Gift of France


This colorfully illustrated document presented “Liberty Enlightening the World” to the United States on July 4, 1884. A gift from the people of France, the Statue of Liberty was accepted by the U.S. Minister to France, Levi P. Morton, in Paris, on behalf of the people of the United States. The statue, work of sculptor A. Bartholdi, was installed in New York Harbor in 1886. Text adapted from "The Statue of Liberty Deed of Presentation" in the September 1992 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.

National Archives, General Records of the Department of State