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United States Historical Documents

The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Government
Mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. A major collection of primary source material, treaties, and statutes.
Publisher: Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
GPO Access makes these current and historical Federal Government documents available for free, permanent, public access because they define our democratic society. These titles contain information vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate and support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress comprise a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation, the development of the federal government, and its role in the national life. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation will bring together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the Forty-second Congress.
Publisher: Law Library of Congress.

1st Amendment Online
1st Amendment Online is dedicated to hosting publicly accessible information concerning the First Amendment. For the historical researcher, materials include pamphlets, leaflets, letters, photographs, and other primary sources integral to important United States Supreme Court cases. Includes cases from the U.S. Reports, drafts of the Bill of Rights, Blackstone documents, and federal Acts.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Law School.

HLS Library: Digital Projects
The Harvard Law School Library has begun reformatting print and other materials into digitized versions that can be made available to legal scholars online. To date, these projects include Bracton on the Laws and Customs of England (in Latin and English), The Common Law, The Nuremberg Trials Project, and The Scarlet Trials.
Publisher: Harvard Law School.

Historical Documents via THOMAS
Links to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, Broadsides from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, A Century of Lawmaking (see above site), and the Thomas Jefferson Papers.
Publisher: Library of Congress.

National Archives' Access to Archival Databases System (AAD)
Provides online access to a selection of nearly 50 million historic electronic records created by more than 20 federal agencies on a wide range of topics.
Publisher: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration.


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