David M. Rubenstein Gallery

David M. Rubenstein Gallery / Records of Rights

Records of Rights: a permanent exhibition in the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery, National Archives, Washington, DC

America’s founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—are icons of human liberty. But the ideals enshrined in those documents did not initially apply to all Americans. They were, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” “Records of Rights” allows visitors to explore how generations of Americans sought to fulfill this promise. The exhibition showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative 17-foot touch screen interactive table to illustrate how Americans throughout our history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

Miranda v. Arizona

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Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Ever since the Supreme Court’s 1966 landmark decision Miranda v. Arizona, police officers throughout the nation have been required to advise criminal suspects in custody of certain constitutional rights before any interrogation may begin. The words of the warnings, commonly referred to as “Miranda warnings,” have become embedded in our culture. For 50 years, the Miranda decision has been vigorously debated, as the courts, the law enforcement community, and civil libertarians strive to strike a balance between public security and the rights of criminal suspects. On display is the Supreme Court’s 1966 order reversing the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Ernesto Miranda’s conviction.
Through June 15, 2016. 


Magna Carta

photoBegin your exploration of "Records of Rights" by viewing the original 1297 Magna Carta, on display courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.

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The "Records of Rights" exhibition and the David M. Rubenstein Gallery are made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of David M. Rubenstein.