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William J. Stone, First “Exact” Facsimile of the Declaration Current Working Census, with Updates by Seth Kaller

Only examples from the original first edition run of 200 (actually 201) printed on vellum, as ordered by Congress, are listed here. The census was initially compiled by William R. Coleman, and published in Manuscripts, Spring 1991: “Counting the Stones: A Census of the Stone Facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence.” Coleman’s extensive research found thirty-one copies, twelve of which were known in private hands. We have updated the list based on our own sales records, searches of institutional holdings, the addition of newly discovered copies, and auction and dealer records. Several copies that Coleman counted as private have since been gifted and are now on the institutional list. Our records bring the current count up to 51 (but see note on entries for 43-51 below to explain why we hedge that to say 49-51 copies are known).

Institutional

1.    Bangor Museum and Center for History

2.    Boston Public Library

3.    Carroll Foundation [Descendants of Signer Charles Carroll of Carrollton]

4.    Colonial Williamsburg. Donated by Epstein, CA

5.    Gilder Lehrman Collection on deposit at New-York Historical Society

6.    Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

7.    Harvard University, Houghton Library

8.    Indiana University, Lilly Library

9.    Jefferson County Court House, Kentucky. Donated by the Mulloy family

10.  Library of Congress (copy 1)

11.  Library of Congress (copy 2)

12.  Maryland Historical Society, Charles Carroll’s copy

13.  Massachusetts Historical Society, Adams Papers (copy 1)

14.  Massachusetts Historical Society, Adams Papers (copy 2)

15.  New Hampshire State Archives

16.  New Hampshire State Library

17.  New Haven Historical Society

18.  Rhode Island State Archives (copy 1)

19.  Rhode Island State Archives (copy 2)

20.  Tennessee State Archives

21.  University of Virginia. Lafayette’s copy, Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection

22.  Smithsonian Institution. This is the 201st copy kept by William J. Stone and subsequently donated by his family.

23.  Virginia State Library Archives

24.  The White House. Donated by William R. Coleman

25.  U.S. Supreme Court. Rediscovered in late 2007

26.  Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Donated by Harry & Esther Snyder

27. Richard Nixon Presidential Library

28. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

29 - 32. Five copies have been acquired by David Rubenstein. These are technically in private hands, but are all on loan to institutions, and are expected to eventually be gifted to the same or different institutions. We count them as institutional. The fifth was recently acquired privately, having descended in the family of James Madison!

Privately Owned

33 - 42. We can locate ten copies from our own client records and personal knowledge: two in California; two in Connecticut; one in New Jersey; two in New York City, one in Virginia; one in Washington, DC, and one in Westchester County, NY.

43 - 51. Additional examples we count from dealer and auction records, but do not have any knowledge of their present whereabouts. We have images of a few of these, but older auctions and dealer catalogs often did not include illustrations; one or two copies may have multiple listings. Hedging a little to account for that possibility, it is safe to say that 49-51 copies are presently known.

If you can help us locate any additional examples, or confirm the location of #s 43-51, please contact me at info@sethkaller.com

If you think you may have one, we would love to hear from you, but first please see:
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Seth Kaller

Last updated February 14, 2018

For the history of the Stone printing, click here