Rare paper

It’s not often one has the opportunity to see rare documents. So it was wonderful for me to be able to peruse original copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Declaration of Independence, which were on display at the Dallas Public Library.

This copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first compilation of all his plays, dates from 1623 and is one of 250 copies to exist in the world today. It was given to the Dallas Public Library in 1986 by the Dallas Shakespeare Club to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary. A special oak-paneled room was built in 1998 to house this great treasure.

This copy of The Declaration of Independence is one of only 25 surviving copies that were printed on the night of July 4, 1776. It was the first time the name “United States of America” appeared in print.

Also on display at the Dallas Public Library were newspaper clippings and documents to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.