William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials
Scope and Contents
This collection of material created by or about Walt Whitman was compiled by William E. Barton, author of several works on Walt Whitman and on Abraham Lincoln. The collection contains a small assortment of Whitman manuscripts, portraits, and various printed material. The collection also contains few items created by William E. Barton, including research notes, transcriptions, photostatic copies, and correspondence.
- Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 (Author, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
There is no restriction on access to the William E. Barton Collection of Walt Whitman Materials for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
William Eleazar Barton (1861-1930) was an American Congregational minister, lecturer, teacher, and author. He was born in Sublette, Illinois in 1861 to Jacob and Helen (Methven) Barton. After becoming ordained in 1885, Barton married Esther Treat Bushnell and became a missionary in Robbins, Tennessee. Barton served as minister in Robbins, Tennessee, then Oak Park, Illinois until his retirement in 1924. Barton died in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. In addition to his role as a Congregational minister, Barton wrote and published numerous books. While most known for his extensive research on Abraham Lincoln, Barton appears to have collected these Walt Whitman manuscripts and related materials, perhaps while conducting research for his 1928 published volume Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman.
0.25 Linear feet (1/2 archives box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains assorted Whitman manuscripts, portraits, and various printed material, collected by William E. Barton. The collection also contains Barton's research notes, transcriptions, and correspondence.
This collection is organized into four series:
- Series 1: Walt Whitman Manuscripts
- Series 2: Walt Whitman Printed Materials
- Series 3: Walt Whitman Portraits
- Series 4: William E. Barton Transcriptions, Notes, and Correspondence
This collection of material was compiled by William E. Barton and gifted to the Amherst College Archives by his grandson Randall Barton (AC 1937) in 1968. The material in this collection was filed in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection before being removed to form this discrete collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was a gift of Randall Barton (AC 1937), grandson of William E. Barton, in 1968.
John Burroughs autograph manuscript of essay "Flight of the Eagle" with emandations by Walt Whitman. Final version published as the last essay in Birds and poets (New York : Hurd and Houghton, 1877). This manuscript was also donated to the College by Randall Barton (AC 1937). This item has been separated from the collection and cataloged. Call number: AC Archives & Special Collections PS1224. B6.
- Authors, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Poets, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Barton, William E. (William Eleazar), 1861-1930 (Collector, Person)
- Barton, Randall (AC 1937) (Donor, Person)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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