PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of documents apparently written by former Camden resident Walt Whitman have been discovered in our nation’s capital.

Kenneth Price, a professor at the University of Nebraska, is a Whitman expert. He said he spent hours upon hours of searching through national archives and found 3,000 previously unidentified pages in the poet’s handwriting.

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“These documents were all from his work with the attorney general’s office between 1865 and 1873,” Price said.

But only a handful had Whitman’s name written on them.

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“I could recognize his handwriting the way somebody else could recognize the handwriting of a member of their own family.”

Price said many of the pages will be scanned and posted on his website.

Reported by Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio 1060

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