Articles and Essays

  • Poet at Work: Notebooks in the Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers In this essay, originally written for the 1995 online release of the four recovered Whitman notebooks, Alice L. Birney, American Literature Specialist, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, describes the larger body of Whitman notebooks and how the poet used them to capture his thoughts and words.
  • Missing Whitman Notebooks Found in New York Article by Gail Fineberg, reprinted from the Library of Congress Gazette, February 24, 1995, describing the discovery and return after more than fifty years of the four missing Walt Whitman notebooks and cardboard butterfly.
  • The Conservation of Whitman Notebooks Short photo essay adapted from the Library of Congress Gazette, March 24, 1995, showing the repair and conservation work performed on the recovered notebooks. All photographs were taken by Merrilee Love Oliver except the first one.
  • Preservation and Initial Scanning of the Whitman Notebooks Article by Gail Fineberg, reprinted from the Library of Congress Gazette, March 24, 1995, describing the conservation work on the four recovered Whitman notebooks and the planning for the initial scanning of these four volumes in 1995 at the start of the National Digital Library initiative.
  • Timeline A chronology of key events in the life of Walt Whitman.