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“Photograph of Construction of the Mosler Vault with Facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights in Place.” 11/19/1952

Series: Public Relations Photographs Relating to National Archives Personnel, Facilities, and Events , 1939 - 1968Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007

Until a re-encasement project in the early 2000s, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were automatically lowered and stored in a specially designed Mosler Vault when not on display in the National Archives Rotunda.  You can see a model of the vault in action below:

More posts on the history and origins of the National Archives

(*Post corrected 11/20/2017 to replace Constitution with Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.)