Terminology Used to Describe Documents
While you browse our website and print catalogs, it is important to understand the terminology used to describe historic documents.
• Autograph Letter Signed or Autograph Document Signed: Both text and signature are in the hand of the signer.
• Letter Signed or Manuscript Document Signed: The text is penned by someone other than the signer.
• Broadside: A single-page printing used to spread news.
Note: Each document starts with our brief catalog description. Most items have more a detailed description, including full transcripts which you can access by clicking on the document title or item number.