Box: 20
Folder: Good-Bye My Fancy. Proof Sheets. Miscellany
Title:  Good-Bye My Fancy
Date: 1891
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Corrected proofs of pages from Good-Bye My Fancy, published in 1891, including the poems "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," "Lingering Last Drops," "Good-bye My Fancy," "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," "My 71st Year," "Apparitions," "The Pallid Wreath," "An Ended Day," "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," "To the Pending Year," "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," "Long, Long Hence," "Bravo, Paris Exposition!," "Interpolation Sounds," "To the Sun-Set Breeze," "Old Chants," "A Christmas Greeting," "Sounds of the Winter," "A Twilight Song," "When the Full-grown Poet Came," "Osceola," "A Voice from Death," "A Persian Lesson," "The Commonplace," "'The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete,'" "Mirages," "L. of G.'s Purport" (which includes the poem "For us two, reader dear" ), "The Unexpress'd," "Grand is the Seen," "Unseen Buds," "Good-bye My Fancy!," "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," "Ship Ahoy!," and "Death's Valley."

Box: 20
Folder: L of G (1855). Manuscript Page.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00507
Title:  "[The wild gander leads]"
Date: about 1855
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A one-page handwritten draft of a portion of "Song of Myself," which was published first in 1855. These lines eventually became section 14 and the beginning of section 15 in the so-called Deathbed Edition of Leaves of Grass. On the verso is a long list of words.

Box: 21
Folder: L of G (1871). Page Proofs.
Title:  Leaves of Grass
Date: 1871
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Plate proof of the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass with some corrections in Whitman's hand.

Box: 21
Folder: L of G (1871). Plate Proofs.
Title:  Leaves of Grass
Date: 1871
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Plate proof of the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass with a few corrections in Whitman's hand.

Box: 22
Folder: L of G (1888). Page Proofs--Sands at Seventy
Title:  Sands at Seventy
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: about 10 leaves, 28.5 x 19.7 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Proof of Sands at Seventy with some notes in Whitman's hand and in another, unidentified hand. The notes mostly regard pagination and the insertion of the poem "Old Age's Lambent Peaks."

Box: 23
Folder: November Boughs, Galley Proofs
Title:  November Boughs
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: about 41 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Seventy-nine pages of galley proofs of November Boughs, first published in 1888, with numerous corrections. Also included are a title page and two different title page proofs.

Box: 23
Folder: Passage to India. Page Proofs.
Title:  Passage to India
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Page proofs of Walt Whitman's book of 1871, Passage to India, with several (mostly minor) corrections in Whitman's hand.

Subseries: 2
Title: Poetry
Date: 1842-1892, undated
Subseries Description: The poetry subseries contains trial lines and titles , handwritten manuscript drafts, proofs and offprints, and related printed matter arranged alphabetically by title.

Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Facsimile.
Title:  "[After all]"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
One-page facsimile of Whitman's manuscript. Publication information printed in lower left-hand corner reads: "Whitman series: 1. Copyright, 1913, by Horace Traubel and Albert Boni." The lines resemble passages later published in the poem "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. That poem was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00380
Title:  "Come, Muse, migrate from Greece and Ionia"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
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Four pages of lines later revised and included in "After All, Not to Create Only," first published 1871. That poem was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00381
Title:  "[The trilogy]"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: about 50 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Several notes and drafts with an unknown relationship to one another, but all, at least thematically, resembling the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871 (later published as "Song of the Exposition" ). The pages include trial lines for the poem, as well as notes which seem to indicate general ambitions and themes of the work. Within these pages, other trial titles of the poem are also included: "After all, not to command only," "After all, not to create but to obey," and "After all, not to create or destroy only."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.#####
Title:  "After all, not to create only"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 30 leaves, largest 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Bound manuscript of "After all, not to create only." Although the manuscript contains many revisions, it appears to be relatively near the final draft. Whitman wrote this poem following a request by the Committee on Invitations of the American Institute to deliver an original poem at the opening of the Fortieth Annual Exhibition. "After All, Not to Create Only" was first published in 1871. It was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00383
Title:  "Come, Muse, migrate from Greece and Ionia"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 10 leaves, largest 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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This draft, relatively clean, comes after a bound manuscript of "After all, not to create only" and before a piece of brown paper, which reads "Piece for the American Institute." This poem was later incorporated into "After All, Not to Create Only," first published in 1871. That poem was later revised and title changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Proof Sheets
Title:  "After All, Not to Create Only"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: both 11 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Two copies of proofs sheets, both with caption title at head: "Office American Institute, New York." Printed by Pearson, Washington. Only one correction made to the first proof. "After All, Not to Create Only" was first published in 1871. It was later revised and the title was changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Title:  "After All, Not to Create Only"
Date: 1871
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Bound copy of the poem, sent to "Dr. R. M. Bucke, Asylum, London, Ontario, Canada." Title page reads, in Whitman's hand, "After All, Not to Create Only, by Walt Whitman Office, American Institute, New York City, 1871." Contains 10 illustrations and proofs of poem. "After All, Not to Create Only"" was first published in 1871. The poem was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."

Box: 26
Folder: After An Interval (1875). Proof Sheet
Title:  "After an Interval"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Clipped proof sheet of "After an Interval," first published in 1876. No annotations on sheet.

Box: 26
Folder: After the Argument (1891). A.MS.S. draft
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00001
Title:  "After the Argument"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 9.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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A draft of "After the Argument." The poem was published first in Lippincott's Magazine, March, 1891.

Box: 26
Folder: After the Dazzle of Day (1888). A.MS. draft
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00002
Title:  "After the Dazzle of Day"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 14 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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This four-line verse was first published in the New York Herald, February 3, 1888. In the lower right-hand corner is the notation: "For Francis Howard Williams, May 1896, Traubel."

Box: 26
Folder: After the Sea-Ship (1874). Proof Sheets
Title:  "After the Sea-Ship"
Date: about 1874
Two clipped proof sheets of "After the Sea-Ship." No annotations on sheets. This poem was first published as "In the Wake Following" in 1874 and was also known as "Waves in the Vessel's Wake" in early drafts.

Box: 26
Folder: After the Supper and Talk (1888). A.MS. drafts
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00004
Title:  "After the Supper and Talk"
Date: 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 25.5 cm, handwritten
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Signed draft of the poem, which was first published in 1887. On the verso is a proof sheet from "After All, Not to Create Only" with one correction.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00003
Title:  "So Loth to Depart!"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Draft of poem later revised and published as "After the Supper and Talk" in 1887. On verso detached from Leaves of Grass, part of "Poem of Joys," first published in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, and later published as "A Song of Joys." The title "Poem of Joys" is in Whitman's hand.

Box: 26
Folder: After the Supper and talk (1887). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00175
Title:  "After the Supper and Talk"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A proof of "After the Supper and Talk," with corrections (all punctuation) in ink and two words written in purple pencil: "30 Copies." This poem was published first in 1887.

Box: 26
Folder: After Twenty Years (1888). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00176
Title:  "After Twenty Years"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.5 x 15.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in ink at the top of a proof of "After Twenty Years," a twelve-line poem, with a printed signature, the title having "After" cancelled, six words: "From the English Magazine of Art." This poem was published under the title "Twenty Years" in 1888.

Box: 26
Folder: Ah, Not This Granite Dead and Cold (1885). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00067
Title:  "Ah, Not This Granite Dead and Cold"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 24.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Proof with Whitman's holograph corrections. Published first under this title in 1885. Later published as "Washington's Monument, February, 1885." Folder also contains two copies of an uncorrected, final proof.

Box: 26
Folder: Ambition (Jan. 29, 1842). Printed Copies.
Title:  "Ambition"
Date: January 29, 1842
Two copies of the periodical Brother Jonathan, containing Whitman's poem "Ambition."

Box: 26
Folder: America (1888). A.MS. Draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00006
Title:  "America"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Despite the title, this manuscript does not appear to be a draft of the poem, "America," published in 1888, but it has been published separately and posthumously as "[America]" and begins "No Homer, Shakspere, Voltaire." This manuscript was likely composed in the last two decades of Whitman's career (roughly 1870-1892) when he was more apt to mention other writers explicitly in his poetry.

Box: 26
Folder: America to Old World Bards (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00047
Title:  "America to Old World Bards"
Date: 1890-1891
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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Written in ink on the inside of four discarded envelopes, one letter, and a sheet made by pasting together the insides of three discarded envelopes (all sent to Whitman in September and October 1890), entitled "America to Old-World Bards: A reminiscence from reading Walter Scott," published as "Old Chants" in 1891.

Box: 26
Folder: As In A Swoon. Proof.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00177
Title:  "As in a Swoon"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 6.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A proof pasted on another sheet of paper, with seven words in Whitman's hand: "Walt Whitman, (discarded from last booklet.)" "As in a Swoon" was published first in 1876.

Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors (1885). Printed Copy—Camden Post, May 15, 1885.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00178
Title:  "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors"
Date: May 15, 1885
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 54.5 x 36 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming Box: 26
A page of The Post, Camden, N.J., 15 May 1885. Written in pencil in the margin at the top of front page are five words in Whitman's hand: "As one by one Withdraw." The Library of Congress's description of the item mentions that page three of the newspaper includes a reprint from Harper's Weekly of "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors" ; however, only one leaf is currently in the folder. "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors" was later published as "Death of General Grant."

Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors. Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00179
Title:  "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in pencil at the bottom of a proof of "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors," a thirteen-line poem on President Grant's death, with a printed signature, four words: "Harper's Weekly, May 16." On the verso in another hand is "tr Nov 20 1885." Pasted on the verso is a small piece of paper, 5.25 x 10.75 cm, on which is written: "This fragment of Whitman's, Mr. (John) Burroughs sent me recently, with a lot of old papers & letters. As it has a memorandum in WW's hand, I know you will like to have it. C(lara).B(arrus)." This poem, published first in 1885, was also published as "Death of General Grant."

Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors. Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00180
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00492
Title:  "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Four proofs of the thirteen-line poem, "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors," first published in 1885, later published as "Death of General Grant" : 1) without printed signature; 2) with signature written in Whitman's hand; 3) with printed signature; and 4) with notation beside printed signature that it was to be moved to the left and, to be inserted, three words: "in Harper's Weekly."

Box: 26
Folder: As The Greek's Signal Flame (1887). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00493
Title:  "As the Greek's Signal Flame"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 2 p., 12 x 15.25 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in ink at the top of a proof of "As the Greek's Signal Flame" (subheaded "For Whittier's 80th birth-day, December 17th, 1887"), a seven-line poem, with a printed signature, nine words: "If convenient put in paper of Saturday Dec. 17." Another copy of the same proof, with no annotations.

Box: 26
Folder: Ashes of Roses. A.MS. drafts and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00050
Title:  "Ashes of Roses"
Date: about 1870
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 23.5 x 13.5 and 10 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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Poem draft, parts of which have been printed as "? Ashes of Roses." The manuscript may bear a relationship to "Ashes of Soldiers," a poem published first in 1865 as "Hymn of Dead Soldiers" in Drum-Taps. It was only in 1871 that Whitman added the imagery of ashes to this poem. The manuscript was likely composed around 1870-1871, when Whitman was revising and expanding the poem for republication. Alternatively, the manuscript may be a draft of a unique poetic work unpublished in Whitman's lifetime.

