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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 07:58

Voici une petite vidéo de 2mn pour vous entrainer à la compréhension orale!


Et voici la transcription:

Hi, I’m Kitty Nicholson.  I’m supervisory conservator at the National Archives in Washington, 


In 1952 the Declaration of Independence came to the National Archives.  It was on display 

constantly through the intervening decades.

There was a need to do a major renovation of the National Archives buildings.  We knew it was 

our one window of opportunity to go in and to take the documents off display, do conservation 

treatment and design new encasements.

There was no manual on how to open the encasements. They’d been sealed with the intention 

they’d be sealed in perpetuity.

We were able to use a sharp cutting tool to cut through a lead ribbon that held the top and bottom 

pieces of glass together.

Then there was a free-floating piece of glass directly against the parchment.  Will something 

stick to the glass?  You don’t know when something’s been in contact for 50 years.  Is it going to 

stick, is it not?  But it lifted off cleanly.

And as we lifted off the inner glass we saw the Declaration again for the first time in almost 50 


And the new encasement design, the document rests on a platform.

The platform is black and the encasement interior is black and so the effect is that the parchment 

is floating in this black surround.

There is a mystery on the Declaration of Independence, at the bottom left corner, right here. You

can see fingerprints, there’s the faint gray impression of a hand, a handprint.  And we really 

don’t have any good historical evidence for whose handprint it is or when it happened.

And we would love to see a large 19


-century photograph of the Declaration to see if that 

handprint was there.

So if you’ve got an old photograph kicking around let us know!  And if you can come and see 

with your family, see that handprint, that is the true mystery of the Declaration.

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