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


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The Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection

The Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) dates from 1786 to 1789 and includes documents relating to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, extracts of proceedings of state assemblies and conventions relating to the ratification of the Constitution, and several essays on ratification.

Most of the items in the collections are composed of a single sheet, meeting the classic definition of a broadside. Some items, however, range in length to twenty-eight pages. All of these broadsides, many of which were acquired in 1867 from Peter Force, are in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, with the exception of one broadside, which is in the Manuscript Division.