Printed Materials Collection

Paper of the eighteenth century was primarily made from durable acid-free linen or cotton cloth, which is the reason why so many have survived over the years. This includes documents, maps, books, currency, and newspapers. Many important documents were printed on paper that incorporated a watermark design that identified the maker or the quality of the paper stock.

"In establishing American independence, the pen and the press had merit equal to that of the sword." — David Ramsay, 1783