May 16, 2022

"In Electric Discovery, Scholar Finds Trove of Walt Whitman Documents in National Archives"

From an Article in The Chronicle Of Higher Education by Jennifer Howard:

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.

Read the Complete COHE Article (It’s Worth The Time)

See Also: Announcement from National Archives (NARA)

See Also: Video About the Discovery from the National Archives
Interview with Kenneth Price

See Also: “UNL prof finds Whitman’s writing, but are they his words?” via (Lincoln Journal Star)

See Also: Kenneth Price Bio and CV






About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.