Document Collections

In the process of compiling the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution volumes, CSAC staff have read, transcribed, and annotated tens of thousands of documents. While the DHRC volumes are organized by state, the following are thematic collections of primary source documents curated for the general reader and educator.

The Confederation Period

The Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Debates: Federalist and Antifederalist Essays

The Complete Federalist Papers

Popular Culture and Ratification

European Assessments of the Constitution

Foundational Documents of American Constitutionalism