Guide to the Will S. Monroe Collection on Walt Whitman, 1928-1930

Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Will S. Monroe Collection on Walt Whitman, 1928-1930

Collection number: M0117

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Date Completed:
ca. 1967
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Will S. Monroe Collection on Walt Whitman,
Date (inclusive): 1928-1930
Collection number: Special Collections M0117
Creator: Monroe, Will S., 1863-1939.
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


Gift of Will S. Monroe.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Will S. Monroe Collection on Walt Whitman, M0117, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Will Monroe was born in Hunlock, Pennsylvania on March 22, 1863. He received his A.B. from stanfora in 1894, he also attended the Universities of Jenna in Paris, Leipzig, and Grenoble. He was a teacher and principal in public schools in Pennsylvania and California and a professor of psycology at Mass. State Normal School. He lectured at Columbia and the University of Chicago. Will Monroe was a member of the International Jury of Education He was editor of Monroe's Cyclopedia of Education. He wrote a number of books--many about foreign countries. His home was in [UNK], Vermont where he died in 1939.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of notes and correspondences to and from will S. Monroe in preparation of a book he was going to call Walt Whitman and his Contemporaries. The notes are largely concerned with Whitman's contemporary authors and quotes from them on Whitman. The correspondence is to and from librarians etc. and relatives of people who knew Whitman well and deals with Monroe's attempts to gather information on Whitman.
Included in the collection is a book of Monree's with notes in it called Our Ababy Palm Strings by J. Sneaton Chase and some negative glass slides of Whitman's funeral.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1



To Monroe from: Harold Blodgett , Clara Barrus Clifton J. Furness, Emmery Holloway, Henry S. Sanders, Charles J. Glicksberg.

Physical Description: (8)
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Physical Description: (7)
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number in (): number of items
Box 1, Folder 2

From Monroe to: Blodgett, Beith, Barrus, Bailie, Berenson, Brown, Catel, Clifford, Eyre, Ellis, Elton, Farness, Green, Heaton, Horris Livezey, LondonTimes Editor, Saunders, Schuyberg, Stewart, Traubel, Whiteside.

Physical Description: (3)
Physical Description: (4)
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Box 1, Folder 3

Notes and Correspondence


1. Clipping-- Walt Whitman section: The brooklyn Deily Eagle May 31, 1919(looth birthday)


2. Wm D. O'Conner notes and letter to Monroe from Grace Elley Channing Feb 18, 1929


3. Notes on Joaquin Miller


4. Letter to Monroe from Edith Trowbridge Von Baur concerning five Walt Whitman letters to her father.


5. Copies:


Letter J.T. Trowbridge to W.D. O'Conner


Letter W.D. O'Conner to J.T.Trowbridge


To the editor concerning Walt whitman


The Soldiers etc 1865by Walt Whitman

Box 1, Folder 4

Notes about: Sidney Lanier, Howard Horace Furness, George H. Boker, Carles G. Leland, Edwin O. Grover (letter), W.S. Kennedy


Letters to Monroe from: Harrison Morris, Mary Kennedy Foote, Florance H. Crowell,

Physical Description: (7)
Physical Description: (3)

C Chambers Blaisdell.

Box 1, Folder 5

Notes about: Bronson Alcott, Edward E. Hale, Emerson, Thoreau, Frank S. Sanborn, Talcott Williams.


Letters to Monroe from: Dorothea Blaisdell, Thomas B. Donaldson

Physical Description: (2)
Physical Description: (5)
Box 1, Folder 6

Notes about: R. U. Johnson, T. B. Aldrich, J. R. Lowell, J. G. Holland and quote copied to Richard Gilder, W.D. Howells, Longfellow, Bayard Taylor, William Winter, George H. Palmer, Charles E. Norton, Hamlen Garland, John Boyle O'Reilley, Horace? Scudder, George F. Lathrop, E.C. Stedman, Charles Warren Stoddard, R.H. Stoddard, Robert Underward Johnson.

