Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide
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Concordance of Images

Copies of the images from Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide may be ordered from the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service (see Price List for Photographic Products). The images are listed below in the order in which they appear in the guide.


The "original Rough draft" of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson's own hand [Page 2] [Page 3] [Page 4]

Civil War letter from Charles Wellington Reed (1841-1926) to his mother

An undated letter to western writer Owen Wister

Maud Wood Park (right), first president of the National League of Women Voters.

Founding of the Nation

One of eight Indian paintings from the 1531 Huejotzingo Codex

The first page of notes taken by James Madison at the Constitutional Convention's opening session in Philadelphia, on 14 May 1787

This plan for a fort is one of sixty-five thousand records of the Spanish administration of East Florida (1783-1821).

The "Eastern Indians" and the governments of New Hampshire and Massachusetts signed this treaty at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 13 July 1713.


In this letter from ca. 1890, the future president entertains his young son Theodore with an illustrated fable about a wolf attacking a calf.

The earliest extant version of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

George Washington's first inaugural address to Congress, delivered at Federal Hall, New York City, on 30 April 1789


A page from the 1801 preliminary draft of Thomas Jefferson's "A Manual of Parliamentary Practice"

Daniel Webster's opening remarks for his famous "Seventh of March" speech [Page 2]

An 1866 lithograph by E. Sachse & Co. showing the "new" House of Representatives chamber

Federal Judiciary

Justice Felix Frankfurter's brief 1955 opinion announcing the decree to enforce Brown v. Board of Education

Carroll Row boardinghouses which were occupied by members of the Supreme Court between 1815 and 1835

Joseph Keppler's cartoon, "Our Overworked Supreme Court"

Military Affairs

Andrew Jackson's retrospective and fragmentary account of the Battle of New Orleans

A naval dispatch reporting the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941

1864 photograph of Gen. George B. McClellan with his wife, Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan

Lt. Col. John Paul Vann (second from right) briefs his colleagues in Vietnam

Woodrow Wilson's pencil draft announcing the armistice ending World War I on 11 November 1918.

Foreign Policy

Watercolor of the temple in Macao where the first Sino-American treaty was signed in July 1844

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, dated 24 October 1823, in which the former president reacts strongly and positively to President Monroe's proposed doctrine forbidding European governments from establishing colonies in the New World.

At the Moscow Conference in August 1942, W. Averell Harriman, President Franklin Roosevelt's special representative, met with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin to discuss the Soviet proposal for a second- front assault on Germany.

In this letter to John Hay, President Theodore Roosevelt instructed his secretary of state to oversee personally the negotiations to secure perpetual control of the Panama Canal.

In 1946 Archibald Roosevelt, a United States intelligence officer, was one of the few Westerners to reach Mahabad, capital of a newly formed Kurdish republic.

Arts and Literature

Early draft of Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" Page[2]

Actress Juanita Hall, shown here with director Joshua Logan, recreated for the film South Pacific her original stage role as Bloody Mary.

The germ of the idea for Bernard Malamud's short story "The Silver Crown" is seen in this 1971 New York Times clipping annotated by Malamud

Sculptor Daniel Chester French in his studio working on a bust of industrialist Ambrose Swaysey, with a model of French's statue for the Lincoln Memorial in the background

The division also holds a small collection of Wright Papers. Wright's letter, (c) 1972, is reproduced by permission of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Science and Medicine

Alexander Graham Bell's notebook entry of 10 March 1876 describes his successful experiment with the telephone-- speaking through the instrument to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in the next room. [Page 2]

Sigmund Freud's draft of "Eine Teufelsneurose im siebzehnten Jahrhundert" ("A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis")

Margaret Mead and her husband Gregory Bateson doing field research in Papua, New Guinea, in 1938.

In this 1795 handbill, John Fitch announced the invention of his steamboat and sought funds to perfect his machine.

1920 photograph of William Hornaday, a leading naturalist and longtime crusader for wildlife conservation

African-American History and Culture

Abraham Lincoln's preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation [Page 2]

This manuscript (ca. 1891) of an autobiographical article is in the hand of Frederick Douglass, who prepared it for the National Cyclopedia of American Biography.

Photograph of former slave Lucindy Lawrence Jurdon

Photograph of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Women's History

The National Women's Party pickets against Woodrow Wilson in front of the White House in January 1917.

22 August 1814 entry in the diary of Anna Maria Thornton

Self-portrait of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston in her studio, about 1896.

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