Constitutional Convention Project

Online Databases

Biography in Context
This database contains more than 400,000 biographies, including biographies of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

American History Online
Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, this database explores different facets of American history. Please ask Mrs. Naro or Mrs. Faus for the Username and password if you would like to use this database at home.

U.S. History in Context
Provides integrated access to historical (primary) documents, reference articles, full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

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Helpful Websites

The Charters of Freedom (from the U.S. National Archives)

The Avalon Project: Notes from the Federal Convention of 1787 (from Yale University)

The Constitutional Convention (from TeachingAmericanHistory.org)—A project of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, this site provides a variety of primary and secondary sources about the convention and the delegates.

From Revolution to Reconstruction…And What Happened Afterwards (from University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

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The Fathers of the Constitution: A Chronicle of the Establishment of the Union (1921), by Max Farrand—eBook from Internet Archive. See chapters VI and VII.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, edited by Max Farrand

The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King: Comprising his Letters, Private and Official, his Public Documents, and his Speeches, Volume 1—Google eBook, see chapters XII, XIV and Appendix I for information on his role in the Federal Convention.

The Writings of James Madison: 1787. The Journal of the Constitutional Convention—Google eBook.

The life of Roger Sherman by Lewis Henry Boutell—Google eBook, chapter VIII discusses Sherman’s role in the Constitutional Convention.

The complete works of Benjamin Franklin—Google eBook, p. 395-398 includes his proposals for consideration in the convention; p. 418-434 includes his speeches to the convention.

The life and times of John Dickinson, 1732-1808 (1891), vol. 13, by Charles J. Stille—eBook from Internet Archive. See p. 253-267 for Dickinson’s role in the Convention.

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Reserve Books in the Library

Located on the book cart in the front of the library by the bulletin board.  These books can go out for one night only, or for the weekend if taken out on a Friday.

342.73 BEE

Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

, Beeman

342.73 BER

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

, Berkin

942.73 BER

Are We to Be a Nation? The Making of the Constitution

, Bernstein

342.73 BOW

Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787

, Bowen (8 copies)

342.73 COL

Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

, Collier and Collier (2 copies)

342.73 CON

The Constitutional Convention

, ed. by Haesly

342.73 CON

The Constitutional Convention and the Formation of the Union

, ed. by Solberg

342.73 CRE

The Creation of the U.S. Constitution

, ed. by Medina

342.73 FRA

The Founders: The 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution

, Fradin

342.73 LEV

…If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

, Levy

342.73 MAD

The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison

, ed. by Larson and Winship

342.73 ORI

The Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History

, ed. by Kammen

342.73 PAD

The Living U.S. Constitution

, Padover

342.73 PET

A More Perfect Union: The Making of the United States Constitution

, (5 copies; 5 binder copies)

342.73 ROS

1787: The Grand Convention

, Rossiter

342.73 STJ

A Child of Fortune: A Correspondent’s Report on the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Battle for a Bill of Rights

, St. John

342.73 STJ

Constitutional Journal: A Correspondent’s Report from the Convention of 1787

, St. John

342.73 STE

The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution

, Stewart

342.73 U.S.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

, vol. 1 (2 copies)

342.73 U.S.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

, vol. 2 (2 copies)

342.73 U.S.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

, vol. 3 (2 copies)

342.73 U.S.

Supplement to Max Farrand’s The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

, (4 copies; 6 binder copies)

342.73 VAN

The Great Rehearsal: The Story of the Making and Ratifying of the Constitution of the United States

, Van Doren

342.73 WIL

Fifty-Five Fathers: The Story of the Constitutional Convention

, Williams (3 copies; 6 binder copies)

342.7302 CRE

The Creation of the U.S. Constitution

, ed. by Nardo

342.7302 RIT

Our Constitution

, Ritchie

814 FRA

Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings

, Franklin

973 AME vol. 1

The American Spirit: United States History as seen by Contemporaries

, ed. by Bailey and Kennedy

973 MOR

The Oxford History of the American People

, ed. by Morison

973.3 ALL

Founding Fathers: Uncommon Heroes

, Allen

973.3 BRA

Founding Fathers: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution

, Bradford

973.3 MCG

In Their Own Words: Creators Great and Small

, ed. by McGovern

973.3 MOR

Sources and Documents Illustrating the American Revolution, 1764-1788, and the Formation of the Federal Constitution

, ed. by Morison

973.3092 FOU

The Founding Fathers: The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America

, ed. by Ellis

973.4 CHE

Alexander Hamilton

, Chernow

973.4 MOR

The Formation and Development of the Constitution

, Moran

973.4 ROS

Alexander Hamilton and the Constitution

, Rossiter


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

, Isaacson


Elbridge Gerry: Founding Father and Republican Statesman

, Billias


Rufus King: American Federalist

, Ernst


George Mason, Forgotten Founder

, Broadwater


Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris – the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

, Brookhiser


Forgotten Founder: The Life and Times of Charles Pinckney

, Matthews


Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina

, Barry

R342.73 BIC

The Bicentennial of the Constitution: A Resource Guide

(1 copy; 1 binder copy)

R342.73 MOR

Shapers of the Great Debate at the Constitutional convention of 1787: A Biographical Dictionary

, Morton (2 copies)

R342.73 UNI

The Formation of the Union

R342.73 VIL

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America’s Founding

, 2 vols., Vile (2 copies)

R920.073 Web

Webster’s American Biographies

, ed. by Van Doren

R973 TIM

The Making of a Nation

, vol 2: 1775-1789, ed. by Morris

R973.03 DIC

The Dictionary of American History

, vol. 2

R973.1 HAK

A History of US: From Colonies to Country 1735-1791

, Book 3, Hakim

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