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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary 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 Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; revised and expanded 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 with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Title: Walt Whitman Literary 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 catalog 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, three galley proofs, four prose manuscript fragments, one manuscript note to the printer, and a first-edition copy of November Boughs, inscribed by Thomas B. Harned. This catalog contains descriptions of only those items deemed poetry and/or prose manuscripts.

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



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



Whitman Archive Title: My Canary Bird
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00004
Folder: 6
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "My Canary Bird," which was first published in the New York Herald on March 2, 1888. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: Out of May's shows selected
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00005
Folder: 7
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: Paumanok
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00002
Folder: 3
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "Paumanok," which was first published in the New York Herald on February 29, 1888. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: The United States to Old World Critics
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00007
Folder: 10
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: The two songs on this page are
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00014
Folder: 14
Date: June 19, 1888
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains the footnote for poems "Now Precedent Songs, Farewell" and "An Evening Lull," first published in "Sands at Seventy," an annex of November Boughs in 1888. According to Horace Traubel, the footnote was written by Whitman on 19 June 1888 (With Walt Whitman in Camden [Boston: Small, Maynard, 1906] 1:353).



Whitman Archive Title: Then my mother hastening
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00012
Folder: 17
Date: 1883-1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains a passage that would appear in "Notes (Such as They Are) Founded on Elias Hicks"in November Boughs in 1888, which was a prefatory note for the essay "Elias Hicks."



Whitman Archive Title: True Conquerors
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00006
Folder: 9
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This is a manuscript draft of the poem, "True Conquerors," which was first published in the New York Herald on February 15, 1888. Revised and reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: While not the past forgetting
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00008
Folder: 11
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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.



Whitman Archive Title: With husky-haughty lips, O sea
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00010
Folder: 8
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [Land of the potent-large!]
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00001
Folder: 1
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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," Leaves of Grass (1881–1882).



Whitman Archive Title: [for Elias Hicks]
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00011
Folder: 11
Date: 1883-1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains a passage that would appear within the essay"Notes (Such as They Are) Founded on Elias Hicks"in November Boughs in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: an evening lull
Whitman Archive ID: unc.00009
Folder: 13
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: 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:

Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890


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