The Chief Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, issued a call to assist The Walt Whitman Archive at the University of Nebraksa-Lincoln in discovering new Walt Whitman documents. In 2011, the Archive discovered 3,000 documents penned by the famous author during his years working as a clerk in the Office of the Attorney General, and there are believed to be more of these documents hidden in archives and special collections across the country:
Please check your files for documents coming from the Office of the Attorney General from July 1865 to December 1871 and from the Office of the Solicitor of the Treasury from December 1871 to March 1873. Whitman’s handwriting is quite distinctive. Examples of his handwriting can be found in the “scribal documents” section of The Whitman Archive.