Modern, readable prints of history's greatest documents

New York, United States

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About GreatDocuments

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On Etsy since 2012

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 I love the challenge of rethinking great historical documents to help audiences connect with living words that have meaning and impact.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

    Toronto, ON

    Where possible, items ordered by Canadian customers are printed in and shipped from Canada, which supports Canadian production partners and keeps costs down for customers — a win-win.

  • 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 Feb 19, 2019
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!

Packing slip

To save weight on shipments, which saves shipping costs, as well as to reduce paper waste, I do not include a packing slip with my shipments. If you would like a packing slip included in your shipment, please message me at the time you place your order. If you need a packing slip for a past order, please message me and I will be happy to provide one for download in PDF.

Free shipping

When free shipping is offered on an item, note that it will be shipped via the lowest-cost service, even if you select a higher-cost service (such as USPS Priority Mail) at checkout.

Not all the items I ordered arrived in the package I received. Where is the rest of my order?

Please note that, because of the various production techniques I use, some orders may arrive in two or more separate packages. You will receive tracking information for each package when it ships.

I purchased the digital version of one of your prints by accident. Can I get a refund?

Yes — as long as you haven’t downloaded it yet (and yes, I can see on my end whether you’ve downloaded it or not). If you’ve purchased the digital version by accident, DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT and let me know of the error. We’ll make it right through a refund or exchange, or by figuring out another solution. But once you download the PDF, your purchase can’t be refunded, because there’s no reliable way for me to verify that you’ve deleted the downloaded file from your computer or other storage devices.