Mabbott Poe is an online resource based on the papers of Thomas Ollive Mabbott (1898-1968), editor of the first three volumes of the Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. The centerpiece of Mabbott Poe is an exhibit of Mabbott’s research files on Poe’s works in prose and poetry. These contain many of Poe’s probable or actual sources for his tales and poems, first printings as well as reprints in their original periodicals or in facsimile, Mabbott’s as well as his wife Maureen Cobb Mabbott’s notes, and various other intriguing materials. The exhibit provides a model of primary source research, a record of the text editing process, and an ensemble of paper-based editorial materials and techniques.
As of 2018, Mabbott Poe's exhibit of Mabbott’s research files is in its early stages. Digitized research files on "The Raven," "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether," and "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" are forthcoming.
See the "About" page for a narrative of the project's origins and goals, a brief commentary on Mabbott's volumes, the project's use of Dublin Core Metadata Elements, and more.
The "Works in Progress" page features works by students and scholars that have grown out of the exhibit of Mabbott's files.
Mabbott Poe was made possible by the generous assistance of Special Collections, Main Library, The University of Iowa Libraries, and the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio at The University of Iowa.
Mabbott's Research Files