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Declaration of Independence: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the Declaration of Independence, including government documents, manuscripts, letters, and broadsides.

Highlights include Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, a Dunlap Broadside, and the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence with the names of the signers.

Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Continental Congress

Journals of the Continental Congress

The text of the Declaration of Independence appears in the Journals of the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  Additional references to the Declaration of Independence can be found in the Journals on the following dates in 1776:

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention

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George Washington Papers

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James Madison Papers

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Printed Ephemera

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