Welcome to Quill

Quill is a platform for the study of negotiated texts. We focus especially on the creation of constitutions, treaties, and legislation. It is a project based at Pembroke College, Oxford.

The Quill platform presents a recreation of the original context within which decisions were made. Quill provides a variety of innovative tools for readers and editors, as well as links to material hosted on other platforms.

The flagship work hosted here is a presentation of the records of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that wrote the Constitution of the United States. A variety of other projects are planned or in progress.

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Featured: Constitutional Convention 1787
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Featured: The Creation of the Electoral College

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Meetings on this day in history:

Constitutional Convention 1787, The Convention, 20 Aug 1787 (61 events in this session)

Constitutional Convention 1787, Grand Committee on Debt, 20 Aug 1787 (16 events in this session)

Constitutional Convention 1787

The Constitution of the United States of America was written by a Constitutional Convention held in the summer of 1787. Between May and September, a group of delegates from most states met in secret to negotiate a text that was then presented to the states of the Union.

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