18 Million Items and Counting


August 15, 2023

Title page for Leaves of Grass
Autographed copy of a first edition of Walt Whitman’s iconic “Leaves of Grass,” inscribed to his personal friend David McCay.


This summer, the HathiTrust Digital Library achieved a remarkable milestone: 18 million items. While it’s impossible for us to identify the precise 18-millionth item,  contenders include Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (above), The Divine Fire, and a treaty between Portugal and Russia (both below). 

Other items contributed in the same time frame include texts in Arabic, German, Greek, and Japanese, as well as Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald; a 1921 handbook on agricultural marketing; a translation of Beowolf; and a 1901 comparative study of the principles of the French revolution and modern French socialism by Jessica Peixotto

Title: Leaves of Grass
Author: Whitman, Walt
Published: Philadelphia, 1900. Contributed by Harvard University (HathiTrust member since 2008).


Picture of May Sinclair

Title: The Divine Fire
Author: Sinclair, May
Published: New York, H. Holt and company, 1904.
Contributed by Harvard University (HathiTrust member since 2008).

Title page of a book on Portugal and Russian Treaty   

 Title: Tratado de commercio e navegação entre sua magestade a rainha de Portugal e dos Algarves, e sua  magestade o imperador de  todas as Russias, assignado em Lisboa pelos respectivos plenipotenciarios em 28 de fevereiro de 1851.
  Author: Portugal
  Published: Lisboa: Imprensa nacional, 1851.
  Contributed by Harvard University (HathiTrust member since 2008).