WASHINGTON — Curators at the National Archives have culled their collection in search of some of the great signatures of history.

A special exhibit opening Friday includes the personal marks of figures that include 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 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s tailored Army jacket that became the standard for American troops.

For the first time, the black dress worn by Michelle Obama on the night of the 2008 election is going on display. It was designed by Narcisco Rodriguez.

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