Catalogs of Manuscripts at Individual Repositories

Catalog of a Walt Whitman Prose Manuscript in the New-York Historical Society Manuscripts Collection (AHMC)

Original records created by the Walt Whitman Archive based upon information from the repository. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Title: Walt Whitman Prose Manuscript in the New-York Historical Society Manuscripts Collection (AHMC)

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Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Repository:  New-York Historical Society

This catalog was created from catalogue records created by the New-York Historical Society Library, and obtained by the Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalogue records are held at the New-York Historical Society Library.

Scope and Content: 
The New-York Historical Society Library contains four pieces of Whitman's correspondence, as well as one prose manuscript. Only the prose manuscript is described in this catalog.

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: Still the rule and demesne
Whitman Archive ID: nyh.00007
Repository Title: Walt Whitman photograph and autograph fragment, approximately 1881, 1910.
Repository ID: MS 2958.9805
Date: 1880-1881
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This prose manuscript fragment appears to be an early draft of lines that appear in the essay "The Poetry of the Future" first published in the February 1881 issue of The North American Review. Whitman revised and republished it several times. In Specimen Days & Collect (1883) the essay was titled "Poetry To-Day in America—Shakspere—the Future." The draft fragment is written on a small piece of paper that is pasted on a separate leaf below a portrait of Whitman. Since the manuscript was pasted down, an image of the verso is unavailable. The verso of the portrait includes a handwritten note from Horace Traubel presenting the portrait and manuscript to Frank and Mildred Bain.

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Repository Contact Information:

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, New York 10024


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