Founding Documents of the United States of America

Selections from the documents in this collection will be on view in the Chapin Gallery, room 406 of Sawyer Library at Williams College, during special events and programs, including the college’s 4th of July readings. During the remainder of the year, the documents are housed in a zero-light storage facility in accordance with best practices for conservation. View high-resolution digital images of the documents, which include a draft of the U.S. Constitution and a “Dunlap broadside,” the earliest printed version of the Declaration of Independence, in our digital collections. Facsimiles of the Constitution and Declaration are also available in the Special Collections Reading Room. Contact [email protected] for more information.