Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays -- Henry Scholey Saunders Whitman Collection

Walt Whitman



The Collection

The holdings of Walt Whitman editions, and supportive critical and biographical materials, are among the most extensive of the Harris Collection's holdings.  The online catalog lists 1,407 separate entries.
In addition there is the Henry Scholey Saunders Collection, consisting of approximately 15,000 items related to Whitman in the form of scrapbooks compiled over many decades.

Notable items in the collection include four copies of the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass (two of the first issue and two of the second issue).  Of these one copy of the first issue is known to have been Whitman's "desk copy", and includes numerous items pasted in by Whitman, specifically the scarce broadside printing of Emerson's letter to Whitman, and galley proofs of early reviews of Leaves of Grass (written by Whitman himself.)  There are copies of every edition of Leaves of Grass published during Whitman's lifetime, many with interesting associations.  For example, the 1867 edition is Whitman's inscribed presentation copy to Providence poet Sarah Helen Whitman, who was famously courted in 1848 by Edgar Allan Poe.

These editions are complemented by holdings of the John Hay Collection, including a copy of the 1891/2 "Deathbed" edition, inscribed to John Hay by Walt Whitman, at the request of Horace Traubel, on the day before Whitman's death.

The Saunders Collection, acquired from the Toronto "Whitmanite" in the 1930s included not only the extensive scrapbooks cited above, but many editions, translations, biographies, musical settings, and other works related to Whitman.  It also included Saunders' many handmade books, including his Whitman Portraits, and Portraits of Whitmanites.

Manuscript holdings include Whitman's review of The Anthony Memorial,  published in 1886 as the first catalog of what came to be the Harris Collection.  And, also as part of the John Hay Collection, there is the fair copy of "O Captain My Captain", written by Whitman at Hay's request;  the manuscript is accompanied by related correspondence.

The holdings of Whitman have been added to steadily throughout the 20th century and into the present day;  new editions, critical and biographical works, and fine printing are regularly added to the holdings.

Related Collections:

Manuscripts Collection
Henry Scholey Saunders Whitman Collection

Related Internet Resources:

Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection
American Memory, Library of Congress

Walt Whitman: Online Resources at the Library of Congress
Library of Congress

Walt Whitman Archive
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

MS Lowell 15. Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. Passage to India : autograph manuscript; Washington, 1870. 21s. (21p.)
Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Walt Whitman
Academy of American Poets

Essential References:
Whitman Bibliography
Whitman Editions

Whitman History and Criticism
Saunders Whitman Collection

Whitman Bibliography

Allen, Gay Wilson, 1903-
Walt Whitman as man, poet, and legend. With a check list of Whitman publications, 1945-1960, by Evie Allison Allen.
Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press [1961]
HAY HARRIS WW Z5 A526wm

Allen, Gay Wilson, 1903-
Walt Whitman bibliography, 1918-1934, by Gay Wilson Allen.
Boston, The F.W. Faxon Company, 1935.
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 A43 1918-'34

Boswell, Jeanetta, 1922-
Walt Whitman and the critics : a checklist of criticism, 1900-
1978
/ by Jeanetta Boswell.
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, c1980.
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 B747w

Gibson, Brent.
An annotated Walt Whitman bibliography, 1976-1985 .
Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2001.
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 G53

Myerson, Joel.
Walt Whitman : a descriptive bibliography.
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 M99w

Tanner, James T. F., 1937-
Walt Whitman; a supplementary bibliography, 1961-1967, by James T. F. Tanner.
[1st ed.
Kent, Ohio] Kent State University Press [1968]
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 T167

Wells, Carolyn, d. 1942,
A concise bibliography of the works of Walt Whitman, with a supplement of fifty books about Whitman, by Carolyn Wells and Alfred F. Goldsmith.
New York, B. Franklin [1968]
HAY HARRIS 1-SIZE WW Z2 W45 1968

Whitman at auction, 1899-1972 / compiled by Gloria A. Francis, Artem Lozynsky ; introd. by Charles E. Feinberg.
Detroit : Gale Research Co., [c1978]
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 W613

Whitman Editions

Miller, Edwin Haviland.
Walt Whitman's correspondence; a checklist, by Edwin H. Miller and Rosalind S. Miller.
New York, New York Public Library, 1957.
HAY HARRIS 1-SIZE WW Z2 M54

Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.
The complete writings of Walt Whitman. Issued under the editorial supervision of his literary executors, Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas B. Harned, and Horace L. Traubel; with additional bibliographical and critical material prepared by Oscar Lovell Triggs, Ph.D. 10 vols.
New York London, G. P. Putnam's sons [1902]
HAY HARRIS WW A1 1902


Whitman History and Criticism

Allen, Gay Wilson, 1903-
The new Walt Whitman handbook
New York : New York University Press, 1975.
xxi, 423 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
HAY HARRIS WW Z6 A42 1975

Allen, Gay Wilson, 1903-
Twenty-five years of Walt Whitman bibliography, 1918-1942.
Boston, The F. W. Faxon Company, 1943..
HAY HARRIS WW Z2 A43 1918-42

Kummings, Donald D.
Walt Whitman, 1940-1975 : a reference guide.
Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, c1982.
HAY HARRIS 1-SIZE Ref WW Z2 K965w

Saunders, Henry Scholey, 1864-1951.
A gift of unrivalled Whitmania [with Remarks of Mr. Saunders]
In: Brown alumni monthly. Providence, R.I., 1932. 30 cm. July-Sept., 1932. p. 45-57.
HAY HARRIS 1-SIZE WW Z2 S254


Saunders Whitman Collection

Saunders, Henry Scholey, 1864-1951.
Collection of Walt Whitman, 1877-1950.
Approximately 15,000 items.
Bibliographies, correspondence, drawings, lectures, photographs, scrapbooks, etc., relating to Walt Whitman, to Whitmanites, and to Whitmanists; with references, indexing, bindings, and other
original work by Saunders. Stored off site: cannot be seen at the Library without making an
appointment. Typescript inventory in library.
ANNEX HAY Ms. 81.5


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