Noted poet and literary theorist Charles Olson began investigating the life and work of Herman Melville during his time as a graduate student at Wesleyan University in the 1930s. Olson began to realize then that there were hundreds of Melville's former books scattered around the country. He began to locate these books and transcribe information about each volume (including Melville's original marginalia) onto 5 x 7-inch note cards. Unfortunately, many of the note cards were damaged years later, but the University of Connecticut later purchased Olson's papers and set to work on repairing and conserving the cards. This most welcome digital collection is part of their work, and visitors with a penchant for Melville will want to browse through the hundreds of cards offered here. Each note card features a text transcription, a pdf of each card, and a zoom feature. Visitors can also manipulate the image to look at different segments, and they may also wish to perform a full-text search across all of the transcriptions.


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