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Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.
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Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.

Curators at the National Archives have culled their collection in search of some of the best-known signatures of history.

A special exhibit opening Friday includes the personal marks of figures including Thomas Jefferson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Robinson, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, along with important documents from history. Curators looked at the power of the pen in politics, war, entertainment and sports for the wide-ranging exhibit, "Making Their Mark.'"

Beyond papers, curators also are displaying objects representing the signature styles of some historical figures, including General Dwight Eisenhower's tailored Army jacket that became the standard for American troops. And for the first time, the red-and-black dress worn by Michelle Obama on the night of the 2008 election is going on display.

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