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About this Blog: Unfolding History

Unfolding History offers readers a window into the vast manuscript holdings of the Library of Congress, whose more than 70 million items across over 12,000 collections make it one of the world’s most extensive archives related to U.S. history. Our historians, archivists and reference librarians will share stories about exciting new discoveries and items that catch their eye, and reveal what goes on behind the scenes.



Handwritten copy (with deletions crossed out and additions added) of the first few sentence of Jefferson
Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence, 1776. (Thomas Jefferson Papers/Manuscript Division)