There’s still a few days left to see a rare original handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence at the New York Public Library. The historic document, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson, is on display through Thursday, July 3rd only.
The Declaration itself was completed on July 1, but before it was ratified on July 4, Jefferson wrote out several copies of his original text of the document and sent them to friends.
NYPL’s copy is one of only two that have survived intact. Four of the five handwritten pages are on view, and still readable.
The Declaration of Independence is on display at the Main Branch of the NYPL, at 42nd St. and Fifth Avenue, in the building guarded by those two stone lions. It’s downstairs, in a rotunda by the gift shop.