The writings of one Founding Father are becoming much more visible, thanks in part to a cultural phenomenon.
The actual notes of Alexander Hamilton are being digitized by the Library of Congress, bringing Hamilton’s body of work to the forefront for admiring fans — those of history and, of course, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical.
The Library of Congress posted images of more than 800 documents related to the country’s first Treasury secretary, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Prior to this decision, fans of the Founding Father, famously murdered in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804, had to travel to Washington to glimpse the documents. Even then, they were only on microfilm.
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Speaking with NPR, the Library of Congress’ Curator Julie Miller said that the decision to upload the photos was fueled by the popularity of Miranda’s musical.
The exceedingly popular Broadway play has already set up shop across the country. Aside from its sold-out shows on Broadway, it has done the same in Chicago, and just began its run in Los Angeles this month. A London version is also in the works, EW.com points out.
If you’d like to view Hamilton’s writings, visit the Library of Congress’ website, here.
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