You can view online the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Beethoven always showed strong preference for the ode "A joy" from Schiller. Early drafts known date back to 1817 but his final composition took place mainly in the years from 1822 to 1823 after completion of the "Missa Solemnis". The work was completed in the autumn of 1823 in Vienna and was first performed in the great concert of May 7, 1824.
Link: autograph manuscript ninth symphony of beethoven