GreatDocuments

Modern, readable prints of history's greatest documents

New York, United States · 89 Sales

GreatDocuments

Modern, readable prints of history's greatest documents

New York, United States 89 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation are now available in TWO SIZES: 18 by 24 inches (46×61 cm) and 16 by 20 inches (41×51 cm)

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Last updated on May 21, 2018

The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation are now available in TWO SIZES: 18 by 24 inches (46×61 cm) and 16 by 20 inches (41×51 cm)

Dustin Joyce

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Dustin Joyce

About

I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I made it myself.

All I wanted was a display-worthy poster of the Constitution of the United States. Not the facsimiles of the original written text that you can find in virtually every tourist shop in places like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. I wanted usable, readable text—it's a living document, after all, that impacts Americans' lives every day. And I wanted the complete text, including all 27 amendments; you can't fully understand today's Constitution without them. And yet I could find it nowhere: not at the National Archives in D.C., not at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, not online, not anywhere.

So I made one myself. It turned out pretty well. And I thought, If I'm looking for something like this, maybe other people are, too. And so my Etsy shop was born.

The prints you will find in this shop follow several basic design principles.

First, the text uses consistent, readable typefaces. That’s part of the entire idea behind this shop: to help people connect with history’s greatest documents in a new and meaningful way. Part of that is putting the words of these documents into type that is readily accessible and readable. (Have you ever tried reading Timothy Matlack’s handwriting on the Declaration of Independence? It’s beautiful, though almost illegible to modern eyes.)

Second, though the text is modern in appearance, I have strived to make these prints reflect the original intent and respect the tone and dignity of these documents.

Third, though these items are available for purchase individually, they are meant to complement each other through a standard, coordinated, unified design that nonetheless reflects the individual history, intent, authorship, and origin of each document.

Shop members

  • Dustin Tyler Joyce

    Owner, Designer

    I’m a graphic designer with a knack for making publications that are informative, engaging, and beautiful. I love the challenge of rethinking great historical documents to help audiences connect with living words that have meaning and impact.

Production partners

  • A print shop

    Nashville, TN

    Some of my items are printed by a great print shop with over 30 years of experience in the field to guarantee you the highest quality product.

  • A print shop

    Markham, ON

    I collaborated with a print shop in the Greater Toronto Area to create beautiful, offset-printed work.

  • A print shop

    Brooklyn, NY

    I worked with a great locally-owned shop in Brooklyn on offset printing for higher-quality yet lower-cost products.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Nov 13, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love to receive custom orders! Additionally, each item can typically be printed at a custom size. Please contact me via the custom orders link in my shop for pricing and additional information and to get your custom order started today.

Wholesale availability

Bulk and wholesale pricing is available. Please contact me for additional information.

Terms for digital orders

For digital orders, the following terms apply. Electronic files are provided for your personal, noncommercial use only. You may print copies solely for your use in a home, classroom, or office setting. You may make and keep only the electronic copies of these files that you may need for future use or reference, and you may store them only on your own computers or in your own accounts on servers or the cloud. These files should not be modified in any way, compiled with other electronic files, or transmitted to others by any electronic or internet means.

Prints are not framed

Please note that, to keep my costs low and to pass those savings on to you, prints are not framed. All prints are shipped rolled in sturdy shipping tubes.

Please note

I strive to fulfill all orders, including custom orders, as quickly as possible—typically within one day for items I have in stock. However, please note that I am a stay-at-home dad to three small children and they come first (if they don’t, they are quick to let me know that my priorities are out of order). So if I am delayed in delivering your order, particularly a custom order, please be patient and understanding. Thank you!

Free additional print with shipped order

Every purchase of a regular-priced print on my shop includes your choice of an additional free print: the Constitution of the United States or Magna Carta. There is a limit of one free print per order. Purchases of clearance items and digital downloads are not eligible for this offer.