John Trumbull, "The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776," ca. 1786, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection, 1832.3.
Details from Thomas Jefferson's sketch of the Assembly Room (pen and brown ink) for artist John Trumbull (graphite) in Paris, 1786. The full drawing is approx. 7” wide by 9” high. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. Ernest A. Bigelow, 1926.8.1-.2.
Two early printings of the Declaration of Independence at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: A first printing by John Dunlap, 1776; Details from a Boston edition, printed in 1776 by Gill, Powers and Willis. The "n" in Hancock has been inserted.
Paul Revere, "Salt," ca. 1768-1770, silver. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, 1930.961.
Paul Revere, "The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.," March 1770. Hand-colored engraving, Yale University Art Gallery, The John Hill Morgan Collection, 1943.87.
William Billings, "The New England psalm-singer," printed in Boston by Edes & Gill, 1770. The frontispiece (above) was engraved by Paul Revere. Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, M2116 B598 N5.
From the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments: Robyna Neilson Ketchum, “Freedom Bell,” 1976, bronze, cast by the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry, The Netherlands; E.G. Wright, “Keyed Bugle in E-flat,” mid-19th c., silver with decorative engraving and filigree.
Selection of American-made, military drumsticks from the 20th century, hand-turned, made from assorted materials, including ebony, rosewood, zebra wood, persimmon wood, and solid steel. Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, Gift of Paul A. Munier.
From the Yale Center for British Art: George Siegmund and Johann G. Facius, after William Berczy, "George III," 1791, stipple engraving and etching; John Singleton Copley, "General Thomas Gage," ca. 1768, oil on canvas, mounted on Masonite.
This 1780 silver "Camp Cup" by Richard Humphreys was used by Gen. George Washington in the field. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, 1947.223.
William Hovey, "Powder Horn" belonging to Col. Obadiah Johnson, made in Cambridge, Mass., 1775. Horn, pine, iron, and leather, Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Janet Smith Johnson in memory of her husband, Frederick Morgan Johnson, 1955.33.4.
Yale’s Cushing Medical Library houses first editions of works by founding father Benjamin Rush, a surgeon general in the army; and this lithograph of Dr. John Morgan, a chief physician of the Continental Army, made for a Parke-Davis pharmaceutical advertisement.
Gilbert Stuart, “Colonel John Trumbull,” 1818, oil on wood panel, Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Herbert L. Pratt; Samuel Finley Breese Morse, “Portrait of Noah Webster,” no date, oil on canvas, Beinekce Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
“Oliver Wolcott, Signer of the Declaration of Independence,” 1782, engraved by F. Halpin after Ralph Earle. Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University; Ralph Earl, “Roger Sherman,” ca. 1775, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Roger Sherman White.
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The American Revolution in Yale collections

As the nation celebrates Independence Day on July 4, it’s worth noting that not only has Yale been a university longer than the United States has been a country — by a full 75 years — but also that many of its alumni played an integral role in its foundation. The work of the United State's earliest artists, writers, philosophers, statesmen, and musicians are preserved today in Yale’s collections. Visit Discover Yale Digital Content to search the collections for additional material related to the Revolutionary War.
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