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.
In 2019, Mabbott Poe launched a TEI editions page, featuring images and electronic transcriptions of Mabbott's hand-annotated copy of James A. Harrison's The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Click on TEI editions above to explore this new extension of the resource.
As of 2019, three of Mabbott's research files are live on the site, complete with facsimiles and illuminating metadata. Digitized research files on "The Raven," "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether," and "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" are awaiting metadata and will appear over the course of the year.
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