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Walt Whitman Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 80-51
Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) was a noted American poet, as well as a teacher, editor, publisher, and volunteer Civil War nurse. He was the son of Walter and Lousia Van Velsor Whitman, of New York. Whitman is probably best known for Leaves of Grass (first published in 1855).

The collection came into the possession of William Petterson's family when one of Petterson's ancestors lived next door to Walt Whitman's niece, Jessie, in Camden, N.J. Jessie presented the items as mementoes.

The collection contains correspondence from Whitman to family members and to newspapers, as well as other correspondence between members of the Whitman family. There are also several photographs of Whitman and of other family members.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1940

Condition Description

Fair to Good

Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

.25 Linear Feet