The Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta is on exhibit at the Library of Congress



Visit the Law Library of the Library of Congress and view the current exhibit marking the 800th anniversary of the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of only four surviving copies of the great charter of rights and liberties.  The exhibit will also feature medieval manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters and annotated draft opinions by justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, all drawn from the Library’s collections. The Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta traveled to Washington, D.C. on November 28th, 1939 and was received by Archibald MacLeish, the Librarian of Congress at that time. It was kept safe in the U.S. until the war was over and returned to England on January 17th, 1946 on the ship Queen Elizabeth.