The National Archives in New York City is shifting its office and bringing a new exhibition space to Lower Manhattan this month.
The keeper of the Constitution and other vital U.S. documents will move into the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green, a building it will share with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
The new office opens to the public Friday and will provide a more museum-like setting than the agency's previous spot in Greenwich Village. An inaugural show in the building's rotunda titled "The World's Port: Through Documents of the National Archives" tells the story of the city's trade history through photos and documents.
An 1806 passport issued to sea captains bearing Thomas Jefferson's signature, a "record of conviction" in 1873 for suffragist Susan B. Anthony for committing the crime of voting, and a slave receipt for a woman and two children dated 1864 are among the items that will be on display.