This digital collection was launched to accompany the 2009 Poe Bicentennial exhibition, From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe. It incorporates images of all of Poe's manuscripts and letters at the Ransom Center (linked to transcriptions by the Poe Society of Baltimore) with a selection of related archival materials, two books by Poe annotated by the author, sheet music based on his poems, and portraits from the Ransom Center collections.
Most of the items in the collection once belonged to William H. Koester (1888-1964). Koester, a resident of Baltimore, began collecting first editions and manuscripts of Poe in the 1930s; his major acquisition was the collection of the Richmond Poe scholar and collector J. H. Whitty. In addition to the manuscripts of The Domain of Arnheim, The Spectacles, and some of Poe's most famous poems, the Koester collection includes correspondence, books belonging to Poe (including the author's annotated copies of several works), and a large group of sheet music for songs based on Poe's poetry. The Koester Collection was acquired by the Center in 1966.
The original materials in the Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection are free of known copyright restrictions.
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