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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Huntington Public Library, Huntington, New York

Original records created by the Huntington Public Library; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Title: Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Huntington Public Library, Huntington, New York

Collection Number: R B WHITMAN

Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Repository:  Huntington Public Library

This catalog was created, in part, from digital images of the original manuscripts obtained by The Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalog records are held at the Huntington Public Library.

Scope and Content: 
The Huntington Public Library in Huntington, New York, has four items written by Walt Whitman: a letter, a postcard, a poetry manuscript (with a verso letter), and a prose manuscript. This catalog includes item-level descriptions of only the poetry and 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.

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

Whitman Archive Title: We know of no beginning in universal literature
Whitman Archive ID: hpl.00002
Date: about 1856
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View images: 1
Content: Draft of unpublished prose work regarding the beginnings of "universal literature." Pasted to the page is a clipping from an unknown newspaper with the heading "Greeks, Romans, Hebrews." This document has been titled by other collectors "The Dawn of Poetry" (Charles E. Feinberg) and "Beginning of Literature, 1856" (Richard Maurice Bucke). The relationship of this document to Whitman's published work is unknown. An image of the verso is unavailable.

Whitman Archive Title: Yet far sweeps your road
Whitman Archive ID: hpl.00001
Date: 1864
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View images: 1 | 2
Content: A draft of the poem eventually titled "Thick-Sprinkled Bunting," first published in Drum-Taps in 1865 as "Flag of stars, thick-sprinkled bunting." On the reverse is an undated letter draft to an unknown editor regarding Whitman's ambition to "start a public demand for the general exchange of prisoners of war."

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Repository Contact Information:

Huntington Public Library
338 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743


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