The National Archives holds an amazing array of treasures, and our conservation staff prepares them for research and exhibit and makes sure they are protected for the future. Take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about our work: from the re-encasement of the ancient Magna Carta to the preservation of a landmark World War II documentary.
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are known collectively as the Charters of Freedom. In 2001, a team of experts removed the nation’s founding documents from display to begin a two-year conservation treatment and reseal them in new state-of-the-art encasements. Learn how the Charters of Freedom were made ready for the 21st Century.
- “A New Era Begins for the Charters of Freedom,” Prologue Magazine
- “Exposed to Air After Fifty Years: Preserving an American Icon,” Common-Place Journal