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Drafting of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights

A guide to the records behind the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


Laid out here are writings and correspondence from selected delegates and other founders. Names are linked to either its Tarlton or PCL catalog entry by author; call numbers to the most comprehensive collections of private papers available at UT are provided, with links to the corresponding catalog record. To find more materials, do a subject search in a catalog by name.

A word on these papers--intial attempts to collect the papers of the founders were usually made in the 19th or early 20th century; renewed attempts were often undertaken later in the 20th century, and in some instances, efforts are sometimes still ongoing.

Online collections are listed separately. The major online resource is Founders Online, noted below.

Online Collections

From Other Founders

From Delegates to a State Ratifying Convention:




Related Collections (of Multiple Founders)