Box 1, Folder 7

From England


Notes about: Robert Buchanon, Roden Noel, William Michael Rossitti, York Powell, John Addington, Symonds, Moncure D. Conway, Emily Faithful, Frederick Locker, Wm, Morris, G.C. Macaulay

Box 1, Folder 8

Notes about: Edward Carpenter, Mrs. Anne Gilcrest, William Bell Scott, Henry S. Salt


Corresp. to Monroe concerning Capenter: Henry W. Hevison, Gilbert Beith, Rollo G. Silver, Leonard D. Abbott, Helen Tufts Bailie, J. William Lloyd, Henry Salt

Box 1, Folder 9

Notes about: Swineburne, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Austin, Peter Bayne, Robert L. Stevenson, John C. Bailey, Haverlock Ellis, John Freeman


Letters to Monroe from: John C. Bailey, Haverlock Ellis

Box 1, Folder 10

Notes about: Ernest Rhys, Edmund Grosse, Tenneson, Lionel Johnson, Rannell Rodd, C. Oscar Gridley, Edwin Arnold, Fredrik Myers, Lord Houghton, Justin McCarthy, John Morley, Edmund Yates.


Letters to Monroe from: James Remnell Rodd, Rose Macalay, Michael Grosse, Harold Blodgett, Edwin Myers, Francis Clarke, Margaret Clifford, O. Murry Brown, Elizabeth W. Mallet, Rollbrook Johnson, Margaret Barton, P.J. Dobell.

Box 1, Folder 11

Corresp. and clippings concerning the Lancaster-Whitman Fellowship. Letters to Monroe from: Fred Nightgale, Fred Wild, will Hays, Minnie Whiteside, Arthur H. Ransome, John Ormod, W.A.H. Rinson, Emily Grace Allingham

Box 1, Folder 12

Copied of English Press notices

Box 2, Folder 13

From Ireland Notes about: Edward Dowden, T.W. Rolleston, Standish O'Grady (and photo), Ramsey Coller,


Correspondence to Monroe from: Maud Rolleston, Elizabeth D. Dowden, W.S.W. Eyre, Margaret O'Grady, D.H. Todhunter.

Box 2, Folder 14

From Austrialia and New Zealand letters from: J. Macmillan Brown, Dorothy H. Stewart, Fred Schuyberg and notes on Francis Adams.


From Norway, Sweden, and Denmark notes concerning Whitman's work in those countries--translations etc/


From Holland--notes on Whitman


From Belgium and Switzerland--notes on Whitman

Box 2, Folder 15

From France: notes and letters to Monroe from V.S. Falgette, Jean Catel, C. Cestre


From Italy: copies of Whitman's letters to M.W. Smith

Box 2, Folder 16

From Spain and Spanish America letters from A. Torre-Rioseco, Alfred Coester, and notes


From Germany and Austria letters from Carl Federn and Johannes Toklaf and notes


From Hungary letter from D. Paul Gulyás, and notes


From Bulgaria letter from R.H. Marbel and notes


From Poland letter from W. Borowy and notes


From Russia letters from Mary Kelsey and Lucy L.W. Wilson

Box 2, Folder 17

Notes on Whitman's views of:


1. his contemporaries (Matthew Arnold, Dr. Johnson, George Sand, Stevenson, Browning, Shakespear, Bryant, Hawthorn, Poe, Shelly and Keats, Longfellow, Standish O'Grady, George Riley, Lowell, E.C. Stedman, Edmond Grosse)


2. Oriental Influences


3. Religious views


4. Philosophy

Box 2, Folder 18

Bibliographical and misc. noten and clippings concerni Whitman

Box 2, Folder 19

Miss. notes including on Walt Whitman by Santayana, James Harlan, Helen Keller.


Letters to Monroe from: Don C. Seitz, [Patrick R. Newton] Charles F. Sixsmith, Consul General of Czechoslovakia, Mrs. Frank J. Spraug (Harriet) Charlotte Endynion Porter, Henry Hazlitt, Charles W. Bunton, W. W. [Guthree], Florence Finch Kelly, Russell Gerould, Willian E. Barton, Gamaliel Bradford, Wallace B. Nichols, Henry Raymond Mussy, Sidney, E. Morse, David McAlpin, howard Judson Hall

Box 2, Folder 20

Whitman in World Literature translation of a work by Schyberg (Chpt. 4) by Mrs. G.W. Allen typescript

Box 2, Folder 21

The Sleepers a poem by walt whitman, limited printing

Physical Description: 250- copies
Box 2, Folder 22

Our Ababy Palm Springs by J. Smeaton Chase with notes by Monroe and a photograph of him

Box 2, Folder 23

Glass slides with negatives of Whitman's funeral etc.