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Declaration of Independence

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Olin Library and our exhibitions, including the Declaration of Independence, are currently closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for more detailed information about the Libraries' operation. 

Video Introduction to the Declaration of Independence

Virtual Exhibit

Declaration of Independence Chamber

Declaration of Independence Exhibition in Olin Library

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled.

Photo by James Byard/Washington University in St. Louis

Declaration of Independence Exhibition in Olin Library

Southwick Broadside

Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled.

[Second Newport and 'official' Rhode Island edition]

Newport [R.I.] : Printed by S. Southwick., 1776

1 sheet (1 unnumbered page) ; 54 x 42

"Signed by order, and in behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, president. Attest. Charles Thomson, secretary." 

Text of Declaration followed by the Rhode Island General Assembly's resolution approving the Declaration and authorizing the publishing and reading of it: "State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations. In General Assembly, July Session, 1776 ... A true copy : Witness Henry Ward Sec'ry"; "State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations. In General Assembly, July 12th, 1776 ... "

Spec copy: Recto signed by Henry Ward.

Gift of Eric P. Newman.

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled. [Detail]

 

 

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled. [Detail]

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled. [Detail]

Declaration of Independence - Verso

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled. - Verso

Spec copy: Verso addressed by Ward: "For the Town clerk, Warwick"; verso also annotated: "Deeds bonds &c, Leace of Home in Schenectady"; "Declaration of Independence [January Decber?]."

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled. - Verso

Spec copy: Verso addressed by Ward: "For the Town clerk, Warwick"; verso also annotated: "Deeds bonds &c, Leace of Home in Schenectady"; "Declaration of Independence [January Decber?]."

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled.

Declaration of Independence Chamber in Olin Library

Declaration of Independence Chamber in Olin Library - [Detail of doors]