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U.S. Constitutional Convention 1787 (2021 Edition)

Founding the Federal Union

Grand Convention at Philadelphia, May to September, 1787, Quill Project 2021 Edition.

Cite as: Lauren Davis, Kieran Hazzard, Elizabeth Green, Grace Penn, and Grace Mallon (eds.), U.S. Constitutional Convention 1787 (2021 Edition), Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2021).

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14-25 May, 1787

A collection of primary source material detailing the state of the convention between 14 and 25 May, 1787. People include George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Price, Thomas Jordan, Arthur Lee, John Dickinson, George Mason, Rufus King, Jeremiah Wadsworth, and George Read.

26 July- 4 August, 1787: The Meeting of the Committee of Detail

A collection of handwritten primary source material pertaining to the deliberations of the Committee of Detail. People include John Jay, George Washington, Richard Caswell, R.D. Spaight, Alexander Martin, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James McClurg.

Archive.org copy of the 1819 Journal Manuscript

In 1819 John Quincy Adams oversaw a printed publication of the Journal of the Convention.

This is a manuscript copy of the journal from that time, a draft of what was published.

Archive.org copy of the 1819 Journal Publication

In 1819 John Quincy Adams oversaw a printed publication of the Journal of the Convention. This collection holds links to the Archive.org copy.

Documentary Milestones in Framing the U.S. Constitution

Charts the main stages in drafting the Constitution, and contains the major documents produced by the Convention, allowing for quick comparison.

Drafts and Editions of the Constitution, August-September, 1787

A collection of printed primary source material pertaining to drafts of the Constitution between August and September, 1787. This collection includes printed drafts with handwritten annotations produced by the convention; for handwritten drafts by the Committee of Detail, see "The Meeting of the Committee of Detail" resource collection.

Fringe Meetings at the U.S. Consitutional Convention

Details of unofficial meetings, discussions and social events held by delegates to the Convention.

Library of Congress copy of Madison's Notes (New Images)

This collection holds links to images of the Library of Congress copy of Madison's Notes. These colour images were newly available in 2018.

Parchment: The Quill Platform Weblog

Constitutional History in the news and in scholarship, and news about the Quill platform and the Negotiated Texts Network.

Plans Presented to the U.S. Consitutional Convention

Transcriptions of the differing versions of the Virginia Plan, Pinckney Plan, New Jersey Plan, Hamilton Plan, and others, for comparison.

Population Statistics Used in the U.S. Constitutional Convention

A collection of tables of population for each state presented to the Convention to inform apportionment of representation.

Sherman's Proposed Report from the First Committee on Representation

Roger Sherman's proposal in the First Committee on Representation, which demonstrates how Madison's proposed amendments could be amended and included as a supplement to the Constitution.

United States Constitution first manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787

Analysis of Historical Society of Pennsylvania Item 1663: "United States Constitution first manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787."

Weather Reports During the U.S. Constitutional Convention

Contemporary reports of the weather during each day of the Convention in Philadelphia 1787

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