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University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
John Kaminski (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights

Preparation for publication of three volumes of documents concerning the ratification of the United States Constitution in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Vermont, and North Carolina. (36 months)

Thousands of libraries, historical societies, government offices, private collections and all newspapers, books, pamphlets, and broadsides of the period 1787 to 1791 have been searched for documents relating to the adoption of the Constitution of 1787 and the drafting and adoption of the Bill of Rights. These documents are arranged and edited for publication in book form. All documents in the volumes and all supplemental documents not included in the volumes will be placed online with the University of Virginia Press' Rotunda. Twenty-six volumes of an anticipated thirty volumes have been published. During this grant cycle the volumes containing ratification by South Carolina and New Hampshire/Vermont will be published. All of the volumes and supplemental documents will also be placed online on the University of Wisconsin-Madison library website.

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Project fields:
American Government; Political History; U.S. History

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017