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 spring 2020, Mabbott Poe became an independent website. The migration onto a new server broke all of the links between the image repositories and the exhibits of Mabbott's research files. The exhibits were repaired in fall 2021.
In spring 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.
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.
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