Printed material relating to Walt Whitman

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng 1331/1
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      7 classes; 169 items.

Scope and Content

This subgroup consists of printed material collected by Sixsmith which relates in some way to Whitman's life, the critical reception of his work, and his general popularity. It includes: articles on Whitman and his work, from pieces written during his lifetime through to the 1950s; reviews of all the major biographies and studies of Whitman published after his death to the 1950s; material relating to book and manuscript sales, commemorative events and exhibitions; papers relating to Whitman's followers in Bolton; and material which contains incidental - and often very brief - references to Whitman and his work in other contexts.

The subgroup comprises cuttings from periodicals and newspapers, entire periodicals, offprints, pamphlets, and posters.


The material is arranged in classes according to subject matter, with the aim of reflecting Sixsmith's reason for retaining the items.

The classes are as follows:

  • /1 Articles on Whitman's life and work
  • /2 Notices and reviews
  • /3 Extracts from Whitman's work
  • /4 Papers relating to book and manuscript collections and sales
  • /5 Papers relating to commemorative events and exhibitions
  • /6 Miscellaneous material relating to Whitman
  • /7 Papers relating to the Bolton Walt Whitman Fellowship

Related Material

for photographs of Whitman see Eng 1331/3.