Box: 26
Folder: Autumn Rivulets (1881). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00238
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00181
Title:  "Autumn Rivulets"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Written in ink at the bottom of a proof of "Old War-Dreams," four words: "Walt Whitman's New Book." Accompanying is a collection of proofs of "Autumn Rivulets," with cancelled title "As Consequent, Etc." without any other markings or annotations. The poems included are: "From Far Dakota's Canons," "A Farm Picture," "What Best I See on Thee" (U.S. Grant), "The Sobbing of the Bells," "Italian Music in Dakota," "By Broad Potomac's Shore," "Excelsior," "With All thy Gifts," "To Rich Givers" "The Dalliance of the Eagles," "Tears," "After the Sea-Ship," "Aboard at a Ship's Helm," and "Thick-Sprinkled Bunting." "Autumn Rivulets" was published first in 1881.

Box: 26
Folder: Bardic Symbols (Apr. 1860). Printed Copies
Title:  "Bardic Symbols"
Date: April, 1860
Portions of two copies of The Atlantic Monthly containing Whitman's poem "Bardic Symbols." The poem appeared in revised forms and with different titles throughout Whitman's career. In the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, it was known as "Leaves of Grass, Number 1" ; in the 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass it was titled "Elemental Drifts" ; and, in the 1881-1882 edition, the title was again changed to "As I Ebb'd With the Ocean of Life."

Box: 26
Folder: Beat! Beat! Drums! (1861). A. MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00051
Title:  "[Beat! Beat! Drums!]"
Date: 1860-1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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One leaf with a draft of the first stanza of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" , first published simultaneously in Harper's Weekly and in the New York Leader on September 28, 1861. On the verso are lines on the death of President Lincoln, known as "[Thou West that gave'st him to us]" and first published in a Facsimile Edition of Drum-Taps in 1959. (Note: Early cataloguers incorrectly identified this fragment as part of "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." )

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00052
Title:  "[sorrow]"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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A list of about ninety words expressing sorrow. These words were evidently used as Whitman composed "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," first published in 1865.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00054
Title:  "[Ashes of ?soldiers heroes]"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Draft of lines which bear a relationship to "Ashes of Soldiers," first published in 1865. On the second leaf is a one line reading "The Soul of their Ashes risen." This manuscript was likely composed around 1870-1871, when Whitman was revising and expanding the poem for republication. This manuscript appears to be a draft of the first two linegroups of "Ashes of Soldiers." These linegroups were added in 1871 to a poem first published as "Hymn of Dead Soldiers" in Drum-Taps (1865). It was only in 1871 that he added the imagery of ashes to this poem.

Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00056
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exhibition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 27.5 cm, handwritten
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A draft of the poem published as "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" in 1889, with a diagonal line striking through the entire page.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00057
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exhibition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 27.5 cm, handwritten
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Signed draft of a poem with a variation in line 1 from the printed version. On the verso, written in pencil: "Can you use this? Put it under the "Personal" head like you did a year ago? "The price is $10, which please send me by mail here." In ink is the start of another sentence: "If you don't want it." The poem was published under the title "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" in 1889.

Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00058
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exposition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00059
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exposition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00060
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exposition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. At the top is a note reading "See notes, Oct 31, '89." "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00061
Title:  "Bravo, Paris Exposition!"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. At the top is a note in Traubel's hand: "Rec'd from W.W. Sept 30, '89". "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.

Box: 26
Folder: Brother of All, With Generous Hand (Jan. 1870). Printed copy.
Title:  "Brother of All, With Generous Hand"
Date: January, 1870
Part of a copy of The Galaxy, containing Whitman's poem, "Brother of All, With Generous Hand." The poem was later titled "Outlines for a Tomb."

Box: 26
Folder: The Buried Army (After Sept. 1885). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00108
Title:  "The Buried Army"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Trial lines, possibly for "A Twilight Song," first published in 1890and subtitled "For unknown buried soldiers, North and South."

Box: 26
Folder: By Broad Potomac's Shore (1876). Proof.
Title:  "By Broad Potomac's Shore"
Date: about 1872
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Proof of "By Broad Potomac's Shore," first published in 1872, with no annotations on sheet.

Box: 26
Folder: By Day the Distant Shadowy Sails (1883). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00009
Title:  "[By day the distant]"
Date: October, 1883
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 17 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Lines that likely constitute an early draft of "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!" , a poem published first in Harper's Monthly, March, 1884

Box: 26
Folder: By Thine Own Lips, O Sea (1883). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00012
Title:  "By Thine Own Lips, O Sea"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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An early draft of the poem published in Harper's Monthly, March, 1884, as "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!"

Box: 26
Folder: A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine (1888). Proof Sheets and note.
Title:  "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 2 leaves
Images: forthcoming
Proof sheet with printed signature; proof sheet without printed signature. "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine" was first published in 1888.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00016
Title:  "[Carols at Seventy]"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 24 cm, handwritten
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Several trial titles for "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine," first published in the New York Herald on 21 May 1888 and reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass the same year.

Box: 26
Folder: A Carol of Harvest, for 1867 (1867). Printed copies.
Title:  "A Carol of Harvest, for 1867"
Date: 1867
Three printed copies of "A Carol of Harvest, for 1867" with assorted other pages from The Galaxy. This poem was later published as "The Return of the Heroes."

Box: 26
Folder: Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00075
Title:  "Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation"
Date: between 1882-1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Written in ink on the verso of a discarded letter (cancelled by a diagonal strike) from Talcott Williams, this draft appears to be trial lines for the poem later published as "Continuities" in the New York Herald, March 20, 1888.

Box: 26
Folder: Children of Adam. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00035
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00036
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00037
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00038
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00039
Title:  "[I do not relegate you]"
Date: between 1850-1860
Physical Description: 5 leaves, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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On these pages are some lines that would later emerge in "Poem of Procreation" in 1856 (later known as "A Woman Waits for Me" ). Portions appear to be trial lines for a poem entitled "Pictures" published posthumously, first in 1925. Other lines have an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work.

Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00007
Title:  "A Christmas Greeting"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 23.5 cm, handwritten
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This manuscript of "A Christmas Greeting" was apparently intended for the printer, as there are few alterations. In right hand corner is notation in red: "if convenient let me have proof by noon." In left hand corner (in pencil) is the name "Horace Traubel." The poem was first published in 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00008
Title:  "[A North Star]"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Written in pencil on a tan piece of paper cut from a larger sheet, 130 words with the title "A North Star [page torn] South." The poem was later revised and titled "A Christmas Greeting" and published in 1889.

Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00010
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00011
Title:  "A Christmas Greeting"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 13.5 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in ink on first proof of "A Christmas Greeting," are several corrections. Proofs two and three have a notation by Traubel: "See notes 1/29/90." The third proof has three emendations. A fourth proof is unmarked.

Box: 26
Folder: A Clear Midnight (1881). A.MS. Draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00062
Title:  "A Clear Midnight"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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A draft of "A Clear Midnight" , written on the reverse of a letter from "A. Williams" dated December 2, 1880. The poem was first published in 1881.

Box: 26
Folder: Come, said my Soul… Proof with signature.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00183
Title:  "Come, Said My Soul"
Date: 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Signed proof page with no annotations. On verso reads "Copyright 1881, By Walt Whitman, All rights reserved"

Box: 26
Folder: The Commonplace (1891). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00076
Title:  "The Commonplace"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 27 x 19 cm, handwritten
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On one side is a draft of "The Commonplace" , which was first published in manuscript facsimile in 1891. On the other side is a cancelled early draft of "Osceola," a poem first published in 1890.

Box: 26
Folder: The Commonplace (Mar. 1891). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04077
Title:  "The Commonplace"
Date: March, 1891
A copy of the March, 1891, issue of Munson's Magazine, which includes, in manuscript facsimile, "The Commonplace."

Box: 26
Folder: The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00023
Title:  "The Dalliance of the Eagles"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21.5 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Made by pasting together six scraps of paper (back of a discarded envelope from Geo. S. Woodhull and Son, Law Offices, Camden, postmarked Apr 6; back of a discarded letter, dated New York, March 29, 1880, and other scraps), a late draft of the poem, "The Dalliance of the Eagles," about 120 words, showing a few minor variations from the published version. The poem was published first in 1880.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00132
Title:  "[Skirting the river]"
Date: 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Lines later revised and published as "The Dalliance of the Eagles" in 1880.

Box: 26
Folder: The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "The Dalliance of the Eagles"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 3 leaves
Images: forthcoming
Three proofs, two of which also have "Ah, little knows the Laborer" (later appearing in a revised form as the first three lines of "Song of the Exposition" ), and one of which also contains a proof of the poem "Hast never come to thee an hour?"

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00184
Title:  "The Dalliance of the Eagles"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25.8 x 18.6 cm, handwritten
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Written in ink on a proof of "The Dalliance of the Eagles," "Ah, little knows the Laborer," "Hast never come to thee an hour?," and "My Picture-Gallery," are 14 words of notations in Whitman's hand. The proof has been pasted to a heavy piece of paper, on the verso of which is "A Riddle Song," part of "Italian Music in Dakota," and a clipped headline reading "The Society Articles Save Labor. Lighten the Labor for Mother."

Box: 26
Folder: The Dead Tenor (1884). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00185
Title:  "The Dead Tenor"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 24 x 15 cm, 10.5 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in pencil on a small page from a notebook, on which is pasted a clipping from a newspaper about the funeral of Signor Brignoli and the reaction of Patti, pinned to an unmarked proof of "The Dead Tenor," thirty words: "I heard the earliest singing of Patti, (in 1860 if I remember right)—heard her many times, Brignoli sang with her at her first appearance in NY in 1859." The poem was first published in 1884.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00186
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00497
Title:  "The Dead Tenor"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 21 x 15 cm, 20.5 x 15.25 cm, 24.25 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Four proofs of "The Dead Tenor," two with notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The other two have no annotations. The poem was first published in 1884.

Box: 26
Folder: A Death-Bouquet (1890). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00187
Title:  "A Death-Bouquet"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
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A five-line draft of a poem, entitled "A Death-Bouquet," which was never published and has an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work. A subtitle reads "Fresh pick'd noon time early January, 1890, By Walt Whitman." These lines bear some relation to Whitman's brief essay of the same name.

Box: 26
Folder: Death Dogs My Steps (1890). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00120
Title:  "Death Dogs My Steps"
Date: about March 3, 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Draft of "Death Dogs My Steps" written in ink on the inside of a discarded and opened out envelope, addressed to Whitman from England, mailed in London February 21, 1890 and postmarked received in Camden March 3, 1890. The three lines later appeared as part of "L. of G.'s Purport," first published in 1891.

Box: 26
Folder: Death of the Nature-Lover (1843). Printed Copy—Brother Jonathan, Mar. 11, 1843.
Title:  "Death of the Nature-Lover"
Date: March 11, 1843
A copy of Brother Jonathan, vol. 4, no. 10 (March 11, 1843), with Whitman's poem "Death of the Nature-Lover" printed on page 290.

Box: 26
Folder: Death's Valley (1889). A.MS. drafts and printed copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04670
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04087
Title:  "Death's Valley (To accompany a picture; by request)"
Date: 1892
Pages detached from Harper's Magazine, vol. 84, no. 503 (April 1892), including Walt Whitman's portrait sketch by J.W. Alexander, the poem "Death's Valley (To accompany a picture; by request)" and an engraved reproduction of George Inness's painting "The Valley of the Shadow of Death." Also included is a letter to Whitman from H.M. Alden, editor of Harper's Magazine, dated August 30, 1889, requesting a poem to accompany Closson's engraving of Inness's painting. With the letter is a proof of the engraving.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00107
Title:  "[Aye, well I know 'tis ghastly to descend]"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Eight lines evidently written originally as part of "Death's Valley," which was published first in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1892. The stanza later was slightly revised and published as "On the Same Picture" (the title was probably supplied by Traubel) in 1897.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00189
Title:  "Death's Valley"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A heavily marked-up draft of "Death's Valley," a poem requested by Harper's Magazine and submitted in 1889, but not published until 1892.

