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The original "Charter and By-laws of the City of Toledo. Several historic documents of early Toledo, including a handwritten copy of the city's charter, all found in the attic of Toledo's Safety Building, at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio on September 19, 2017.

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The original charter of the city of Toledo is on display for the first time at the University of Toledo’s Ward M. Canaday Center as part of a special exhibit that runs through July 27 on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library.

“Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections” will include items documenting Toledo’s glass industry, a copy of “Common Sense” printed in 1776 and signed by Benjamin Franklin, a white shirt worn by President John F. Kennedy in 1958, an autographed photo of Katharine Hepburn, and Toledo native Jamie Farr’s “M*A*S*H” scripts, among others items.

Since its dedication Sept. 26, 1979, the center has grown from a collection of small rare books into a modern special collections department, preserving thousands of feet of material.

The free, public exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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