The Walter Harding Collection in the Thoreau Society Collections
Walter Harding (1917-1996)
Walter Harding (1917-1996) was one of the leading Thoreau scholars of the 20th century. Harding received his B.S. from Bridgewater State College (1939), his M.A. from the University of Chapel Hill (1947) and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University (1950). The majority of his academic career was spent at the State University of New York-Geneseo where he taught from 1956 until his retirement in 1982.
The collection of Thoreauviana built by the late Professor Harding consists of first editions and manuscripts, thousands of articles and pamphlets, art, records, microfilm and extensive correspondence from leading Thoreau scholars. It is recognized as the world’s most comprehensive research collection on Henry D. Thoreau.
Pursue, keep up with, circle round and round your life, as a dog does his master's chaise. Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 27 March 1848