Original finding aid completed 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 George S. Hellman Collection, The Library of Congress
MS Number: N/A
Creator: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Repository: Manuscripts Division, The Library of Congress
The George S. Hellman Collection holds several Whitman items including rough drafts for poems, essays and a memorial address about Abraham Lincoln, as well as newspaper clippings and hospital notes. For this electronic finding aid, only those objects deemed poetry manuscripts have been described at the item-level.
Subjects: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892; Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts; Poets, American--19th century;
Rough draft of a poem entitled "My Own Poems." This draft was published posthumously as "My Own Poems."
Rough draft of a poem entitled "To the Soul" . These lines appear to be very early ideas connected with the poem first published as "Come, said my Soul" in the Christmas number of the New York Daily Graphic, December 1874, then in the New York Tribune, February 19, 1876. This poem, signed by Whitman, became the title-page epigraph of Leaves of Grass, 1876 and 1891-2. The verso is blank.
Experimental lines and phrases for a poem, beginning "Union Union!" and bearing an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work. On the verso is a title reading "Old Time Gleanings" with the subtitle "Reminiscences, Gossip, Traditions, &c. of the Delaware river, Camden, and New Jersey generally."
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Repository Contact Information:
Manuscripts Division, The Library of Congress
Room LM101, James Madison Building
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4680