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Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789

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The 274 broadsides in Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, chronicle the founding of our nation from Colonial resistance to British rule and the Revolutionary War, through the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. The collections include the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, drafts of the Constitution, resolutions, proclamations, and treaties.

 special presentations
These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.

To Form a More Perfect Union: An Introduction to the Congressional Documents
Timeline: America during the Age of Revolution
Timeline: Colonial Period

 historical eras
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be all-encompassing.

The American Revolution, 1763-1783
The New Nation, 1780-1815

 related collections and exhibits
These collections and exhibits contain thematically-related primary and secondary sources. Also browse the Collection Finder for more related material on the American Memory Web site.

A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation, 1774-1873
Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents
The George Washington Papers, 1741-1799
Map Collections, 1500-2004
Memory section, American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827

 other resources
Recommended additional sources of information.

Manuscripts: Congress
Manuscripts: Founding of a Nation
Read More About It! - A bibliography

 search tips
Specific guidance for searching this collection.

Search for items using keywords, or by browsing the Subject Index.

Searches for individuals with common first names (such as James, John, George, and Thomas) result in large hit lists. To narrow results, search on last name only or look for exact matches with an individual's first and last name.

Generally, broadsides do not cite authors. Searching for famous patriots will produce results if the name appears within the full text of a document, if the individual was a signer of the document, or if the individual was cited in the bibliographic record.

For help with search words, go to Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Subject Index and the Synonym List.

For help with search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.

 viewing tips

You can read and search all of the text in this collection without special viewers. However, to see images of broadsides or the SGML version of the text, you may need special viewers. For help with viewers, go to American Memory Viewer Information.

Note: Illustrations in Learn More About It! are taken from the Special Presentation To Form a More Perfect Union: An Introduction to the Congressional Documents and the exhibit Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents.

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