To see original documents, photographs, and other materials from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, please visit the museums listed below.

Gilder Lehrman Exhibitions

The New-York Historical Society

Activist for Equality: Frederick Douglass at 200 (through April 2018)

Frederick Douglass, "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass," 1881. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Three exhibition cases curated by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History display key documents in the life of Frederick Douglass as an activist for equality. Items on view include letters, speeches, and books written by Douglass.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, New York







The Morgan Library & Museum

Treasures from the Vault: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (through March 11, 2018)Philip Hamilton to Alexander Hamilton, April 21, 1797. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

The annual display of treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presents a selection of five newly-acquired documents written by or addressed to Alexander Hamilton and his family members. Included in this display is the only surviving letter written to Alexander Hamilton by his son Philip, who died in a duel at age 19.

The Morgan Library & Museum225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, New York




On View Nationally

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The Constitution of the United States, January 1788. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, September 2016–September 2018, features a rotation of Gilder Lehrman Collection documents. Throughout the rotation, the exhibit will feature George Washington’s copy of Notes on the State of Virginia, the second draft of the US Constitution, and an early printing of the Constitution.

The exhibition explores how the lives of George Washington and the men, women, and children enslaved at Mount Vernon were deeply interconnected. Through objects, artwork, archaeological artifacts, and documents, it examines how enslaved people kept the Mount Vernon estate operational and carved out lives for themselves within their bondage.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Camp scenes and sketches of the Andrew Light Infantry, 1864. (Gilder Lehrman ColWith Brush, Mold, Chisel, and Pen: Reflections on Civil War Art, through June 2019, features three items from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, including a bone kerchief slide and a bronze medal depicting Abraham Lincoln.

The exhibit features some of the most celebrated artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—including several who served in the war. It showcases artwork in oil, pen and ink, and sculpture that captures battles and the experiences of leaders and soldiers. These objects—many related to Gettysburg—evoke a portrait of the United States during one of its most turbulent eras.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Museum of the American Revolution

Receipt for payment for land ceded by the Six Nations, July 28, 1769. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)The Road to Independence, ongoing, features items from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, including a pay warrant for an African American soldier and a receipt acknowledging the final payment for land ceded by the Six Nations in the Treaty of Fort Stanwix.

The exhibit explores how the rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ’round the world” and the American colonists evolved into revolutionaries.

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




The New-York Historical Society

Slave shackles for a young child, 1800 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

New York Rising, ongoing, includes slave shackles meant for a young child and several letters from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Covering the period from the American Revolution through the New-York Historical Society’s 1804 founding, a contemporary interpretation of a nineteenth-century salon-style display uses some of New-York Historical Society’s most treasured objects and cutting-edge technology to convey the historical narrative.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, New York

Page of George Washington's draft inaugural address, April 1789. (Gilder Lehrman A page from a draft of George Washington’s inaugural address in 1789 and an 1808 broadside, all from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, are part of the Constitution Center’s core exhibition, The Story of We the People. The exhibition tells the story of the US Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through unique interactive exhibits, demonstrating that the US Constitution is as important today as it was in the Founding Era.

The McCulloch v. Maryland decision and the appointment by John Adams of ministers to France are included in the exhibition John Marshall: Patriot, Statesman, Chief Justice, May 1–December 31, 2017. This exhibition explores Marshall’s character and constitutional legacy, and the influential roles he played in the early republic.

The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Providence gazette and country journal, September 29, 1787. (Gilder Lehrman A September 29, 1787, printing of the US Constitution from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is on view in the ongoing exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. It explores the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise from the nation’s formation to today. Through objects such as Thomas Jefferson’s portable desk, used when he was drafting the Declaration of Independence; the inkstand Lincoln used when drafting the Emancipation Proclamation; and the table on which Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, the exhibition focuses on the changing political ideals and principles of the nation, citizenship in a pluralistic society, and political participation and engagement.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC