Have you gone to see the NYPL’s copy of the Declaration of Independence yet? We’ve just added some extended hours for your viewing pleasure!
Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.
I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.
Thomas Jefferson, 1822
This quote from one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, is displayed above the fireplace in the Wachenheim Trustees Room on the second floor of the main library. Today, a copy of the Declaration of Independence written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand sits next to this fireplace. Today is the last day you can see this copy of the Declaration of Independence and an original copy of the Bill of Rights! You have until 4pm today (but must be on the line by 3!) to visit the Trustee’s Room and view these historic documents!
We give you: the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Click through to see all four pages. (Apologies for the fuzzy quality of the images.)
Amazing, right? This artifact is in the NYPL’s Thomas Addis Emmet Collection, which contains several thousand original prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book illustrations relating to early American history, primarily from the period leading to the American Revolution through the early years of the nation.
In an NYPL blog post, Thomas Lannon, assistant curator of the Manuscripts & Archives Division, gives a history of this copy of the Declaration and explains how the Library came to own it.
Happy Independence Day!
Thomas Jefferson’s words speak the truth on the New York City streets! Check out this quote from Library Way, otherwise known as 41st Street, between Park and Fifth Avenues, in Manhattan! The sidewalks on both the north and south sides house 96 plaques with thought-provoking statements from famous writers. The Grand Central Partnership created Library Way, officially dedicated on May 24, 2004. But we helped out a little (as did the property owners and commercial tenants, and NYC’s Department of Transportation). Ah, inspiration!