Most of the Whitman book and manuscript materials were acquired in the mid-1950s as part of the T.E. Hanley Library and supplemented by the 1959 purchase of over 500 volumes collected by John G. Moore.
Highlights include first editions of all of Whitman's works, including seven copies of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), one of which is signed by Whitman. A copy of the "Author's Edition" of Leaves of Grass (1876) contains an inscription by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and many manuscript notations by Whitman, and there is a particularly fine association copy of Specimen Days and Collect (1882-1883), with a long, intimate inscription by Whitman to his friend Peter Doyle.
The Reading Room Will Be Closed:
December 22–January 1
Monday, January 21
Monday, May 27
Thursday, July 4
Always closed on Sundays