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Guide to the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Walt Whitman Papers, General and Literary Manuscripts, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Original records created by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, based on information from Manuscripts Department, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Encoded Archival Description completed through the assistance of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Title: Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Walt Whitman Papers, General and Literary Manuscripts, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Collection Number: 12010


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Repository: Walt Whitman Papers, General and Literary Manuscripts

Abstract:
This electronic finding aid was created from digital images of the original manuscripts and from cataloguing information obtained by the Walt Whitman Archive from the Manuscripts Department, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the original manuscripts are held.

Scope and Content: 
The Walt Whitman Papers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contains ten poetry manuscripts (described below), three galley proofs, four manuscript prose fragments, one manuscript note to the printer, and a first-edition copy of November Boughs, inscribed by Thomas B. Harned.

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

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


Series Description and Item Lists


Folder: 1
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00001
Title:  "[Land of the potent-large!]"
Date: undated
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This manuscript includes a fragment of a poem, approximately seven lines, that is possibly from an early draft of "As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free," a poem Whitman originally wrote for the June 1872 Dartmouth College commencement exercises. This poem was later revised and published as "Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood."

Folder: 3
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00002
Title:  "Paumanok"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "Paumanok," which was first published in the New York Herald on February 29, 1888.

Folder: 5
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00003
Title:  "A font of type"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "A Font of Type," which was first published in November Boughs in 1888.

Folder: 6
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00004
Title:  "My Canary Bird"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "My Canary Bird," which was first published in the New York Herald on March 2, 1888.

Folder: 7
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00005
Title:  "Out of May's shows selected"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "Out of May's Shows Selected," which was first published in the New York Herald on May 10, 1888.

Folder: 8
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00010
Title:  "With husky-haughty lips, O sea"
Date: about 1884
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!," which was first published in Harper's Monthly in March 1884.

Folder: 9
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00006
Title:  "True Conquerors"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "True Conquerors," which was first published in the New York Herald on February 15, 1888.

Folder: 10
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00007
Title:  "The United States to Old World Critics"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "The United States to Old World Critics," which was first published in the New York Herald on May 8, 1888.

Folder: 11
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00008
Title:  "While not the past forgetting"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "While Not the Past Forgetting." Whitman claimed that the poem was published on May 30, 1888, though no copy of such a version has yet been located. The poem was published in November Boughs in 1888.

Folder: 13
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00009
Title:  "an evening lull"
Date: about 1888
Physical Description: 1 leaf
View Images:  1 
This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "An Evening Lull," which was first published in November Boughs in 1888.


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Repository Contact Information:
Walt Whitman Papers, General and Literary Manuscripts
Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890


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