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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 and published by William R. Coleman, 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. We have updated the list based on 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.

1      California. Richard Nixon Presidential Library (Inscribed to Joshua Prideaux)           

2      California. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Donated by Snyders)           

3      Connecticut. New Haven Historical Society (Probably original sent to CT)

4      Indiana. Indiana University, Lilly Library                                                                     

5      Kentucky. Jefferson County Court House, Kentucky (Donated by Mulloy family)     

6      Maine. Bangor Museum and Center for History (Donated in 1914)

7      Maryland. Carroll Foundation (Charles Carroll of Carrollton, copy 1)                        

8      Maryland. Maryland Historical Society (Charles Carroll of Carrollton, copy 2)          

9      Massachusetts. Boston Public Library                                                               

10    Massachusetts. Harvard University, Houghton Library

11    Massachusetts. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Given to JFK in 1961)

12    Massachusetts. Massachusetts Historical Society, John Adams Papers (copy 1)         

13    Massachusetts. Massachusetts Historical Society, John Adams Papers (copy 2)         

14    Michigan. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (ex-Family G. Walton)         

15    New Hampshire. New Hampshire State Archives (Discovered in tube in ceiling)       

16    New Hampshire. New Hampshire State Library

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

18    Rhode Island. Rhode Island State Archives (copy 1, with transmittal of 4 to RI)        

19    Rhode Island. Rhode Island State Archives (copy 2)                                        

20    Tennessee. Tennessee State Archives

21    Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg (Donated by Epstein)                                    

22    Virginia. University of Virginia, Albert H. Small Collection (Lafayette’s copy)         

23    Virginia. Virginia State Library Archives                                                                     

24    Washington, D.C. Library of Congress (copy 1)                                                           

25    Washington, D.C. Library of Congress (copy 2)

26    Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution (201st copy, donated by Stone family)       

27    Washington, D.C. U.S. Supreme Court (Re-discovered in 2007)                                   

28    Washington, D.C. The White House (Donated by William R. Coleman)                     

29-35. Seven copies acquired by David Rubenstein. These are technically in private hands, but are on loan to institutions, and are all expected to be gifted to the same or different institutions. We count them as institutional.

Privately Owned
36-43. We can definitively locate at least eight copies: one in California, two in Connecticut, three in New York, one in Virginia, one formerly in Washington, DC (25873- Superior 5/9/1992). 

- The California copy is listed in auction records, though we don’t know which one it is. 

- Another copy was in California, and may still be there, or may be re-sold and listed above.

- We know of another copy in New York, which is listed in auction records.

45-52. Additional examples in dealer and auction records; we can’t confirm their present whereabouts. As older auction and dealer catalogs often did not include illustrations, one or two copies may already be counted above, or counted twice in this section.  

Hedging a little to account for that possibility, we say that approximately 52 copies are known.

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

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Seth Kaller

Last updated July 1, 2020

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