From the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, Center for the Humanities, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
The Thomas Addis Emmet (1828-1919) collection consists of historical manuscripts relating chiefly to the period prior to, during, and following the American Revolution. The collection contains letters and documents by the signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as nearly every man who distinguished himself during this period of American history. Manuscripts are arranged in 23 topics, most of them milestones in Early American history. Topics include the Albany Congress of 1754, Stamp Act Congress of 1765, Continental Congresses, 1774-1789, The Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Annapolis Convention, and the First Federal Administration. Additional material documents the history of New York City. Highlights of the Emmet collection include Thomas Jefferson's manuscript draft of the Declaration of Independence, an engrossed copy of the Bill of Rights, and manuscript minutes of the Annapolis Convention.
Number of rolls: 12