The New York Public Library has assembled an exhibition about Founding Father and prominent New Yorker Alexander Hamilton, who has won new prominence through the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about his life.
Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel will open a six-month stand at the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue) June 24 and will showcase historic documents from Hamilton's personal, military and political life.
Admission is free.
The exhibition “invites visitors to delve deeper into Hamilton's complex life and relationship to his colleagues, family, and country.”
As in the musical, the exhibition explores Hamilton’s relationships with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Hamilton's eventual killer, Aaron Burr.
Highlights will include:
* An original copy of the Reynolds Pamphlet, in which Hamilton admits to an affair with Maria Reynolds.
* Hamilton's draft of George Washington's farewell address alongside Washington’s final version.
* The Federalist (commonly known as the Federalist Papers) as originally published in a historic newspaper.
* Hamilton's proposed plan for a U.S. Constitution.
* Letters from Hamilton to his wife Eliza, and her sister Angelica Schuyler Church; correspondence Hamilton sent on behalf of Washington; and a letter he sent to Washington about the Newburgh Conspiracy.
* Letter introducing Burr to the Schuyler family.
* Broadside of the letter that incited the duel that led to Hamilton's death.
“The Library's exhibition program exists to share our remarkable holdings with a wide audience,” said exhibition curator Kailen Rogers in a statement. “We’re eager to further the popular discussion of Hamilton and the early years of the United States by displaying historic materials that illuminate this complicated man and his era.”
(Updated June 24, 2016)