Box: 26
Folder: Death's Valley (1889). Proof Sheet
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00188
Title:  "Ship Ahoy!"
Date: between 1891-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Two proof pages, with several notes by Traubel in the margins. The poems included on the pages are: "Ship Ahoy!" , "Death's Valley," "For us two, reader dear," and "For Queen Victoria's Birthday." "Death's Valley" was first published in 1892; the other poems were published first in 1891.

Box: 26
Folder: Decoration Day. A.MS. draft
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00190
Title:  "[Lay on the graves of all dead soldiers]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Trial lines for a poem published posthumously as "[Decoration Day]," a phrase underlined near the bottom of the page. The lines bear a resemblance to "Ashes of Soldiers," though that poem was published in 1865 and the United States did not declare Decoration Day an official holiday until 1868, suggesting that this manuscript was probably composed later. Notes in a hand other than Whitman's appear on the reverse.

Box: 26
Folder: The Dismantled Ship (1888). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00191
Title:  "The Dismantled Ship"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of "The Dismantled Ship," first published in 1888, written on the inside of an opened envelope (postmark date unclear). At the bottom of the page in a note in Whitman's hand: "probably printed in Herald 19th Feb. '88."

Box: 26
Folder: Down, Down, Proud Gorge. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00192
Title:  "Down, down, proud gorge"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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A draft of a poem titled "Down, down, proud gorge" . At the bottom of the same leaf is another draft of a poem entitled "Are they last words?" These drafts were later greatly revised and published in 1889 with the title "To the Year 1889." It was later re-titled "To the Pending Year."

Box: 26
Folder: The Dying Veteran (1887). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00193
Title:  "The Dying Veteran"
Date: June 23, 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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A dated, signed draft of "The Dying Veteran," first published in 1887. A note at end reads: "Given to Thomas Mosher by Horace Traubel, 1900." On verso of the page is a note by Whitman to "Mr. Curtz" (type setter) asking for a finished proof by the middle of the afternoon, Wednesday.

Box: 26
Folder: The Dying Veteran (1887). Proof Sheet.
Title:  "The Dying Veteran"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
A proof of "The Dying Veteran," first published in 1887, with a note by Traubel.

Box: 26
Folder: Each Claim, ideal, Line… A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00194
Title:  "[Each claim, ideal, line]"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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This draft appears to be trial lines for the poems "L. of G.'s Purport" and "L of G," both published in 1891. Near the middle of the page appear three underlined words, "These pages past," but whether or not they were intended as a title is unclear.

Box: 26
Folder: Ebb and Flood Tides A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00195
Title:  "Ebb and Flood Tides"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 24.25 cm, handwritten
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An unpublished poem written in ink on a pale tan piece of paper, heavily corrected.

Box: 26
Folder: The Epos of a Life… A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00196
Title:  "[The Epos of a Life]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 13.75 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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An unpublished poem written on a piece of lined stationery.

Box: 26
Folder: Excelsior (1856). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Excelsior"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 3 leaves
Images: forthcoming
Three proof sheets of "Excelsior" with no annotations on them. This poem was first published in 1856 under the title "Poem of the Heart of The Son of Manhattan Island." In 1860 it appeared as "Chants Democratic No. 15." It did not have the title "Excelsior" until 1867. The proofs show a version of the poem that was not published until the 1881-82 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Box: 27
Folder: Fancies at Navesink (Aug. 1885). Nineteenth Century. Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04089
Title:  "Fancies at Navesink"
Date: August, 1885
A copy of the periodical Nineteenth Century, No. 102, August, 1885, containing Whitman's group of eight poems "Fancies at Navesink." The poems in this cluster are: "The Pilot in the Mist," "Had I the Choice," "You Tides with Ceaseless Swell," "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning," "Proudly the Flood Comes In," "By That Long Scan of Waves," and "Then Last of All." In this publication, the poems "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning" and "And Yet Not You Alone" are not separated, and "And Yet Not You Alone" appears as the final stanza of the first poem.

Box: 27
Folder: Fancies at Navesink (1885). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00327
Title:  "Fancies at Navesink"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 48 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Three copies of an oversized proof of "Fancies at Navesink," a group of poems first published in 1885. The poems in this cluster are: "The Pilot in the Mist," "Had I the Choice," "You Tides with Ceaseless Swell," "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning," "Proudly the Flood Comes In," "By That Long Scan of Waves," and "Then Last of All." In these proofs, the poems "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning" and "And Yet Not You Alone" are not separated, and "And Yet Not You Alone" appears as the final stanza of the first poem. The proofs have no editorial corrections, but one is signed by Whitman and another contains a note in another hand reading, "from the papers of Walt Whitman given to Mosher by Traubel 1906."

Box: 27
Folder: A Farm Picture (1865). Proof.
Title:  "A Farm Picture"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
A proof of "A Farm Picture," first published in this form in 1871. No annotations on the sheet.

Box: 27
Folder: A Flash of Love (1889). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00197
Title:  "[A flash of love]"
Date: between 1889-1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 19 cm, handwritten
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A two-line draft written on the back of an envelope from F. Gutekunst's Imperial Photograph Galleries, with a note by Whitman on front that reads "head and bust WW, taken 1889, fairly good." "[A flash of love]" would later appear in a revised form in "A Twilight Song," first published in 1890.

Box: 27
Folder: For Queen Victoria's Birthday (1890). Proof Sheets
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00198
Title:  "For Queen Victoria's Birthday"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 24 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Two copies of proofs of "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," one with correction and note in Whitman's hand, the other with no annotations in Whitman's hand but with a notation by Horace Traubel at the bottom.

Box: 27
Folder: For Queen Victoria's Birthday (May 24, 1890). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04091
Title:  "For Queen Victoria's Birthday"
Date: May 24, 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A copy of The Critic (May 24, 1890) containing Whitman's poem "For Queen Victoria's Birthday" on page 262.

Box: 27
Folder: From Far Dakota's Canons (1876). A.MS.S. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00121
Title:  "[There in the far northwest]"
Date: 1876
Physical Description: 10 p., 20 x 12 cm, 11.5 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Apparently, two versions of a poem about the death of Custer. On the verso of one of the pages is "A Death Sonnet," and on another is "A Death Sonnet for Custer." The poem was published in June 10, 1876 as "A Death Sonnet for Custer."

Box: 27
Folder: From Far Dakota's Cañons (1876). Proof.
Title:  "Far From Dakota's Cañons"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
A proof with no annotations. "From Far Dakota's Cañons" was published first as "A Death Sonnet for Custer" in 1876. It was given the new title in 1881.

Box: 27
Folder: From My Last Years (1876). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00199
Title:  "From My Last Years"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23.75 x 13.75 cm, handwritten
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A draft of "From My Last Years" written in ink on a sheet of stationery, with three lines crossed out with a blue pencil and one of the correctons in blue pencil. "From My Last Years" was published only once, in Two Rivulets, 1876.

Box: 27
Folder: From My Last Years (1876). Printed Copies
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04092
Title:  "From My Last Years"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 5 x 13.25 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Written in pencil on a scrap of paper cut from the bottom of a larger sheet to which has been attached a clipping of the poem, "From My Last Years," with corrections in the margin. The poem was published only in Two Rivulets, 1876, without these corrections.

Box: 27
Folder: Funeral Sounds (1888). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00200
Title:  "[Funeral Sounds]"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Early draft of a poem that was first published as "Over and Through the Burial Chant" in 1888. It was later published with the title "Interpolation Sounds." The poem was written on the occassion of General Philip Sheridan's death in 1888.

Box: 27
Folder: Going Somewhere (1887). Proof Sheets
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00201
Title:  "Going Somewhere"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 15 x 16 cm, 15.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Three proofs of "'Going Somewhere,'" first published in 1887. One of the proofs has corrections and a note in Whitman's hand.

Box: 27
Folder: Halcyon Days (1888). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Halcyon Days"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 17.5 x 15 cm
Images: forthcoming
Four copies of a proof of "Halcyon Days," first published in 1888. No annotations on the sheets.

Box: 27
Folder: I Saw Old General at Bay (1865). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00202
Title:  "I Saw Old General at Bay"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of "I Saw Old General at Bay," first published in 1865.

Box: 27
Folder: If I Should Need to Name, O Western World (1884). A.MS. draft and printer's instructions.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00203
Title:  "If I should need to name, O Western World!"
Date: October 25, 1884
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 26 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Draft of "If I Should Need to Name, O Western World!" , first published in the Philadelphia Press on October 26, 1884 and later published with the title "Election Day, November, 1884."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00203
Title:  "[to go in Sunday's paper Oct 26]"
Date: October 25, 1884
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 6.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A small note accompanying a manuscript of "If I Should Need to Name, O Western World" with printing instructions probably for the Philadelphia Press, who published the poem on October 26, 1884.

Box: 27
Folder: If I Should Need to Name, O Western World (1884). Printed Copy—Camden "Post," Oct. 28, 1884.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04095
Title:  "If I Should Need To Name, O Western World"
Date: October 28, 1884
Physical Description: # leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Clipped copy of "If I Should Need to Name, O Western World" from the Camden, New Jersey, Post, October 28, 1884, with a note in Whitman's hand. This poem was later published with the title "Election Day, November, 1884."

Box: 27
Folder: I'll Trace This Garden. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00204
Title:  "[I'll trace this garden oer and oer]"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Written in ink on letterhead from the Attorney General's Office, where Whitman was first employed on July 1, 1865, is a transcription beginning "[I'll trace this garden oer and oer]." This is Whitman's transcription, probably from memory, of "Johnny's Gone for a Soldier," a ballad popular during the American Revolution and based on the an Irish ballad entitled "Shule Agra."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00205
Title:  "[If the red slayer think he slays]"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
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This is a transcription of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Brahma." Written in ink on letterhead from the Attorney General's Office, where Whitman was first employed on July 1, 1865.

Box: 27
Folder: Italian Music in Dakota (1881). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Italian Music in Dakota"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 2 leaves
Images: forthcoming
Two proof sheets of "Italian Music in Dakota," first published in 1881. One proof includes Whitman's printed name, the other does not. No editorial marks on the pages.

Box: 27
Folder: Kentucky (1861). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00206
Title:  "Kentucky"
Date: about 1861
Physical Description: 6 leaves, 11.5 x 18.5 cm to 19.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
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An unfinished poem, entitled "Kentucky," the title given three times, with "By Walt Whitman" on one of the pages. On the verso of one of the pages is a fragment on the Mississippi River, which editors (beginning with James E. Miller, Jr.) have included as the last stanza of "Kentucky." On the verso of another page is a cancelled portion of a letter about Jesse Whitman's employment, from which the manuscript can be dated 1861.

Box: 27
Folder: A Kiss to the Bride (May 21, 1874?). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00207
Title:  "A Kiss to the Bride"
Date: May, 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 10 cm, handwritten
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A clipped copy of the poem "A Kiss to the Bride" pasted on a larger sheet with a note in Whitman's hand reading, "Marriage of Nelly Grant, (Mrs. Sartoris) the President's daughter, May 2nd, 1874." The poem was first published in the New York Daily Graphic, May 21, 1874 and again two days later, and this clipping may be from that publication.

Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00208
Title:  "Recapitulation"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "Last Words" and "The last." The draft was written on the back of an opened envelope from W. F. Woodruff.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00209
Title:  "Last Words"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from Josephine B. Kirtland.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00210
Title:  "Last words"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a opened envelope from S. S. McClure postmarked December 8, 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00211
Title:  "The last"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "Last Words" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from R. M. Bucke, dated December 3, 1889.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00212
Title:  "? Last Words"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from D. H. Kenaga, dated April 9, 1889.

Box: 27
Folder: Life and Death (1888). A. MS. Draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00213
Title:  "Life and Death"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A draft of "Life and Death," first published in 1888.

Box: 27
Folder: Mannahatta (1888). Newspaper Clipping.
Title:  "Mannahatta"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A newspaper clipping of the poem "Mannahatta" on a larger page with corrections and notes in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1888.

Box: 27
Folder: Memories (1888). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00215
Title:  "Memories"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 16 cm, handwritten
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A nearly final draft of the poem "Memories," first published in 1888.

Box: 27
Folder: Meteors (1853). A. MS. draft
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00216
Title:  "[And here is the great Meteor]"
Date: between 1850-1860
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 25 x 18 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4 
A draft of an unpublished poem, part of which has been connected to the unpublished poem "Pictures." The relationship to Whitman's published verse is unknown.

Box: 27
Folder: My 70th Year (1888). A. MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00217
Title:  "My Seventieth Year"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of a poem later revised and published under the title "Queries to My Seventieth Year" in 1888.

Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (Nov. 1889). Printed copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04098
Title:  "My 71st Year"
Date: November, 1889
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Two copies of the November, 1889 issue of The Century Magazine, (one full, one partial) which included Whitman's poem "My 71st Year." There are a few small notes, probably in Whitman's hand, which read "Nov 1889" and "Mark Twain" (Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is also serialized in this issue).

Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00218
Title:  "My 71st Year"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.75 x 20.25 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A proof sheet printed on the verso of a page titled "Principles of the Republican and Democratic Parties" with multiple corrections and notations in Whitman's hand. "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.

Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00340
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02503
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02504
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02505
Title:  "My 71st Year"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Four proof sheets of "My 71st Year" noting the same revisions (though the handwriting varies). Three also contain a note at the bottom reading "Century Nov. '89" and another has a note by Traubel reading "see notes, Oct. 31, 1889." "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.

Box: 27
Folder: My Task (1891). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00219
Title:  "My Task"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
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Manuscripts of the following four poems, written neatly with slight corrections: "My task," "L of G's Purport," "Death dogs my steps," and "For us two, reader dear." All of the verses except "For us two, reader dear" were fused together and published as one poem entitled "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891.

Box: 27
Folder: The Mystic Cipher. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00220
Title:  "The Mystic Cipher"
Date: 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 9.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of a poem later revised and published as "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher" in 1887.

Box: 27
Folder: Mystic Trumpeter (1872). A.MS. draft and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00221
Title:  "[Hark! some wild trumpeter —]"
Date: between 1871-1872
Physical Description: 21 leaves, largest 37.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Held together loosely by a cover onto which a scrap of paper was pasted as label, inscribed by Walt Whitman: "Hark! some wild trumpeter —." On verso of cover: "Advertising book of the Daily Freeman." At head in Whitman's hand: "Original rough draught and Memoranda of Mystic Trumpeter." Three pages of memoranda consist of trial lines and lists of words to be used in the poem. The first page is signed by Whitman. Mostly writen in ink on versos of Department of Justice stationery. Many corrections in pencil, indelible pencil, or red ink. "The Mystic Trumpeter" was first published in 1872.

Box: 27
Folder: The Mystic Trumpeter (1873). Printed copies in Hungarian
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04187
Title:  "The mystic Trumpeter"
Date: January 19, 1873
A copy of the Budapest newspaper Fovarosi Lapok of January 19, 1873 containing Whitman's poem "The Mystic Trumpeter" (in translation) and an interview by Liptay Pal titled "Egy amerikai kolto" (translated: "An American Poet"). Also included is a translation of the interview into English done by John Gross, General Information Department, Detroit Public Library.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04099
Title:  "The mystic Trumpeter"
Date: January 19, 1873
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
A copy of the Budapest newspaper Fovarosi Lapok of January 19, 1873 containing Whitman's poem "The Mystic Trumpeter" in Hungarian and an interview with the poet by Liptay Pal. At the top, written in pencil, are notes in Whitman's hand.

Box: 27
Folder: Nay Tell Me Not To-Day the Publish'd Shame (Post-1878). Clipping.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00222
Title:  "Nay tell me not to-day the publish'd shame"
Date: about 1878
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 14 x 16 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Clipping from the New York Daily Graphic of 5 March 1873, with handwritten corrections.

Box: 27
Folder: Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00223
Title:  "[Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone]"
Date: May 2, 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A late draft of "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone" first published in 1887, with Whitman's signature at the bottom and "Camden NJ" and the date, May 2, 1887, written at the top.

Box: 27
Folder: Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00224
Title:  "[Not meagre latent boughs alone]"
Date: 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 10 x 15 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Trial lines for "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone," first published in 1887. Written at top is "Camden" and the date, April 28, 1887.

Box: 27
Folder: Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
A proof sheet of "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone," first published in 1887. No annotations on the sheet.

Box: 27
Folder: Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me. Proof Sheet.
Title:  "Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Proof sheet of "Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me," first published in 1865-1866. No annotations on the sheet.

Box: 27
Folder: November Boughs (Nov. 1887). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04102
Title:  "November Boughs"
Date: November, 1887
A copy of the November, 1887 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, which includes Whitman's poems "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" After the Supper and Talk, and "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone" under the general heading "November Boughs" on pages 722-723.

Box: 27
Folder: O Captain! My Captain! (1865). A.MS.drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00125
Title:  "My Captain"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Draft of the poem that would be published as "O Captain! My Captain!" in 1865, titled here "My Captain." On the verso of one page is a portion of "A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown" with a line through it.

Box: 27
Folder: O Earth, My Likeness (1860). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00225
Title:  "[O Earth, my likeness]"
Date: 1860
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of the poem first published as "Calamus, No. 36" in 1860 ( "Earth, My Likeness" in the so-called Deathbed Edition of Leaves of Grass). A number 8 and a roman number VI are at the top of the page. This manuscript has a vertical line drawn straight through the middle. On the verso is a page of prose in Whitman's hand with "Rel." at the top.

Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00226
Title:  "Of that blithe throat of thine"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Signed, late draft of "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" which was published first in January, 1885. On the verso is a letter from Folger McKinney to Whitman dated June 10, 1884.

Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Printed Copy.
Title:  "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine"
Date: January, 1885
A copy of part of Harper's Monthly from January, 1885 with Whitman's poem "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine."

Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02372
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02371
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02370
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02369
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00227
Title:  "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine"
Date: between 1884-1888
Physical Description: 9 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Nine varied copies of proof sheets, five with autograph corrections, representing different stages of the printing, including two final proofs (one with a printed signature, one without). Whitman has also written instructions to the printer on one sheet. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Echoes (1891). Offprints.
Title:  "Old Age Echoes"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 68.5 x 16.5 cm
Images: forthcoming
Galley Proof of four poems under the general title "Old Age Echoes" : "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," and "After the Argument." This grouping was published in March, 1891 in Lippincott's Magazine. A note in Traubel's hand appears at the top of the page.

Title:  "Old Age Echoes"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 16.75 cm
Images: forthcoming
Offprint from the March, 1891 issue of Lippincott's Magazine of four poems under the general title "Old Age Echoes" : "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," and "After the Argument."

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Echoes (Mar. 1891). Printed Copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04679
Title:  "Old Age Echoes"
Date: March, 1891
Copy of the March, 1891 issue of Lippincott's Magazine with four Whitman poems under the general title "Old Age Echoes" : "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," and "After the Argument." Also published in this issue are a full page portrait of Whitman, Whitman's "Some Personal and Old-Age Memoranda" (later published as "Some Personal and Old Age Jottings" ), Traubel's "Walt Whitman: Poet and Philosopher and Man," and a review of Whitman's book, November Boughs.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Echoes (1891). Proof Sheet.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00228
Title:  "Old Age Echoes"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28.5 x 16.5 cm, 6 x 14 cm attached, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Proof sheet of "Old Age Echoes" with many corrections written in ink, red ink, and pencil. "Old Age Echoes" is a general heading for four poems: "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," and "After the Argument."

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00229
Title:  "Old Age Recitatives"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 30 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Draft titled "Old Age Recitatives" written on the verso of an envelope and a letter (author unknown) stuck together. Beneath the main title and Whitman's signature is another title, "Sail out for good, Eidolon yacht!" The text of the poem is identical to the published version of "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!" , first published in 1891. Whitman has written a note about Arena magazine's rejection of the poem in the top right margin.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00230
Title:  "An Old Man's Recitatives"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 36.5 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Proofs of four poems pasted together and collected under the main handwritten title "An Old Man's Recitatives." The poems included are: "Ancient songs reciting" (published as "Old Chants" in 1891), "Grand is the seen" (first published in 1891), "Death dogs my steps" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), and "For us two, reader dear," first published in 1891. A note in Whitman's hand in the right margin details failed attempts to publish this grouping in Scribner's.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00231
Title:  "Old-Age Recitatives"
Date: between 1890-1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 30.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A galley proof of a group of six poems titled "Old-Age Recitatives." The poems included are: "Sail out for good, Eidolon yacht!" (first published in 1891), "My task" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "L. of G.'s Purport" (only the first two lines of the poem of the same title published in 1891), "Death dogs my steps" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "For us two, reader dear" (first published in 1891), and "Grand is the seen" (first published in 1891). On the verso is a note to printer.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00232
Title:  "Old-Age Recitatives"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 28 x 21 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Proof pages of six poems collected under the general title "Old-Age Recitatives." The poems included are: "Old Chants" (first published in 1891), "On, On the Same,Ye Jocund Twain!" (first published in 1891), "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" (first published in 1891), "L. of G.'s Purport" (only two lines of the twelve-line poem of the same title first published in 1891), "My task" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), and "For us two, reader dear" (first published in 1891). At the top of the first page is a note to the printer in Whitman's hand.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00343
Title:  "Old-Age Recitatives"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 2 leaves
Images: forthcoming
Two proofs of a group of six poems titled "Old-Age Recitatives." The poems included are: "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon yacht!" (first published in 1891), "My task" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "L. of G.'s Purport" (only the first two lines of the poem of the same title published in 1891), "Death dogs my steps" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "For us two, reader dear" (first published in 1891), and "Grand is the seen" (first published in 1891).

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Lambent Peaks (1888). Printed Copy.
Title:  "Old Age's Lambent Peaks"
Date: September, 1888
Clipped copy of "Old Age's Lambent Peaks" from the September, 1888 issue of The Century Magazine. Also included are thin clippings of the magazine's header and its listing of Whitman's poem in the table of contents. No annotations on the sheets.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Lambent Peaks (1888). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Old Age's Lambent Peaks"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
A proof of "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," first published in 1888, with no annotations on the sheet.

