Color photos, old newspapers, the Declaration—we've all seen materials damaged by light. But what's actually happening?
A Conservative Approach
Conservators reveal what's really on the back of the Declaration, how it felt to handle the document, and more.
The Damage Done
On this high-resolution image, examine how two centuries of loving but imperfect care have altered the Declaration.
Explore the special encasement designed to protect the Charters of Freedom.
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