• This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng 1186/5/22
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      13 pieces. All letters consist of 1 sheet of paper, except 1186/5/22/1-3, 5-7, 10 & 11 (2 sheets), and 4 (3 sheets).

Scope and Content

Letters from Frank Bain [a Whitman enthusiast based in Toronto, Canada]. These letters illustrate the close links between admirers of Whitman in America, Canada and Britain: the Bains were in contact with Minnie, John Ormrod and other members of the Bolton group, the surviving Traubels, and many researchers and Whitmanites in Canada and the USA. Topics covered include: Caroline Eccles' memoir of Wallace received from John [Ormrod], which Bain will probably donate to the great Whitman collection at Brooklyn College (5/22/1); reminiscences of the Bains' visit to Anderton (5/22/1); material sent to Bain by Minnie in 1953, including items on Wallace and Horace Traubel (5/22/2); letters received from Gertrude Traubel (5/22/2); reviews of the 4th volume of Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden (5/22/2); Willie Roy, whose grandson is studying in Europe and would like to visit Minnie and the Ormrods on the way back to America (5/22/3-6); the death of Charles Sixsmith (5/22/5 & 6); Bain's friendship with [Albert] Aylward [another Canadian Whitmanite] (5/22/5, 11 & 12); material sent to Bain and Aylward by Minnie in 1954 and 1955 (5/22/7 & 9); Charles Feinberg [American collector of Whitmaniana who set up collections in many libraries] and his activities (5/22/7, 10 & 11); the death of Anne Traubel (5/22/8 & 11); Leaves of Grass centenary events in 1955 (5/22/9); the Whitman collection in the Bolton Library (5/22/10); a memorial to Horace and Anne Traubel at the Library of Congress in Washington, (5/22/12); Minnie's marriage [to Edward Bull] in 1957 (5/22/13).

5/22/6 includes a postcard sent to Bain by Willie Roy.

1186/5/22/1, 3, 4-6, 8, & 10-13 include envelopes; 9-12 are in pencil


In 1186/5/22/2 an enclosed photograph of the Bains is mentioned but this is not included here; it was possibly separated from the letter and placed with the other photographs (see 1186/11/2/2).