Title:  "Old Age's Lambent Peaks"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 34.5 x 15 cm
Images: forthcoming
Two copies of a proof sheet with three poems: "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine," "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs," all published first in 1888. No annotations on the sheets.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00233
Title:  "Old Age's Lambent Peaks"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 33 x 15 cm; envelope 10.5 x 13 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
An edited proof sheet with three poems: "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine," "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs," all published first in 1888. In addition to corrections, Whitman has written a note to the printer at the top of the page. Also included is an envelope with "printer's proofs, short poems, Walt Whitman, 1888, (autographic)" written on it.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00234
Title:  "Old Age's Ship and crafty Death"
Date: between 1888-1890
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 25.5 x 22.5, 24 x 15 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
An early draft written in ink, with a correction in blue pencil, of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's," first published in 1890. The draft has the underlined title "Old Age's Ship and crafty Death" half way down the page. One page is written on the back an opened envelope addressed to Whitman and postmarked Scarborough, December 20, 1888.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (Feb. 1890). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04192
Title:  "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's"
Date: February, 1890
Four pages of the February, 1890 issue of Century containing Whitman's poem "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's."

Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00235
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00236
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02391
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02392
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02393
Title:  "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's"
Date: between 1890-1891
Physical Description: 5 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Five corrected proofs of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Chants (1891). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "Old Chants"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Proof sheet of "Old Chants," first published in 1891. No annotations on the sheet.

Box: 28
Folder: An Old Man's Thought of School (1874). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00237
Title:  "[An old man's thought of school]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 44.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Two composite leaves made from pasting together several scraps of paper containing a draft of "An Old Man's Thought of School," a poem Whitman recited in person at the inauguration of the Cooper Public School in Camden, New Jersey, in 1874. On the versos are parts of letters (to Whitman) and notes in Whitman's hand.

Box: 28
Folder: Old Salt Kossabone (1880). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00068
Title:  "Old Salt Kossabone"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Late draft of "Old Salt Kossabone," first published in 1888, with a note on the verso in another hand (Ellen Terry).

Box: 28
Folder: Old War-Dreams (1865-66). Proof.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00238
Title:  "Old War-Dreams"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Proof of "Old War-Dreams" with note at bottom in Whitman's hand: "Walt Whitman's New Book." This poem was published first, in a different form, as "In Clouds Descending, in Midnight Sleep" in 1865-1866. In 1871 it appeared under the title "In Midnight Sleep." The title "Old War-Dreams" was first applied in 1881.

Box: 28
Folder: On Journeys Through the States (1860). Proof Sheet.
Title:  "On Journeys Through the States"
Date: between 1870-1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf
Images: forthcoming
Proof of "On Journeys Through the States," published as No. 17 of "Chants Democratic" in 1860 and again in a different form in 1871. The text of this proof varies from the version in the 1891-1892 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00069
Title:  "Go forth, ye twain"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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An early draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. The draft is written on a letter from Albert Johannsen (dated March 22, 1890), and two opened envelopes (one postmarked April 27, 1890).

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00072
Title:  "Go forth, ye twain"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. On the verso is a note in Whitman's hand reading "to my 2d & last Annex for L of G."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00074
Title:  "On, on awhile ye jocund twain"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891.

Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00239
Title:  "On, on the same, ye jocund twain!"
Date: May 10, 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A late draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. This draft is signed and dated May 10, 1890.

Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00240
Title:  "On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 24 x 15 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Three proof sheets of "On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," first published in 1891. One proof has several corrections and a note for the printer; the other two proofs have no annotations.

Box: 28
Folder: Ontario's Shores. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00241
Title:  "[As I sail'd at night alone]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 10 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A few lines on the verso of a cancelled letter (the correspondent and date are unknown), beginning "As I sail'd at night alone." The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown. The title on the Library of Congress's folder comes from the final line of the draft ("As I wander Ontario's shores alone at night") and does not suggest that this draft is related to "By Blue Ontario's Shore."

Box: 28
Folder: O Star of France! (1870-71). Printed copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04112
Title:  "O Star of France!"
Date: June, 1871
A partial copy of the June, 1871 issue of The Galaxy, containing Whitman's poem "O Star of France!" The poem was later revised and published as "O Star of France" (without exclamation point).

Box: 28
Folder: Our Old Feuillage (1860). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00242
Title:  "Our Old Feuillage"
Date: between 1876-1881
Physical Description: 6 leaves, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A bound copy of six leaves (the poem "American Feuillage" ) from the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass with multiple corrections and revisions, including the change of the title to "Our Old Feuillage." The revisions reflect the poem as it appeared in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. On the first introductory page is written, in another hand, "all changes and notations are by Whitman and in his holograph." Also included, along with a title page reading "Our Old Feuillage, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof," is a photograph of Whitman. "Our Old Feuillage" has also been titled "A Chant of National Feuillage" and "Chants Democratic" No. 4.

Box: 28
Folder: Our Old Fueillage (1860). Note to editors, Jan. 7, 1860.
Title:  "[Printed note from Walt Whitman]"
Date: January 7, 1860
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
A note written to Harper's Magazine to accompany the submission of "A Chant of National Feuillage," which the editors declined. The poem was first published in 1860 as "Chants Democratic" No. 60, then later as "American Feuillage" and finally "Our Old Feuillage."

Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00244
Title:  "Out from behind this Mask"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00245
Title:  "Out from this Mask"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00246
Title:  "Out From This Mask"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4 
Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on one folded leaf that also has prose notes beginning "With your permission." "Out From This Mask" is printed at the top in pencil.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00088
Title:  "[(Returning to my pages front once]"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00247
Title:  "Out from behind this Mask"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876. The title is written in blue pencil.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00248
Title:  "[(Returning to my pages front once]"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on two scraps pasted together.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00249
Title:  "[This designation of Myself]"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of lines from the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00250
Title:  "[here strange continents]"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Draft of lines from the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00251
Title:  "Behind this Mask"
Date: between 1873-1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4 
Notes and trial lines for the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on the verso of a letter to Whitman from Minnie Vincent, dated Utica, New York, December 11, 1873, asking for an autograph).

Box: 28
Folder: Out From Behind this Mask (1876). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00252
Title:  "Out From Behind This Mask"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15.5 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A corrected copy of "Out From Behind This Mask," cut from pages 24 and 25 of Two Rivulets and pasted together to make one page.

Box: 28
Folder: Over and Through the Burial Chant (1888). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00253
Title:  "Over and through the burial chant"
Date: 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Clipped-out copy of "Over and Through the Burial Chant" from the August 12, 1888 issue of the New York Herald, with notations in Whitman's hand. The poem was later published as "Interpolation Sounds."

Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat. (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00254
Title:  "The Patrol at Barnegat"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 
An early draft entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat," full of trial lines for the poem that would be published as "Patroling Barnegat" in 1880. On the verso of one leaf is a letter to Whitman from E. H. Hames dated May 12, 1880.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00255
Title:  "The Patrol at Barnegat"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 
A draft entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat," full of trial lines for the poem that would be published as "Patroling Barnegat" in 1880. The draft had originally been titled "The Sea Beach Patrol," then "The Sea Shore Patrol," and finally "The Patrol at Barnegat." On the verso of the draft are two receipts from the Philadelphia Y.M.C.A., dated March 22, 1880 and April 15, 1880, and an unfinished letter from Whitman to John Burroughs, dated August 20.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00256
Title:  "The Patrol at Barnegat"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A heavily-corrected draft of the poem that would be published as "Patroling Barnegat" in 1880 entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat." In the upper left corner is written "Patroling Barnegat," which Whitman eventually used as the title.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00257
Title:  "The Patrol at Barnegat"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4 
A draft made from several small sheets glued together and entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat." It is a version of the poem that would be published as "Patroling Barnegat" in 1880.

Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat (1880). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00258
Title:  "Patroling Barnegat"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 12 x 16 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Two copies of a proof of "Patroling Barnegat," each with a different correction in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1880.

Box: 28
Folder: Paumanok (1888). A.MS. copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00259
Title:  "Paumanok"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 21 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Written in ink on a sheet of white paper, cut from a larger sheet, is a late draft of "Paumanok," first published in 1888. It is signed in full at bottom. The world "personal" is in a circle in upper right-hand corner. In pencil on verso in another hand: "Feb 18, 1888."

Box: 28
Folder: Paumanok (post-1888). Newspaper clipping.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00260
Title:  "Paumanok"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A small newspaper clipping of "Paumanok" pasted onto a larger sheet of paper, with notes and corrections in Whitman's hand. "Paumanok" was first published in the New York Herald in 1888.

Box: 28
Folder: Peace No More, But Flag of War. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00261
Title:  "[Peace no more]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16 x 19 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft beginning "Peace no more, but flag of war" written in pencil on a sheet of white paper, with a corner cut out, on which the last two lines of the poem had been written. On the verso is a list of words. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Box: 28
Folder: Penitenzia. A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00262
Title:  "[Mask with their lids thine eyes]"
Date: about 1870
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4 
A draft of a poem never published in Whitman's lifetime, but published posthumously as "[Mask with Their Lids]." The draft was evidently part of a larger notebook titled "Penitenzia," but no other pages from such a notebook are present in this folder. The folder also contains two pages from Clifton Joseph Furness's book Walt Whitman's Workshop concerning the draft.

Box: 28
Folder: Pioneers! O Pioneers! (1865). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00263
Title:  "Pioneers! O Pioneers!"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of the first two stanzas of "Pioneers! O Pioneers!," which was first published in 1865, written in ink on a rough, bluish piece of paper. On the verso is a note in pencil concerning wounded soldiers.

Box: 28
Folder: The Play-Ground (1846). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00264
Title:  "The Play-Ground"
Date: about 1846
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of "The Play-Ground," nearly as it appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on June 1, 1846 (during Whitman's editorship of the paper). On the verso is a page of prose in Whitman's hand.

Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00266
Title:  "Prayer of Columbus"
Date: 1881
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5 
Bound corrected proofs of "Prayer of Columbus," which was published first in 1874. The title page, which follows Whitman's portrait, reads "Prayer of Columbus, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof, 1881." The corrections are most likely for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00267
Title:  "[By me]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00268
Title:  "[Thou knowest my]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00269
Title:  "[what is the guidance]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00270
Title:  "Columbus Prayer (ad 1503)"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Notes on the title of the poem that became "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00271
Title:  "Columbus Prayers (ad 1503)"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is prose concerning "Nationality" and "Cohesion."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00272
Title:  "[A batter'd wreck'd old man]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. The lines are written on stationery from the Attorney General's office and on the verso are prose notes, one of which reads "Acknowledge our obligations to English & other foreign literature."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00274
Title:  "[Steersman unseen]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso are prose notes beginning "Idea in each of the three papers."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00275
Title:  "[Be it with]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00276
Title:  "[What may be the end I know not]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is a prose note reading "much of this stuff will come in the 'Notes.'"

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00277
Title:  "[my end draws]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00278
Title:  "[my brain grows rack'd]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00279
Title:  "Pourtraiture of Columbus"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Prose notes concerning Whitman's idea for the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00280
Title:  "Pourtray Columbus"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Prose notes concerning Whitman's idea for the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00281
Title:  "[my altar here the bleak sea-sand]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00282
Title:  "[what do I know of life?]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00283
Title:  "[Utter prostrate]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso are personal notes by Whitman including a listing of the number of words and lines in an unidentified text.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00284
Title:  "[The terminus now near]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00285
Title:  "[I am too full of woe]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00286
Title:  "[Thine now the helm]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00287
Title:  "[All my emprises]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00288
Title:  "[Haply the lifeless cross]"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is prose beginning "then intimate definitely that. . ."

Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). Marginalia.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00880
Title:  "[Poem—Columbus]"
Date: about May, 1869
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 41 x 27 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
Detached from Irish Republic, v. 3, no. 5, p. 60: "The Last Days of Columbus" [abstract from Sir Arthur Phelps' book The Spanish Conquest in America, reprinted from Harper's Magazine]. Across left margin in Walt Whitman's hand: "Poems—Columbus—(?that name for piece)—make the poem an utterance of Columbus—there on Jamaica island (read first Ulysses, by Tennyson)." Some of the passages in the abstract are marked and underlined by Whitman. This is assumed to be the original idea of the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.

Box: 28
Folder: Priests! (1855). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00013
Title:  "[Priests!]"
Date: about 1855
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 10 x 20 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
These lines thematically resemble work of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, specifically the final lines of the poem later called "A Song for Occupations," but their specific relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown. On verso, there is an autograph note. This manuscript was posthumously published with the title "[Until You Can Explain...]"

Box: 29
Folder: Queries to My 70th Year (1888). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00014
Title:  "[Here fretful]"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23 x 20 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
One page draft written in pencil on a sheet of coarse paper, with a notation in another hand at the very bottom ("297—Doubleday Queries to 70th Year"). The lines were revised and published as "Queries to My Seventieth Year" in 1888.

Box: 29
Folder: Resurgemus (1850). Clipping.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00289
Title:  "Resurgemus"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 24.5 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2  |  3 
A clipping from the September, 1884 issue of the London magazine To-Day. Printed in the issue is Whitman's poem "Resurgemus," and in Whitman's hand are some corrections and a bibliographic notation. The publication history of this poem is unusual: it was published first as "Resurgemus" in 1850, then untitled in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, then as "Poem of The Dead Young Men of Europe, the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States" in the 1856 edition, and as "Europe, The 72nd and 73rd Years of These States" in the 1860 and subsequent editions. Therefore, its appearance in an 1884 periodical under an old title seems highly unusual.

Box: 29
Folder: A Riddle Song (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00015
Title:  "A Riddle Song"
Date: 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 12 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A draft of the first five lines of "A Riddle Song," first published in 1880. The draft is written in ink on a gray piece (now brown) made by pasting two smaller pieces together, on which is pasted a third slip.

Box: 29
Folder: A Riddle Song (1881). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00290
Title:  "A Riddle Song"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1 
Proof sheet of "A Riddle Song," first published in 1880, with corrections in Whitman's hand.

Box: 29
Folder: The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete (1891). A. MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00291
Title:  "The endless Catalogue Divine"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
View Images:  1 
A badly stained draft of a poem published as "The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete" in 1891.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00017
Title:  "The real earthly catalogue divine, 'complete'"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of a poem published as "The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete" in 1891, written in ink on a similar piece of paper as the item above, with a discarded envelope (addressed to Miss Olive Percival, 214 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA) opened out and pasted to the bottom of the piece, and some corrections in pencil, blue pencil, and red ink.

Box: 29
Folder: Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht! (1888). A.MS. drafts and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00018
Title:  "[casts off her moorings]"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Trial lines for "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. On the verso is a letter from Harry C. Kochersperger dated June 27, 1890.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00040
Title:  "Sail forth O mystic yacht of me"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Trial lines for "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. On part of the page is prose that appears to be a journal entry. The rest, though, is dedicated to a draft of the poem, with the title written half way down the page: "Sail forth O mystic yacht of me." On the verso is written "Walt Whitman, July 30 1890" twice.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00041
Title:  "Sail out for Good Eidolon yacht"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Note regarding "Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. Written on this small white sheet are the title of the poem ( "Sail out for good Eidolon yacht" ) and trial phrases for what appears to be a subtitle.

Box: 29
Folder: Salut Au Monde (1886). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00292
Title:  "Salut Au Monde"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 7 leaves, handwritten
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Leather bound and heavily corrected proof of "Salut Au Monde!" with a portrait of Whitman and a title page reading "Salut Au Monde, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof." This poem was also published under the title "Poem of Salutation."

Box: 29
Folder: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00294
Title:  "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 3 p., 15 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Four copies of a proof of "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," which was published first in 1887. One of the proofs has several corrections in Whitman's hand, the other three only have one correction each.

Box: 29
Folder: The Singing Thrush (1873). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00019
Title:  "The Singing Thrush"
Date: February 28, 1873
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 19 cm, handwritten
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A draft of "The Singing Thrush" (first published in 1873 and later published under the title "Wandering at Morn" ) written in pencil, with corrections and changes (some in ink) on a folded sheet of stationery. The draft is signed and dated Washington, February 28, 1873.

Box: 29
Folder: The Sleepers (1855). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00295
Title:  "The Sleepers"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 12 leaves, 11.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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A bound copy of corrected pages of "The Sleepers" from the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass. The corrections are written in ink, purple ink (faded red?) and blue pencil on every page and are for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. There is a portrait of Whitman opposite a title page reading "Sleepers, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof."

Box: 29
Folder: The Sobbing of the Bells (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00020
Title:  "The Sobbing of the Bells"
Date: 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in the Boston Daily Globe on September 27, 1881. On the verso is prose in Whitman's hand.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00022
Title:  "The Sobbing of the Bells"
Date: 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in 1881. This clean draft is encased in mylar with five other clippings and descriptive cards.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00021
Title:  "The Sobbing of the Bells"
Date: 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in 1881. On the verso is a letter from an unknown writer; the paper has been cut up and pasted together.

Box: 29
Folder: Song of Myself (1855). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00042
Title:  "[I say the stars are not echoes]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of a poem that resembles section 23 of "Song of Myself" but whose specific relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown. The draft, though not identical, has many lines similar to the posthumously published manuscript titled "[I Am the Poet]." On the verso is a draft of an unidentified prose work.

Box: 29
Folder: Song of the Open Road (1856). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00847
Title:  "Song of the Open Road"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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A bound proof of "Song of the Open Road," corrected and revised in Whitman's hand. Opposite a portrait of Whitman, the title page reads, "Song of the Open Road, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof." This is probably a revision for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Box: 29
Folder: Song of the Redwood-Tree (1874). Proof Sheet.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00297
Title:  "Song of the Redwood-Tree"
Date: about 1874
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 40.5 x 25.5 cm, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Song of the Redwood-Tree," first published in 1874, with minor corrections and a note on the verso in Whitman's hand.

Box: 29
Folder: Songs of Parting. A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00298
Title:  "Songs of Parting"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 18 leaves with handwritten annotations, handwritten
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Bound proofs of Whitman's cluster "Songs of Parting," containing 17 poems. Opposite a portrait of Whitman, the title page reads, "Songs of Parting, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof." These corrections were probably for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. The 17 poems included are: "As the Time Draws Nigh," "Ashes of Soldiers," "Years of the Modern," "Thoughts," "Song at Sunset," "My Legacy," "Pensive on Her Dead Gazing, I Heard the Mother of All," "Camps of Green," "Bathed in War's Perfume," "Now Finalé to the Shore," "As they Draw to a Close," "The Untold Want," "Portals," "These Carols," "To the Reader at Parting," "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," and "So Long."

Box: 29
Folder: Sparkles From the Wheel (1871). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00299
Title:  "[see the profuse sparks like gold]"
Date: about 1871
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 4 x 17 cm, handwritten
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A draft of lines that would be revised and published as "Sparkles From the Wheel" in 1871.

Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00300
Title:  "Spirit that form'd this scene"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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A late draft of "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink on one side of a sheet and signed in full.

Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS.draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00131
Title:  "Spirit That Form'd This Scene"
Date: between 1879-1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Draft of "Spirit That Form'd This Scene" written in ink, with a few changes, on sheets made by pasting together (some on top) six pieces cut from larger sheets, five strips pasted on a sheet of stationery, and a rougher piece which seems taken from a pad. The manuscript is bound and has a portrait of Whitman at the front. The poem was published in 1881.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00615
Title:  "Spirit that form'd this scene"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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A draft of "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink on sheets made from pasting together five strips posted onto another sheet of paper. The date 1881 appears at the top of the sheet.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00616
Title:  "[the arch, the column]"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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An early draft of lines related to "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink and pencil.

Box: 29
Folder: Starting from Paumanok (1880). A.MS. corrected pages.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00301
Title:  "Starting from Paumanok"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 8 leaves, handwritten
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Bound proof corrected extensively in Whitman's hand. This correction was probably for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. Opposite a portrait of Whitman, the title page reads, "Starting From Paumanok, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof.— "Starting From Paumanok" was first published as "Proto-Leaf" in 1860.

Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00302
Title:  "Supplement Hours"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The first line begins "Sane, easy, homely."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00303
Title:  "Supplement Hours"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The first line begins "The lesson done."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00304
Title:  "Supplement Hours"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The subtitle reads "Notes by a half-paralytic."

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00305
Title:  "Latter-Time Hours of a half-paralytic"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00306
Title:  "[The lesson]"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00111
Title:  "[Notes where wild bees flitting hum]"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03275
Title:  "?Some Hours of a half Paralytic"
Date: about 1881
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.

Box: 29
Folder: Sword Calls (1863-64). A.MS. draft and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00308
Title:  "Sword Calls"
Date: between 1863-1864
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Draft and notes for an unpublished poem titled "Sword Calls" written in ink on a large sheet from a notebook (second sheet blank), and in pencil (with "Sword Calls" in red ink) on another smaller leaf.

Box: 29
Folder: Thanks in Old Age (1887). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01116
Title:  "Thanks in Old Age"
Date: November 24, 1887
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A clipping from the November 24, 1887 issue of The Republican with Whitman's poem "Thanks in Old Age." The date of the issue is noted in Whitman's hand in the margin.

Box: 29
Folder: Thanks in Old Age (1888). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01081
Title:  "Thanks in Old Age"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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A proof sheet of "Thanks in Old Age" that features a single correction. The poem was published first in 1887.

Box: 29
Folder: Thou Mother With thy Equal Brood (1872). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00310
Title:  "[Thee, in thy orbic singers]"
Date: about 1872
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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A draft of lines that would appear, in a revised form, first in "As A Strong Bird on Pinions Free" in 1872, and later under the title "Thou Mother With Thy Equal Brood." Also included on this draft are several notes by Traubel and two sketches.

Box: 29
Folder: Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space (1868?). Offprint.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00309
Title:  "Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space"
Date: between 1868-1869
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 32 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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An offprint of "Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space," with note at the top reading "J. T. Trowbridge, from W. W." and a note on the verso reading "is to app. in London Fortnightly for April." Though the poem was submitted in either 1868 or 1869, it was never published in the Fortnightly. It was later incorporated in the poem "Passage to India," which was first published in 1871. "Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space" was not published as a separate poem.

Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00328
Title:  "A Thought of Columbus"
Date: 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A complete draft of "A Thought of Columbus" written on two long strips of various fragments pasted together and three smaller pieces. According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00329
Title:  "[The tangled long]"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a letter from Henry Hopkins dated November 2, 1891.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00330
Title:  "[Deep mystery of mysteries!]"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is the end of an undated letter from Mrs. John M. Gardner.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00331
Title:  "[Reck'd]"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a cut away, undated letter.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00332
Title:  "[An impulse thrilling]"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a cut away, undated letter.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00333
Title:  "A Thought of Columbus"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00334
Title:  "[The mystery of mysteries!]"
Date: about 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. The draft is written on an opened-up envelope from J. H. Johnston postmarked October 30, 1891.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00335
Title:  "Columbus"
Date: 1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A brown envelope that Horace Traubel said contained the manuscript of "A Thought of Columbus" that Whitman gave him shortly before he died in 1892.

Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04217
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04613
Title:  "A Thought of Columbus"
Date: 1892
Clipping of the facsimile printing of the "A Thought of Columbus" manuscript from the July 9, 1892 issue of Once A Week. Also included is a clipping of Traubel's article entitled "Walt Whitman's Last Poem" that appeared in the July 16, 1892 issue.

Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). Printed Copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04215
Title:  "A Thought of Columbus"
Date: July 2 and 9, 1892
Copies of the July 2, 1892 and July 9, 1892 issues of Once a Week with Whitman's poem "A Thought Of Columbus" in an illustrated, printed form and manuscript facsimile.

Box: 30
Folder: To Get the Final Lilt of Songs (1888). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00311
Title:  "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Proof sheet of "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs," which was first published in 1888. A note reading "publ'd in Herald April 16 '88" in Whitman's hand is written at the bottom of the page. Otherwise, no annotations are on the sheet.

Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00312
Title:  "Veil with their lids thine eyes, O Soul"
Date: between 1867-1876
Physical Description: 
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Loose pages and notebooks containing drafts and notes. The notebooks are commonly known as the "Penitenzia" notebooks because that word is written in red ink on the cover, and they include drafts and trial lines of the poems "[Mask with Their Lids]" (published posthumously) and "beauty" (published posthumously). There are also notes about other poems and the arrangement of Leaves of Grass.

Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). A.MS. drafts.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00257
Title:  "[Bursts the wild storm?]"
Date: about 1876
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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A heavily edited draft of "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm," first published in 1876 and later known as "To the Man-of-War-Bird." The draft is accompanied by a piece of paper labeled "Thou who hast slept all night upon the storm—rough MS. proof and, final copy printed in London Athenaeum, April 1876, WW. Camden, March 1876."

Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00314
Title:  "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm"
Date: between 1876-1878
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
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Printed copies of "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm" (later published as "To the Man-of-War-Bird" ) with bibliographic notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The clippings are from the Philadelphia Progress (November 16, 1878) and the London Athenaeum (April 1, 1876).

Box: 30
Folder: To the Sunset Breeze (1890). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00315
Title:  "To the Sunset Breeze"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 5 leaves, handwritten
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These proofs of "To a Sunset Breeze" show notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1890.

Box: 30
Folder: To the Year 1889 (1889). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00077
Title:  "To the Year 1889"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19 x 21.25 cm, handwritten
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An early draft of "To the Year 1889," first published in January 5, 1889. The poem was later published under the title "To the Pending Year."

Box: 30
Folder: To the Year 1889 (1889). Proof Sheet
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00316
Title:  "To the Year 1889"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Proof sheet of "To the Year 1889" (first published in 1889 and later under the title "To the Pending Year" ) with a bibliographic notation in Whitman's hand.

Box: 30
Folder: The Trail (1872). A.MS. draft and notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00617
Title:  "The Trail"
Date: about 1872
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Notes and drafted lines of an unpublished poem, which Whitman had tentatively titled "The Trail." The lines were written while Whitman was reading The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman, for he has noted it at the top of the first page. The title, written near the bottom of the first page, and "The Emigration to California 1846 '7," on the third page, are written in red ink. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown. All versos are blank.

Box: 30
Folder: Twilight (Dec. 1887). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04134
Title:  "Twilight"
Date: December, 1887
A copy of pages from the December, 1887 issue of Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, containing Whitman's poem "Twilight."

Box: 30
Folder: Twilight (1887). Proof Sheet.
Title:  "Twilight"
Date: about 1887
A proof sheet of "Twilight," which was published first in 1887. At the bottom of the proof is a note in Traubel's hand: "June 14, 1888." No annotations in Whitman's hand are on the sheet.

Box: 30
Folder: Twilight (1889). Proof on birch bark.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00317
Title:  "Twilight"
Date: June, 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 17 cm, handwritten
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Written in ink, with one line in pencil, are notes on a proof of "Twilight," which is printed on a piece of tan birch bark. The notes, in Whitman's hand, read: "Walt Whitman, June 1889" "on birch bark," and "a curio, on birch bark, Walt Whitman." "Twilight" was first published in 1887.

Box: 30
Folder: A Twilight Song (May 1890). Printed Copies.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04200
Title:  "A Twilight Song"
Date: May, 1890
A Copy of the May, 1890 issue of The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine containing Whitman's poem "A Twilight Song."

Box: 30
Folder: A Twilight Song (1890). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00318
Title:  "A Twilight Song"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 20.25 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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These proofs of "A Twilight Song," which was first published in 1890, show corrections and/or notes in Whitman's hand.

Box: 30
Folder: The Unexpress'd (1890). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00319
Title:  "The Unexpress'd"
Date: about 1889
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 17 cm, handwritten
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A heavily corrected draft of the poem "The Unexpress'd," which was published first in 1891, written on the verso of a cancelled letter from Marjorie Cook, dated September 25, 1889.

Box: 30
Folder: Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb (1865). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00320
Title:  "Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb"
Date: April, 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 7.5 x 17 cm, handwritten
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A draft of an unpublished burial lyric for the death of Lincoln entitled "Unveil thy bosom, faithful tomb" and dated April, 1865, written in pencil on a scrap of paper torn from a larger sheet.

Box: 30
Folder: Up, Lurid Stars! (1865). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00321
Title:  "Up, Lurid Stars!"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Draft of a poem entitled "Up, Lurid Stars!" which was never published in Whitman's lifetime. It is related to the poem "World Take Good Notice," which was first published in 1865.

Box: 30
Folder: The Voice of the Rain (1885). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00322
Whitman Archive ID: loc.002466
Title:  "The Voice of the Rain"
Date: about 1885
Physical Description: 5 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Five proof sheets of the poem "The Voice of the Rain," which was published first in 1885. Two of the proofs have notations and corrections in Whitman's hand (one showing a rejected title, "A Rain Enigma" ), and one has a notation on the verso.

Box: 30
Folder: Warble for Lilac-Time (May 1870). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04138
Title:  "Warble for Lilac-Time"
Date: May, 1870
A copy of the May, 1870 issue of The Galaxy, containing Whitman's poem "Warble for Lilac-Time."

Box: 30
Folder: What Best I See in Thee (1879). Proof.
Title:  "What Best I See in Thee"
Date: about 1881
Proof of "What Best I See in Thee," first published in 1881, with no annotations on the sheet.

Box: 30
Folder: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1865-66). A.MS. notes.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00110
Title:  "[Hermit Thrush]"
Date: about 1865
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 10.5 x 6.5 cm, handwritten
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Notes about the hermit thrush in a small homemade notebook, which are related to lines in his poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," first published in 1865-6.

Box: 30
Folder: Whispers of Heavenly Death (1870). A.MS. and printed copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00323
Title:  "Whispers of Heavenly Death"
Date: about 1870
Physical Description: 15 leaves, 20 x 13 cm, handwritten
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Mostly mounted clippings of poems taken from Leaves of Grass, stitched and tied with ribbon by Walt Whitman. An autograph title page is followed by pages numbered in red pencil 469-484. One poem, "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," on p. 481 is written entirely in Walt Whitman's hand, and other corrections and additions are in Whitman's hand throughout. The poems included are: "Whispers of Heavenly Death," "Yet, Yet Ye Downcast Hours," "As Nearing Departure" (later published, in a different form, as "As the Time Draws Nigh" ), "Darest Thou Now O Soul," "Of Him I Love Day and Night," "Quicksand Years That Whirl Me I Know Not Whither" (later published as "Quicksand Years" ), "That Music Always Round Me," "As If a Phantom Caress'd Me," "O Living Always, Always Dying," "Here, Sailor!" (later published as "What Ship Puzzled at Sea" ), "A Noiseless Patient Spider," "To One Shortly to Die," "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," "This Day, O Soul," "What Place is Besieged?," "The Last Invocation," and "Pensive and Faltering."

Box: 30
Folder: With All Thy Gifts (1876). A.MS. draft.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00324
Title:  "With all the gifts America"
Date: about 1873
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Draft entitled "With all the gifts America," published in 1873 under the title "With All Thy Gifts."

Box: 30
Folder: With All Thy Gifts (1876). Proof.
Title:  "With All Thy Gifts"
Date: about 1876
Proof of "With All Thy Gifts," first published in book form in 1876 (the proof has no printed signature, suggesting that it is for book publication). There are no annotations on the sheet.

Box: 30
Folder: With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea! (1883). Printed Copies
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04202
Title:  "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!"
Date: 1884
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Pages from the March, 1884 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine containing Whitman's poem "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!" Also included is a clipping from an unknown newspaper ("'84" written in Whitman's hand at the bottom) of the same poem.

Box: 30
Folder: A Word Out of the Sea (1859). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "The Whale Chase"
Date: 1869
Proof sheets of several poems: "The Whale Chase" (published as a part of "A Song of Joys" ), "The Singer in Prison" , first published in 1869, "A Word Out of the Sea" (first published as "A Child's Reminiscence" in 1859 and finally as "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking" ), and five poems which are not Whitman's: part of "The Passions" (by William Collins), part of "The Battle of Naseby" (by Thomas Babbington Macaulay), "The Midnight Visitor" (probably a translation of "La Ballade du Desespere" by Henri Murger), "John Anderson My Jo" (by Robert Burns), and "The Bridge of Sighs" (by Thomas Hood). There are no annotations on the sheets.

Box: 30
Folder: Yonnonido (1887). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04205
Title:  "Yonnondio"
Date: November 26, 1887
The November 26, 1887 issue of The Critic containing Whitman's poem, "Yonnondio."

Box: 30
Folder: Yonnondio (1887). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00325
Title:  "Yonnondio"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Two proofs of "Yonnondio," which was published first in 1887. On one proof is a notation by Horace Traubel ("Received from Walt Whitman June 12, 1888") and on the other are notes and corrections in Whitman's hand.

Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Printed Copy.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04206
Title:  "November Boughs"
Date: 1887
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
Clipping from a newspaper of four Whitman poems: "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" "After the Supper and Talk," and "Not Meagre Latent Boughs Alone." At the top is the title "November Boughs." At the bottom of the clipping is written, in Whitman's hand, "1887." The poems were published first in Lippincott's Magazine, November, 1887.

Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Proof Sheets.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00326
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02484
Title:  "November Boughs"
Date: about 1887
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
Images: forthcoming
Three proofs of a collection of four poems ( "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" "After the Supper and Talk," and "Not Meagre Latent Boughs Alone" ) under the general title "November Boughs." The first is made by pasting together proofs of each poem in the order desired; the other two have all four poems printed on one sheet. Two of the proofs have corrections and notations in Whitman's hand.

Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Proof Sheets.
Title:  "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me"
Date: about 1887
Two proofs of "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," which was first published in 1887. The two drafts vary, suggesting that they were printed at different stages in the revision process. Neither proof has any marks in Whitman's hand.

Subseries: 3
Title: Prose
Date: 1841-1892, undated
Subseries Description: The prose material includes handwritten manuscript drafts, notes, proofs and offprints, and selected printed materials that relate to Whitman's published and unpublished writings, arranged chronologically by date of publication or composition. Undated titles are arranged alphabetically at the end of the materials.

