Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for December 13th:
Photograph of President Truman and other dignitaries at the dedication of the new shrine at the National Archives for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.


Photograph of President Truman and other dignitaries at the dedication of the new shrine at the National Archives for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. 12/15/1952 (National Archives Identifier: 200407); Series: Photographs, ca. 1850 - ca. 1990; Collection HST-AVC: Audiovisual Collection, 1957 - 2006; RG 11, Harry S. Truman Library (NLHST); National Archives and Records Administration.

On December 13, 1952, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were transferred to the National Archives. Joining the Bill of Rights, which had been in the Archivesí care since 1938, they became collectively known as the Charters of Freedom, the most precious documents in our heritage. Two days later, at 10:15 a.m., on Monday, December 15, 1952 (Bill of Rights Day), the formal enshrining ceremony was held, presided over by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, and with President Harry Truman and other dignitaries in attendance.

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