Welcome to the
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
The world's largest private holding of original historical manuscripts.
Founded in 1983 by David and Marsha Karpeles with the purpose to inspire curiosity and encourage learning, the Karpeles Manuscript Library archives contain more than a million historical documents in the categories of literature, science, religion, political history, exploration, music and art.
To make the collection more accessible to the general public, all Karpeles museums are free to visit, and the collection rotates between its museums three times per year.
Documents from the American spaceflight that first landed humans on the moon.Visit Karpeles Santa Barbara
The Surrender Agreement of Germany ending World War II in Europe.Visit Karpeles Tacoma
Arthur Conan Doyle’s handwritten excerpts.Visit Karpeles Rock Island
Karpeles Manuscript Library archives include gems such as:
The “Taxation Without Representation” complaint by Benjamin Franklin
Political HistoryThe original manuscript of the sheet music for The Wedding March
MusicEinstein's famous E=MC2 formula
ScienceThe original manuscript of Roget's Thesaurus
LiteratureThe first printing of the Ten Commandments from The Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455)
ReligionAmelia Earhart's Certificate of Landing for her solo flight across the Atlantic
ExplorationDonald Duck Drawing Guide by Disney