The Days of Walter Harding, Thoreau Scholar is a project of Digital Thoreau and is managed entirely by students at SUNY Geneseo with the guidance of Digital Thoreau director and Professor of English Paul Schacht.
A pioneering scholar of the works of American Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau; a founding member, in 1941, of the Thoreau Society; and the author of the influential biography The Days of Henry Thoreau (1966), Walter Harding taught in SUNY Geneseo's English department from 1956 to 1982. At his retirement, he held the highest ranks awarded to a SUNY faculty member, Distinguished Professor and University Professor. He was the first SUNY faculty member to be awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters.
The Days of Walter Harding, Thoreau Scholar uses documents from the Harding collections at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library and the Thoreau Institute Library of the Walden Woods Project to explore Harding's lifelong engagement with Thoreau's thought and writings, particularly as that engagement intersected with Harding's life as a member of the SUNY Geneseo community.
Walter Harding was an advocate for social change during the tumultuous 1960s on campus at the State University at Geneseo...