[Detail] Signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Trumbull
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.
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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
- To Form a More Perfect Union
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
Recommended additional sources of information.
- Manuscripts: Congress
- Manuscripts: Founding of a Nation
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