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Making Their Mark

Stories Through Signatures

Signature Lessons

Marked Records

A signature can be as routine as a mark on a form or as extraordinary as a stroke of the pen that changes the course of history. Well-known signatures are found throughout the records of the National Archives. Equally important are the multitude of marks by people unknown to history. Whether one developed a signature style or signed groundbreaking policy into law, our records illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.

This landing page is inspired by the Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures exhibition on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC from March 21, 2014 through January 5, 2015.

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