Resource Collections

The PDF scans of the 1911 publication, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, edited by Max Farrand (New Haven: Yale University Press)

The edition of Madison's Notes and other papers.

In 1819 John Quincy Adams oversaw a printed publication of the Journal of the Convention. This collection holds links to the copy.

In 1819 John Quincy Adams oversaw a printed publication of the Journal of the Convention.

This is a manuscript copy of the journal from that time, a draft of what was published.

This collection holds links to the Library of Congress scan of its microfilm photographs of Madison's personal record recording the work of the Constitutional Convention.

Links to relevant records at

Constitutional History in the news and in scholarship, and news about the Quill platform and the Negotiated Texts Network.

A collection of news items related to the Quill project.

Forthcoming events being organized by the Quill project.

William B. Ewald, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School

A collection of primary source material detailing the state of the convention between 14 and 25 May, 1787. People include George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Price, Thomas Jordan, Arthur Lee, John Dickinson, George Mason, Rufus King, Jeremiah Wadsworth, and George Read.

A collection of handwritten primary source material pertaining to the deliberations of the Committee of Detail. People include John Jay, George Washington, Richard Caswell, R.D. Spaight, Alexander Martin, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James McClurg.

A collection of printed primary source material pertaining to drafts of the Constitution between August and September, 1787. This collection includes printed drafts with handwritten annotations produced by the convention; for handwritten drafts by the Committee of Detail, see "The Meeting of the Committee of Detail" resource collection.

News items from the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.

When arranging the Records of the Constitutional Convention, Max Farrand established a numerical sequence for documents relating to the committee of detail from I to IX. However, when the Historical Society of Pennsylvania digitized some of their Wilson papers, they did not conform to the sequence established by Farrand and retained by scholars such as William Ewald. Due to the complicated textual nature of this digital collection, it is necessary to break this "draft" of the constitution into its constituent parts as identified by Farrand and Ewald, while making clear the fact that it is digitized as an integrated whole.

This collection holds links to images of the Library of Congress copy of Madison's Notes. These colour images were newly available in 2018.

Digitized microfilmed copies of some of the first 150 propositions and petitions presented by various delegates of the Utah Constitutional Convention for insertion into the Constitution preserved by the Utah State Archives.

Digitized microfilmed copies of the first draft the articles of the Constitution as drafted by the different specialized committees of the Utah Constitutional Convention for insertion into the Constitution.

Report of the Conference Committee regarding the House's disagreement to various proposed Senate amendments to the Constitution

The Gazette of the United States was a Federalist newspaper in the years of the First Congress. Begun by John Fenno, who served as its editor, the Gazette was published twice weekly, beginning on April 15, 1789. Alexander Hamilton contributed to the paper, both financially and in written content. Senate Secretary Samuel Otis would eventual go on to contract with Fenno to publish various documents for the Senate.

Links to ConSource editions of Thomas Lloyd's stenographic record of the First House of Representatives.

Scans of the handwritten Senate Journal for the First Session of the First Congress

Roger Sherman's proposal in the Committee of Eleven, which demonstrates how Madison's proposed amendments could be amended and included as a supplement to the Constitution.

Printed version of the Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States: anno M,DCC,LXXXIX, and of the independence of the United States the thirteenth

The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, First Congress, First Session, vol. 1

The Journal of the Senate, First Congress, First Session, vol. 1

Jonathan Elliot, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, J.B. Lippincott & co. (Philadelphia: 1836-59).

The Congressional register; or, History of the proceedings and debates of the first House of representatives of the United States of America...