Yale University Library News

Historic Documents Displayed for Independence Day

An 1847 image of Frederick Douglass from the Yale University Library's Visual Resources Collection.
June 12, 2018

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will mark the 242nd anniversary of the nation’s founding with a special display of  the Dunlap Broadside, a rare copy of the historic first printing of the Declaration of Independence, together with an 1852 printing of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech about slavery and the Declaration of Independence, now known as “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” A public reading of the two documents will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at 4 pm. These and several other historic documents will be on display from June 28 through July 11. Further details of the exhibit and event here.