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Walt Whitman, 1819-1892
Literary File, Photography Collection

316 items (2 boxes)

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Susan McClellan, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None


Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Walt Whitman Literary File consists of 316 items, the majority of which are portraits of Whitman at various ages. There are also views of places associated with him, as well as several portraits of Horace Traubel and a portrait by Elliott and Fry of Rudyard Kipling, signed and inscribed to "Sitting Fox" (P34). An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this collection. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.


Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
PH:LF:Whitman, W., Box 1 P1A-P1E, P2-P4, P5A-P5C, P6, P7A-P7B, P8A-P8B, P10-P11, P12A-P12B, P13, P14A-P14B, P15A-P15B, P16-P20, P22-P23, P24A-P24B, P25-P28, P31-P34, P35A-P35B, P36-P47, P53-P58Chiefly portraits of Whitman alone at various ages, and views of places associated with him; also includes portraits of Whitman with Harold and Kitty Johnston as children (P25-P26) and with "Warry" (P27), as well as portraits of Rudyard Kipling (P34), John G. Moore (P35A-P35B), and Horace Traubel (P31-P33, P57) (photographic prints).
PH:LF:Whitman, W., Box 2 982:0034:0034-0038; 997:0105:0061, 0080, 0562-0592; 999:0036:0115-0116 Portraits of Whitman alone at various ages, and views of places associated with him (photographics prints and negatives).
PH:LF:OV Box, Small P9Portrait of Whitman (photographic print).
PH:LF:Artifacts Box P21 Portrait of Whitman (copper plate on wooden block).
PH:LF:Albums:Whitman, W., 1 [unnumbered; was P29]101 BW photographic prints; all portraits of Whitman; album compiled, annotated, indexed, bound, numbered (28), and signed by Henry S. Saunders.
PH:LF:Albums:Whitman, W., 2 [unnumbered; was P30]111 BW photographic prints; all portraits of Whitman divided into 5 groups (alone without hat, alone with hat, with other people, busts, caricatures); typed annotations with handwritten corrections (14 p., tipped in at back); compiled by Henry S. Saunders and presented to Leon Bazalgette, September 1912 as the 5th of 7 sets (cf. inscription on inside front cover).
PH:FC-01:DR-04 P32Portrait of Horace Traubel (glass negative; same number as corresponding photographic print in Box 1).


Index of Photographers

Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896--P18
Cox, George Collins, 1851-1903--P13, P14A-P14B, P15A-P15B; 982:0034:0038
De Morat--P31
Elliott and Fry (Firm)--P34
Gutekunst, Frederick, 1831-1917--P9, P16
Helga Photo Studio--P24B
Malone, Bill--P38
O'Donovan, William Rudolph, 1844-1920--P19
Pearsall, G. Frank E., fl. ca. 1860s-1890s--P1, P3-P4; 982:0034:0035
Phillips & Taylor--P5A-P5C
Rockwood, George Gardner, 1832-1911--P56
Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896--P54-P55
Traubel, Gertrude--P33
Warren, W. Shaw--P7A


Walt Whitman Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 27 June 2007)

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