A document is defined as “a piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record“. We are fortunate to have a number of original documents that precede the American Revolution.
A 1952 newspaper article, complete with photos, refers to the discovery of a “veritable treasure chest” of old documents uncovered at the Richmond Town Hall. The Town Council ordered a clean-up and “worthless material” was weeded out.
Fortunately many of those documents are in our possession. How many, however, were considered scrap to be sold off, or filled a dump truck??????