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HIST 119J / AMST 453: The United States Constitution of 1787: Primary Source Databases

This research guide is intended to assist students in their research projects for the course The United States Constitution of 1787, taught by Professor Mark Peterson during Spring term 2023 at Yale University. 

Key general resources

Documentary Editions & Manuscript Collections

Imprint Collections

Imprint databases primarily contain books and pamphlets, along with broadsides and other printed ephemera. The following are a few key imprint databases covering books and pamphlets published from the colonial era through the 19th century.

Newspapers and Periodicals

Government Documents and Legal Materials