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Constitution Day, September 17, 2023

by Sara Hull on 2023-09-11T15:46:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787, establishing the United States Image of the first few paragraphs of the US Constitutionunder a federal system of government. The U.S. Constitution was the first written constitution in the world and is the oldest one still in existence.


Congress has established September 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. You can find out more by visiting the National Constitution Center or by visiting

In honor of Constitution Day, the SUNY Empire State College Library has collected some web resources and articles about the Constitution’s history. You can also visit the National Archives Celebrating Constitution Day page, the Law & the Library Youtube Playlist from the Library of Congress or enjoy some videos about the Constitution from

Empire State College Library Resources for Researching the US Constitution
(SUNY Empire Login Required to Access)

The Writing of the Constitution

Interpreting the Constitution

  • Constitution Annotated:
    Analysis and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Documents from the Constitutional Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 (Library of Congress)
    This digital collection contains 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
  • Amending America (SUNY Empire login required for access)
    Article by Bernard Weisberger from American Heritage (May/Jun95, Vol. 46, Iss. 3) that provides an overview of the amendments to the Constitution and the political climate in which they were adopted.

Reading the Constitution

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