Box: 33
Folder: Only Crossing the Delaware.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00155
Title:  "Italian Music in Dakota"
Date: April 5, 1879
A copy of the April 5, 1879 issue of Progress containing Whitman's poem "Italian Music in Dakota" and his prose piece "Only Crossing the Delaware" (later published in Specimen Days as "Delaware River—Days and Nights."

Box: 36
Folder: Twilight Whisperings
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01077
Title:  "[curiously writes itself]"
Date: about 1860
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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These manuscript pages reflect Whitman's experiences visiting the sick in hospitals in Washington during "the Secession War."

Box: 36
Folder: Twilight Whisperings
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01078
Title:  "Twilight Whisperings"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This manuscript contains notes for a potential poem or prose piece, with two possible titles "Twilight Whisperings" and "Songs at Early Candle Light." The relationship of this note to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Box: 36
Folder: A Venetian Fable
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01079
Title:  "[I lately heard a lady]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This prose manuscript comments on a "Venetian fable," which is possibly a piece of early fiction. The date and relationship of this manuscript to Whitman's published work are unknown.

Box: 36
Folder: Walt Whitman's Writings
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01080
Title:  "[In considering the aims]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This manuscript contains a small newspaper clipping review of Leaves of Grass, along with Whitman's comments about himself as an artist. The word "Horace" is written on the verso.

Box: 36
Folder: What is Poetry
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01070
Title:  "What is Poetry?"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Whitman has annotated, "What is Poetry?," a holograph by George D. Prentice.

Box: 36
Folder: What the New Jersey Railroads Do
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01071
Title:  "What The New Jersey Railroads Do"
Date: about 1879
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A proof-sheet, without annotation, of articles about the New Jersey railroads, which were published in the Philadelphia Times article "Winter Sunshine. A Trip from Camden to the Coast." on January 26, 1879.

Box: 36
Folder: Whither are we Sailing?
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01072
Title:  "[Yet Alas! while how near]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Sections of paper are pasted together in this prose reflection on "the motif of life." The relationship of these revised drafts to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Box: 36
Folder: Whitman on Himself
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01073
Title:  "[Nor are we sure but]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This is a draft of Whitman's self-criticism. The relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Box: 36
Folder: The Whole Past Century
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01074
Title:  "Which leads me to then another point"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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In these prose notes, Whitman reflects on the impact of the Civil War on the nation. Written at the top of the page, in an unknown hand, "see notes Mar 18 1891."

Box: 36
Folder: Why Should I Be Afraid
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01075
Title:  "[Why should I be afraid]"
Date: 1855-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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On what appears on the verso to be a letter Whitman received, Whitman has drafted comments for "Leaves of Grass" stating he has "abandon'd the conventional themes."

Box: 36
Folder: Words for an Intended Dictionary
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01065
Title:  "[Scoria]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 5 leaves, handwritten
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This list of English and foreign words and phrases, along with definitions, may have been sketches for a dictionary.

Box: 36
Folder: Work on the Farm
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01066
Title:  "[floor with his hands in his pockets]"
Date: 1841-1892
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This prose manuscript portrays a person in a farm scene. The relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown.

Box: 36
Folder: In Memory of Thomas Paine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01076
Title:  "[Some 35 years ago]"
Date: 1876
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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Dated "Oct 2 '76" on the last page, this manuscript is a draft of Whitman's speech on Thomas Paine, which was later published in Specimen Days (1882) as "In Memory of Thomas Paine."

Box: 
Folder: 
Title:  ""
Date: 
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Subseries: 12
Title: Speeches
Date: 1876-1890, undated
Subseries Description: Materials in this series include handwritten manuscript drafts, proofs, notes, printed items, and miscellaneous materials that relate to Whitman's lectures and speeches, arranged chronologically by the date of the speech or lecture.

Series: 5
Title: Notes and Notebooks
Date: 1847-91, undated
Series Description: This series has been split into two distinct subseries.

Subseries: 1
Title: Notebooks
Date: 1855-1884, undated
Subseries Description: This subseries includes notebooks and handmade booklets created from pages tied or pasted together. These items contain Whitman's thoughts and ideas, either personal or literary, including trial lines and titles for poems, draft fragments, clippings, and names and addresses . In addition, the subseries contains reference notes and synopses of Whitman's studies on human rights, slavery, religion, philology, language and grammar, and classical studies. The materials are arranged chronologically.

Box: 37
Folder: 1855-1856, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry trial lines
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00143
Title:  "[George Walker]"
Date: between 1855-1856
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (New York: New York University Press, 1984. 6 vols), noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Song of the Broad-Axe," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Starting from Paumanok," "A Song for Occupations," "By Blue Ontario's Shore," "Salut au Monde!," "To One Shortly to Die," and "A Woman Waits for Me."

Box: 37
Folder: 1855-1856 (?), Government, Nature, Trial Lines, Self-Advice
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00157
Title:  "[the scope of government]"
Date: between 1855-1856
Physical Description: 
Images: forthcoming
A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (New York: New York University Press, 1984. 6 vols.), noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Assurances," "This Compost," and an unfinished poem entitled "The Insects."

Box: 38
Folder: 1857 Trial Lines and Descriptions
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00028
Title:  "[(illeg.) Dick Hunt]"
Date: 1856-1857
Physical Description: 
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A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (New York: New York University Press, 1984. 6 vols.), noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Song of the Broad-Axe," "To a Common Prostitute," "You Felons on Trial in Courts," "Starting from Paumanok," "Trickle Drops," "I Was Looking for a Long While," "Poem of Joys," "Facing West from California's Shores," "To the States," "A Song of the Rolling Earth," "On the Beach a Night Alone," "Full of Life Now," and "With Antecedents."

Box: 38
Folder: Undated Thoughts, Ideas, and Trial lines (3 V.)
Title:  "[16th Sept]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 
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An early notebook Whitman used for various purposes. William White,xxx.00047 in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks (New York: New York University Press, 1978. 3 vols.), noted a relationship between rough drafts of poems in this notebook (called "An Early Notebook" in White's edition) and the poem "Starting from Paumanok." Drafts of poems also appear under the titles "A Poem of Maternity," "Poem of Remorse," and "Proem."

Subseries: 2
Title: Notes
Date: 1847-1891, undated
Subseries Description: The notes are unbound items arranged by the following topics: addresses and names, Brooklyniana, literary notes, miscellany, personal notes, printing and publishing notes, and reference notes. The items are arranged chronologically within each of the categories. Items that have no date are arranged alphabetically by subject at the end of each category.

Box: 38
Folder: Brooklyniana, Undated, Free cider and Long Island character.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00156
Title:  "[Free cider]"
Date: between 1850-1860
Physical Description: 
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Notes which include the first two lines of a draft of a poem beginning "You fired the shot." It is written in pencil on both sides of a narrow strip of lined paper, cut from a larger sheet.

Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Before 1855, Women
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00005
Title:  "[med Cophósis]"
Date: between 1850-1856
Physical Description: 
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A notebook kept by Whitman in the early to mid-1850s. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks (New York: New York University Press, 1978. 3 vols.), noted a relationship between this notebook and the poems "Who Learns My Lesson Complete?," "By Blue Ontario's Shore," "Song of the Answerer," and "There Was a Child Went Forth."

Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Before 1855, Wood Drake
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00158
Title:  "['wood drake']"
Date: about 1855
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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An early notebook of Whitman's. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks (New York: New York University Press, 1978. 3 vols.), noted a relationship between material in this notebook and the poem "Song of Myself," specifically section 13, lines 237-243.

Box: 39
Folder: Literary. Rule in All Addresses.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00163
Title:  "[rule in all addresses]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A page of notes with various trial lines and ideas for poems, including "poem descriptive of a good wife," a poem beginning "What is Beauty?," and several lines of Whitmanian cataloguing.

Box: 39
Folder: Literary. 1856, Indian Theme for Poem
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00164
Title:  "[The Trapper's Bride]"
Date: 1856
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A clipping of an article entitled "The Indian in American Art" from The Crayon with a piece of paper pasted to the bottom containing an idea for a poem about Native Americans. At the top is written "The Trapper's Bride by a Baltimore artist." A date on the verso of the newspaper article indicates that the document is from 1856.

Box: 39
Folder: Literary. 1870? Airs of Lilac Time
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00145
Title:  "Airs of Lilac Time"
Date: about 1870
Physical Description: 
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A bound notebook with a title page reading "Airs of Lilac Time for 1870, '71, &c" and two pages with lists of words and a few trial lines.

Box: 39
Folder: Literary. 1871. Again Old Heart.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00619
Title:  "[for 'Again old heart so gay']"
Date: 1872
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Two pages of notes for a piece entitled "Again old heart so gay" about "the idea of constantly recurring Birth and Death." This manuscript is probably related to "By Broad Potomac's Shore," first published in 1872.

Box: 39
Folder: c. 1880, Poetry of the War At Last
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00165
Title:  "The Poetry of the War at last"
Date: about 1880
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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A draft of a prose piece entitled "The Poetry of the War at last."

Box: 39
Folder: c. 1880-81, Comrades.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00166
Title:  "[Philadelphia, Pa]"
Date: about 1880-81
Physical Description: 
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A small notebook held together by a pin with notes and trial lines for a poem about comrades.

Box: 39
Folder: Cosmic Poem
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00146
Title:  "[if there can be any such thing]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Three leaves with notes of various sorts for a "modern and original . . . cosmic poem."

Box: 40
Folder: Literary. The Voice of Walt Whitman.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00162
Title:  "[Between this beautiful]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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A draft of a poem likely relating to "Song of the Answerer" collected in a bound book of Whitman manuscripts under the general title Walt Whitman: A Series of Six Pieces, Original Holograph Manuscripts. Drafts of prose appear on the other leaves, including a draft resembling the beginning of "The Eighteenth Presidency!"

Box: 40
Folder: Model American
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00167
Title:  "[such things]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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One leaf, heavily revised, with notes about the mental and moral consciousness of states.

Box: 40
Folder: Model American
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02307
Title:  "[claims of the culturalists]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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One leaf with notes about how American life and character differs from the "claims of the culturalists."

Box: 40
Folder: Model American
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02308
Title:  "[draw a picture]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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One leaf with notes for a piece describing a "model American young man."

Box: 40
Folder: Poem of the Vision of the West
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00168
Title:  "[in the west]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Notes for a poem offering a vision of the American west centuries in the future.

Box: 40
Folder: Railroad Poem
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00147
Title:  "[Railroad poem]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Notes for several ideas for poems, including the railroad, mines, "corn and meat," and "the Man's hand and the Woman's hand." At the bottom is a longer prose note describing Whitman's goals for a large work about the American West.

Box: 40
Folder: Religion
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00170
Title:  "Rel."
Date: undated
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Two leaves of notes entitled "Rel." and discussing issues related to religion. A note in another hand in the top margin declares that the note is from before the Civil War.

Box: 40
Folder: The States and Their Resources
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00171
Title:  "[dear to me]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Draft of lines (not clear if they are lines of poetry or prose) describing the land that is "dear" to the poet.

Box: 40
Folder: These Days
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00172
Title:  "Cluster of Sonnet Poems"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Notes for a "Cluster of Sonnet Poems" about the "splendor and copiousness of These Days."

Box: 40
Folder: The Voice
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00173
Title:  "[The Voice]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Notes for a poem about the voices inside the heads of Socrates and Joan of Arc.


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Alternative Format: This collection has been microfilmed and comprises 38 microfilm reels. Digital images of some items are available in the "Manuscripts" section of the Walt Whitman Archive. The paper documents comprise 28,000 items.

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