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The Declaration of Independence -- Goddard Broadside

Color image of the bottom portion of the Declaration of Independence printed by Mary Katharine Goddard.
Mary Katharine Goddard first printed the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in January 1777.

Library of Congress

From December 20, 1776 to March 4, 1777, Congress was in session in Baltimore, Maryland. After the American victories at Trenton and Princeton, Congress ordered an authenticated copy of the Declaration of Independence printed with the names of the signers. On January 18, 1777, Mary Katherine Goddard printed these broadsides and the Congress sent copies to each state. This was the first time that the names of those who signed the Declaration were made publically known.

The Extant (Existing) Documents

There are only 9 known Goddard broadsides.

At Independence National Historical Park, journey to...

Visit Franklin Court’s printing office to learn about the process of creating broadsides. Printed copies of the Declaration are also available for purchase.

Last updated: March 21, 2019