An Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman’s Dispersed Manuscripts

Finding aids for approximately 35 different Whitman collections in repositories within the U.S. and Europe were integrated into a single guide using Encoded Archival Description (EAD), eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML), and eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) 2.0. The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and in 2006, received the CFW Coker Award of the Society of American Archivists for innovation in archival description.

You can find the Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman’s Dispersed Manuscripts on the Walt Whitman Archive.

Project Directors

Katherine Walter, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Kenneth Price, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Project Team at University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Brett Barney
Mary Ellen Ducey
Andrew Jewell
Brian Pytlik Zillig


Daniel Pitti, IATH
Terence Catapano, Columbia
Kristi Kiesling, University of Texas at Austin
Ed Folsom, University of Iowa

Other Advisory Board members

Heike Kordish, New York Public Library
Anne Van Camp, Research Libraries Group
Stephen Hensen, Duke University
John Unsworth, IATH


Brett Barney, Mary Ellen Ducey, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth M. Price, Brian Pytlik Zillig, and Katherine Walter, "Ordering Chaos: An Integrated Guide and Online Archive of Walt Whitman's Poetry Manuscripts," Literary and Linguistic Computing, v. 20, no. 2, June 2005, pp. 205-217.

Katherine L. Walter and Kenneth M. Price, "An Online Guide to Walt Whitman's Dispersed Manuscripts," Library Hi Tech, v. 22, no. 3, 2004, pp. 277-282.


Terry Catapano, Kenneth Price, and Katherine Walter, Association for Computers and the Humanities/Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, Victoria, British Columbia, 2005.

Terry Catapano, Kenneth Price, and Katherine Walter, Society of American Archivists Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2005.

Katherine Walter, IMLS WebWise Conference 2006, Los Angeles, CA.