University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Constitutional Convention

From May to September 1787 delegates from 12 states (Rhode Island refused to send delegates) gathered in Philadelphia to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation. However, instead of revising the Articles, they created an entirely new plan of government to be submitted to the states for ratification.

The collections below explore the Constitutional Convention, from the original instructions given to the delegates to the transmittal of the Constitution to the States. These collections consist of documents taken from The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution.