Thursday, July 7, 2011

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence at the Dallas Public Library

The holiday may have passed but the spirit of Independence Day lives year-round at the Dallas Public Library downtown, where one of only 26 remaining copies of this extraordinary document resides. After revising Thomas Jefferson's rough draft, the Continental Congress ordered that the Declaration of Independence be published on July 4th, 1776. The task was carried out that night by John Dunlap who owned a print shop in Philadelphia. The next morning, around 200 copies of the "Dunlap Broadsides" were distributed by members of Congress to various officials and military commanders throughout the colonies. One copy was sent to George Washington, which he ordered to be read aloud to his troops. The copy owned by the City of Dallas  was discovered in a book store in Philadelphia in 1968. Its historical significance is truly great and it can be seen on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1515 Young St.

 Article from the Dallas Morning News: First-edition copy of the Declaration of Independence is one of Dallas' undiscovered treasures 

Additional information from World Digital Library and The National Archives

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