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Arthur J. Morris Law Library
Framing and Ratification
Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787
The authoritative source for documentation of the 1787 convention, including official records and James Madison's notes on the debates.
Elliot's Debates in the Several State Conventions
A 19th century collection of ratification debates. For more comprehensive and accurate coverage, see The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution (Law Stacks KF4502 .D63).
The Federalist Papers
The influential series of newspaper essays in support of the Constitution, written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison.
The Founders' Constitution
Excerpts from the debates and other contemporary documents such as treatises, letters, and court decisions, arranged by constitutional provision.