DH Analysis post: Walt Whitman Archive


The home page is intuitive and simple.  Information and sections of the archive are organized coherently on the left side of the page.  The archive doesn’t overwhelm the user at the beginning and offers a straightforward way of accessing the material. The archive offers information beyond the published works such as letters, commentary, and other media. The structure is successful because it remains simple enough to be accessible, but allows for a comprehensive collection of Whitman’s works.


The archive offers the user the ability to view metadata and the raw XML interpretation of the works.  For users who are not looking for an in depth analytical experience, the archive allows for the comparison of plain text and images of the original.  The archive allows users to manipulate the original information and view the components of the archive itself.

Jack Hay and Alex Black