Proceedings of the Federal Convention, 1787
Copy of United States Constitution signed by David Bigelow.
New Constitution, of the United States of America broadside, 1787
New Constitution, of the United States of America, from in the Middlesex Gazette, Oct. 1, 1787. Imprint supplied by Bristol, based on corresponding material in the Middlesex Gazette, Oct. 1, 1787. Middletown, Conn. : Printed by Woodward and Green.
United States Constitution, Supplement to the Independent Journal Saturday September 22, 1787
Supplement to the Independent Journal, Saturday, September 22, 1787. Copy of the result of the deliberations of the Federal Convention, In convention, September 17, 1787.
United States Constitution Dunlap and Claypool Official Printed Edition, 1787
The convention made over 20 changes to the Committee of Style report, then, on Saturday, September 15, the delegates voted to adopt the Constitution and ordered both an engrossed copy on parchment and printed copies to be distributed to the delegates and sent to Congress and the states. On Monday, September 17, the engrossed and printed copies of the Constitution were ready, but the delegates made several more changes. Dunlap and Claypoole quickly printed a corrected six-page edition. HSP’s copy is one of only 11 of these original printings known to exist. With six pages on three leaves, printed by Dunlap and Claypoole, “this is official edition, printed on large type, single columns, by the Convention, for submission to Congress, with the Resolutions, and Letter, added.”
Constitution of the United States printed in the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, September 19, 1787
This is the first newspaper printing of the official edition of the Constitution in The Pennsylvania Packet by Dunlap and Claypoole (annotated in an unknown hand in the margins of all four pages).
United States Constitution second manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787
This is the second holograph draft of the Constitution by James Wilson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from York, PA, and chair of the Committee of Detail. This was the committee charged to draft the Constitution. This version of the Constitution consists of six sheets. This draft, like the first, lists each state separately in the first line.
Jacob Broom draft of the United States Constitution, 1787
This draft, printed by Dunlap and Claypoole, is “the second draft of the Constitution, printed for use of members, on one side of four leaves only.” (Evans 20816) Broom was a delegate to the Convention from Delaware. This second draft no longer lists states separately, but rather as “We, the People of the United States…”
This digital record contains four images of two pages. Each page has been separately encased and the writing is visible on both sides.
United States Constitution first manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787
This is the first holograph draft of the Constitution by James Wilson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from York, PA, and chair of the Committee of Detail. This was the committee charged to draft the Constitution. This is the earliest surviving version of the Constitution, consisting of four sheets. Some unique features is that it lists all of the states in the first line. Also, it states “The stile of the government shall be the ‘United People and States of America.’
Edmund Randolph draft of the United States Constitution
“The first draft of The Report of the Committee of Five of the Federal Convention. Printed for the use of members in an edition of sixty (60) copies, on one side of seven leaves only.” (Evans 20816) This is the first printed draft of the Constitution—printed by Dunlap and Claypoole. Randolph was a delegate to the Convention from Virginia. Like the two manuscript drafts, this printed draft lists all the states in the first line. However, it states “The stile of the government shall be ‘The United States of America.’”