American Memory:  Technical summary

Walt Whitman and 


Collection Overview

Four Walt Whitman notebooks and cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942, returned on February 24, 1995. Some of the notebooks were made during the Civil War and include notes pertaining to WW's service to wounded soldiers in hospitals.
Source collection
Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman , Manuscript Division.
LCCN mm81-045443 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will not work when main cataloging system is not available.]
Technical features
Handwritten notes, each note very short, no transcription exists, challenging pencilled writing in grayscale images.
Original material formats
Number of original items
Status of collection
Available online as of November 1997.
Public access:
The Library is not aware of any restrictions that inhibit public access to this collection. See notes on rights and restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.

Aids to intellectual access

Type & granularity
Five-entry menu (as HTML page). Each entry describes a single item.
Linking to digital reproductions
Menu invokes page-turning interface with identifier used in "directory name" for each metaobject. Numbering system and page-turning dataset in place to sequence and present page images.
Filenames indicate "in" and "out" sides of paper butterfly; filename extension differentiate types.

Digital reproductions

Total file-space for digital reproductions: 2 Gbytes

Manuscripts (documents) Archival page image Service page image Image for page-turning
Marker Filename extension ".tif" Filename extension ".jpg" Filename extension ".gif"
Formats TIFF uncompressed JPEG GIF
Tonal resolution 8 bit grayscale 8 bit grayscale 4 bit grayscale
Spatial resolution
300 dpi 150 dpi 150 dpi
Quantity (approx) 500 500 500
Sample Sample archival Sample service Sample page-turning

Ephemera Service image Inline thumbnail
Marker Filename extension ".jpg" Filename extension ".gif"
Tonal resolution 24 bit (color) 8 bit (color)
Spatialresolution 1100x981 pixels 224x200 pixels
Quantity 2 2
Sample Sample service Sample thumbnail

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