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Declaration of Independence Paper
The finished document signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress was engrossed on parchment, which is actually made from animal skin. Thomas Jefferson's original Rough Draft of the Declaration is now in the Jefferson Papers collection at the Library of Congress. According to the Library of Congress, analysis by paper conservators has determined that the paper is mostly likely Dutch in origin. While hemp was commonly used to make paper in Southern Europe during this time, the Dutch were much more likely to use flax or linen rags.
- Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson Papers. Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence.
- National Archives. Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence. http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/declaration.html
- Look for sources in the Thomas Jefferson Portal