National Archive

NationalArchive_textNATIONAL ARCHIVE was inspired by the familiar look of the Declaration of independence. Every school child learns that it was written by Thomas Jefferson, who was actually only one of several who composed the document that began the United States of America.

Unknown to most people is the name of Timothy Matlack, the person who most likely took pen and ink to parchment and created the unforgettable visual symbol of our independence. For the complete text and history, please check the National Archives & Records Administration site. The Declaration itself is always worth a fresh read, a timely reminder of our revolution against hereditary despotism and our creation of a homegrown democracy.

In making the font, I was lucky to have a very clear reproduction of the document which contains almost all the letters. The font preserves the texture of the original; although it is more regularized, it feels more like handwriting than typesetting. Missing characters were hand-drawn with crow quill pen on parchment for best matching.