Kenneth M. Price, a professor of English and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, uncovered the 3,000 or so documents over the last couple of years at the Archives. David S. Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, described the find as “an astonishing discovery,” one that will help scholars understand Whitman’s post-Civil War creative work and his nonfiction writings on democracy—Democratic Vistas, for example. The announcement was timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the day shots were fired on Fort Sumter, in South Carolina, in the opening hostilities of the Civil War.
As many as 2,000 of the Whitman documents will be digitized and published later this year, with the help of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The Whitman Archive has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, most recently to help it publish all of Whitman’s Civil War-era writings.
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Interview with Kenneth Price
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