History’s Most Distinguished Literary Hair

Walt Whitman

Lock of hair from Walt Whitman, May 7, 1891. From the Walt Whitman Papers within the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at the New York Public Library. Photo credit: Elena Parker

The Walt Whitman collection contains nearly 35 of Whitman’s manuscripts, or manuscript fragments, and 13 manuscripts relating to Whitman. There are also roughly 200 letters and notes written and signed by Whitman, 150 postal cards, 70 letters written to Whitman, and 30 letters regarding him.