National Archives Announces Newly-Identified Papers of Walt Whitman

Famous poet’s writings as a Federal employee shed new light on his life and work

Washington, DC…The National Archives today announced the identification of nearly 3,000 Walt Whitman documents written during his service as a Federal government employee. This trove of information–conclusively identified as Whitman’s papers for the first time by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) scholar Kenneth Price–sheds light on the legendary poet’s post-war thinking, as well as Whitman’s published reflections on the state of the nation that soon followed. Price discusses the significance of this discovery in the National Archives “Inside the Vaults” video short. Read more here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report on the find

Reuter’s report on the find

Did you know that Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections has several of Whitman’s works? These include various editions of Leaves of Grass, an 1887 edition of Specimen Days in America, and an 1892 edition of Autobiographia, or, The Story of a Life.

Why not visit us today? We’re located on the second floor of the Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.