Skip to main content
Resources & Civic Organizations

Academic Resources

  • Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
    An academic center housing over 70,000 primary source documents, specifically those focused on the ratification of the Constitution. The Center makes many documents available online. It also publishes The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution series (available digitally for free).
  • The Founders' Constitution at the University of Chicago
    Digitized Founding-Era primary source documents categorized by each clause of the U.S. Constitution including the Bill of Rights.
  • The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
    A large collection of primary source material on George Washington. The Library of Congress contains approximately 77,000 items accumulated by Washington between 1745 and 1799, including correspondence, diaries, and financial and military records. All items are available digitally.
  • Georgian Papers Programme
    The Georgian Papers Programme is working to digitize, conserve, catalogue, transcribe, interpret and disseminate 425,000 pages or 65,000 items in the Royal Archives and Royal Library relating to the Georgian period (1714-1837). The website continues to update the digital collection.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    A collection of primary sources, teaching resources, videos, online exhibits, and essays on American history.
  • National Archives — Charters of Freedom
    National Archives HD Resolution photos, transcriptions, and commentary on the nation’s three most important legal charters: The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
  • The Online Library of Liberty
    A vast library of primary source documents, books, and manuscripts from historical and contemporary authors on liberty, political theory, and economics.
  • The Quill Project
    The Quill Project models formal negotiations, including legislative and quasi-Parliamentary processes, making them visual. Includes the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the Bill of Rights deliberations in 1789.
  • RealClear Public Affairs – The Constitution
    A collection of primary source documents and commentary from scholars on the Founding Period and the U.S. Constitution.

Classroom Resources

Civic Education Organizations

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.

James Madison, Jr.


These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.