Mark your calendars--May 31st is the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman.
The DeGolyer is working with the renowned collector Robert Harris to mark the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth with a major exhibit and accompanying catalog, opening in the fall semester, 2019. Mr. Harris has selected some of the treasures from his collection, ranging from the 1855 edition of
Leaves of Grass
to a souvenir viewbook on the 1957 opening of the Walt Whitman Bridge over the Delaware River.
On display will be rare books, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, posters, and photographs, all documenting Whitman’s place in American literature and culture. We are grateful to Mr. Harris not only for his curatorial expertise and generosity in lending parts of his collection but also for his estate plans, which will keep his collection intact in the DeGolyer Library where it will be preserved for future generations.