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William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials, 1850-1950
0.25 Linear feet (1 half archives box)
Collection number: MA.01012

Abstract:
The collection contains assorted Whitman manuscripts, portraits, and various printed material, collected by William E. Barton. The collection also contains Barton's research notes, transcriptions, and correspondence.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

There is no restriction on access to the William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

William Eleazar Barton (1861-1930) was an American Congregational minister, lecturer, teacher, and author. He was born in Sublette, Illinois in 1861 to Jacob and Helen (Methven) Barton. After becoming ordained in 1885, Barton married Esther Treat Bushnell and became a missionary in Robbins, Tennessee. Barton served as minister in Robbins, Tennessee, then Oak Park, Illinois until his retirement in 1924. Barton died in Brooklyn, New York in 1930.

In addition to his role as a Congregational minister, Barton wrote and published numerous books. While most known for his extensive research on Abraham Lincoln, Barton appears to have collected these Walt Whitman manuscripts and related materials, perhaps while conducting research for his 1928 published volume Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman.

Scope and Contents

This collection of material created by or about Walt Whitman was compiled by William E. Barton, author of works on Walt Whitman and on Abraham Lincoln. The collection contains a small assortment of Whitman manuscripts, portraits, and various printed material. The collection also contains few items created by William E. Barton, including research notes, transcriptions, photostatic copies, and correspondence.

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This collection is organized into four series:

  • Series 1: Walt Whitman Manuscripts
  • Series 2: Walt Whitman Printed Materials
  • Series 3: Walt Whitman Portraits
  • Series 4: William E. Barton Transcriptions, Notes, and Correspondence

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on use:

There is no restriction on access to the William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

This collection was a gift of Randall Barton (AC 1937), grandson of William E. Barton, in 1968.

Custodial history:

This collection of material was compiled by William E. Barton and gifted to the Amherst College Archives by his grandson Randall Barton (AC 1937) in 1968. The material in this collection was filed in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection before being removed to form this discrete collection.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Separated Materials

John Burroughs autograph manuscript of essay "Flight of the Eagle" with emendations by Walt Whitman. Final version published as the last essay in Birds and poets (New York : Hurd and Houghton, 1877). This manuscript was also donated to the College by Randall Barton (AC 1937). This item has been separated from the collection and cataloged.
Call number: AC Archives & Special Collections PS1224. B6.


Contents List
Series 1: Walt Whitman Manuscripts



"Army hospitals and cases: memoranda at the time, 1863-'6," one leaf mounted on cardboard with typed note
[1884]

Box 1: folder 1
Envelope addressed to Thomas Donaldson
1890 June 17

Box 1: folder 2
Penciled fragment, written possibly while working on "Prayer of Columbus"
[circa 1873?]

Box 1: folder 3
Notes on writing a book, one sheet
[circa 1875?]

Box 1: folder 4
"National Literature," two fragments mounted on a single sheet
[circa 1891?]

Box 1: folder 5
Notation of page location for "Drum-Taps," one sheet
[circa 1865]

Box 1: folder 6
"Religion means degrees," one leaf fragment with notes by Barton
circa 1873

Box 1: folder 7
Notes about rorqual whales, one leaf
circa 1880

Box 1: folder 8
"Thoughts 4," one leaf manuscript of poem published in "Leaves of Grass"
circa 1860

Box 1: folder 9
"To enjoy the panorama of the sea," one leaf of prose
circa 1880

Box 1: folder 10
"Walt Whitman's Caution," one leaf manuscript of poem published in "Leaves of Grass" with typed transcription
circa 1860

Box 1: folder 11
Post card addressed to Peter Doyle
[1876] March 17

Box 1: folder 12
Letter and envelope addressed to Charles W. Eldridge
1884 May 7

Box 1: folder 13
Post card addressed to Charles W. Eldridge
1887 August 30

Box 1: folder 14
Letter and envelope addressed to Helen E. Price
1881 April 21

Box 1: folder 15
Letter to [John Camden Hotten], with typescript note
1868 March 9

Box 1: folder 16
Letter addressed to John Swinton
circa 1871

Box 1: folder 17
Post card addressed to Talcott Williams
1891 September 22

Box 1: folder 18
Series 2: Walt Whitman Printed Material



Series 2: Walt Whitman Printed Material includes galley proofs, broadsides, tear sheets, and other printing of Whitman's works.

Galley proof sheet of poem "Death of Carlyle"
circa 1881

Box 1: folder 19
Galley proof sheet containing poems "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine" and "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs"
circa 1888

Box 1: folder 20
Galley proof sheet containing a portion of poem "Fancies at Navesink" with penciled corrections in Whitman's hand
1885 May

Box 1: folder 21
Galley proof sheets of prose piece "Death of Abraham Lincoln," with envelope
circa 1870

Box 1: folder 22
Wood block printed and hand colored broadside by George Illian of poem "Poem describing a perfect school"
1923

Box 1: folder 23
Presentation page of a remembrance copy, designed to be inserted in copies of "Memoranda During the War"
1876 April

Box 1: folder 24
Galley proof sheet of an essay on Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns
circa 1882

Box 1: folder 25
Tear sheets on the death of Abraham Lincoln from "Memoranda During the War"
1875-1876

Box 1: folder 26
Tear sheet from "Leaves of Grass"
undated

Box 1: folder 27
"Death of Walt Whitman" broadside, reprinted from the Bolton Evening Guardian
1892 March 28

Box 1: folder 28
Series 3: Walt Whitman Portraits



Series 3: Walt Whitman Portraits contains illustrated and photographic images of Whitman.

Illustrated portraits, seven prints
undated

Box 1: folder 29
Photographic portraits, three prints
undated

Box 1: folder 30
Photographic portraits, eighteen prints
undated

Box 1: folder 31
Series 4: William E. Barton Transcriptions, Notes, and Correspondence



Series 4: William E. Barton Transcriptions, Notes, and Correspondence contains few items created by William E. Barton, including research notes, transcriptions, photostatic copies, and correspondence.

Biographical notes on and typescripts of letters to Lewis Kirk Brown from Walt Whitman, transcribed by unknown
circa 1920

Box 1: folder 32
Photostatic copies of assorted Whitman originals
circa 1855-1892

Box 1: folder 33
Transcriptions by unknown from third edition Leaves of Grass
circa 1930

Box 1: folder 34
William E. Barton incoming correspondence
1926-1930

Box 1: folder 35
Randall Barton notes on article about Whitman
circa 1940

Box 1: folder 36
William E. Barton notes taken from Whitman's morocco-covered notebook
circa 1930

Box 1: folder 37
William E. Barton transcription of Whitman's notes for three poems
circa 1930

Box 1: folder 38
William E. Barton notes on Mason Locke Weems
circa 1950

Box 1: folder 39

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Subjects
  • Authors, American
  • Barton, Randall (AC 1937)
  • Barton, William E. (William Eleazar), 1861-1930
  • Poets, American -- 19th century
  • Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


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