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Walt Whitman: A Resource Guide

American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) revolutionized modern poetry with the publication of Leaves of Grass in 1855. Explore this guide to learn about Whitman materials available on the Library's website and in its physical collections.


The Library of Congress houses the largest archival collection of Walt Whitman materials in the world. As part of the Library's mission to make its resources available and useful to the American public, the Library has digitized a number of these materials and has also created an array of online secondary sources that highlight Whitman's life and work. This guide compiles the many Whitman resources spread throughout the Library's website. In addition, it provides links to external websites on Walt Whitman, and a selected bibliography of publications about Whitman and his writings.

Celebrate Whitman's Bicentennial at the Library of Congress

Join the Library of Congress in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth with a series of exhibits, events, and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and artifacts. #WaltWhitman200

Selected Images of Walt Whitman from the Library's Online Collections