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University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: July 2011 to present)

An Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts

Creation of finding guides to Walt Whitman's prose manuscripts held at more than 70 repositories together with images of the documents. The project would also develop an integrated guide that relates each manuscript to the work to which it contributed.

The Walt Whitman Archive ( seeks a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create item-level finding guides to Walt Whitman's prose manuscripts, which are held at more than seventy individual repositories. The finding guides will be written in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format, and we will associate with each description high-quality digital images of the manuscript material. These individual guides, linked to digital images, will then be dynamically joined in an integrated guide, using a system of identification that relates each prose manuscript to the conceptual "work" to which it contributed. When joined with the Archive's similarly implemented, award-winning guides to Whitman's poetry manuscripts, the EAD records created for Whitman's prose manuscripts in this project will provide unprecedented documentation of and access to the literary manuscripts of a major literary figure.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2015