Tuesday, October 25, 2005

American Memory: Update

American Memory is a site hosted by the Library of Congress that offers a wealth of historical documents. They have recently added "Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789".

The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Most broadsides are one page in length; others range from 1 to 28 pages. A number of these items contain manuscript
annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus. In many cases, multiple copies bearing manuscript annotations are available to compare and contrast.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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