On February 17, 2012, the only medieval copy of the Magna Carta in the United States will return to display in the National Archives. The copy was purchased by philanthropist David Rubenstein in 2007 and is on long-term loan at the museum.
The 715-year old parchment copy of Magna Carta was removed for repair and conservation funded by a US$13.5 million gift from Rubenstein. The repair included removal of old patches and weak spots from the document. "It's central to the founding of the United States because the colonists argued they were entitled to the rights under Magna Carta as Englishmen," Rubenstein said. "But King George disagreed, so the colonists chose to break away."