“Star Spangled Banner,” autograph manuscript, signed by Francis Scott Key, Washington, D.C., August 29, 1842.
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Key wrote this copy of the "Star Spangled Banner" one year before his death and sent it to Thomas Steven Espy. Very few manuscript copies of the national anthem have survived. Key wrote this copy long after he wrote the original song on September 14, 1814.
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The manuscript was sent to Fr. Gillespie at Georgetown University by Elizabeth McCalmont Espy Nunn. Gillespie then donated it in her name to what would become the Georgetown University Archives.
Gift of the recipient's daughter, Elizabeth McCalmont Espy Nunn (Mrs. J. A. Nunn), 1897.
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository