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Pictures of the Documents


The Constitution

The following links point to photographs of the copy of the United States Constitution stored in a vault in the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as a picture of the letter of transmittal that accompanied the copies sent to the Congress and the states after it was approved by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Aside from the copy stored at NARA, about 20 other copies dating back to the Convention are known to exist in various American and British collections, mostly in those of state governments and universities.

These images are courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.


The Declaration of Independence

The following is an image based on the Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. The Stone Engraving is an exquisite reproduction of the Declaration created in 1823 by William Stone. The story of the Stone Engraving can be found at the National Archives.

This image is courtesy of the National Archives.


The Bill of Rights

The original Bill of Rights was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, and copies of the first twelve articles of amendment were transcribed to be sent to the states for ratification. The following is an image of one of those copies. The ink is badly faded.

This image is courtesy of the National Archives.


Articles of Confederation

These images point to pictures of the Articles of Confederation. The Articles are a badly damaged and faded document. It is much easier to read the Articles in their original form if the transcribed version is used at the same time. The Articles are stored in a single long scroll. Each image is of a portion of the scroll, and there are some gaps and overlaps in the sequence.

These images are courtesy of the Government Printing Office.


The Emancipation Proclamation

These images point to pictures of the Emancipation Proclamation.

These images are courtesy of the Government Printing Office.

  • Page 1 - "By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation" (linkable: eman1.jpg - 137Kb)
  • Page 2 - "... of January aforesaid..." (linkable: eman2.jpg - 122Kb)
  • Page 3 - "... day first above mentioned..." (linkable: eman3.jpg - 120Kb)
  • Page 4 - "... government of the United States..." (linkable: eman4.jpg - 125Kb)
  • Page 5 - Signature (linkable: eman5.jpg - 101Kb)

The Gettysburg Address

These images point to pictures of the Gettysburg Address. Several different versions written by the President exist - these images are of the so-called "Hay Copy".

These images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Coloring Pages

Click on an image to get an image suitable for printing. PDF files are also available. These pages make great learning tools for kids in the preschool through 2nd grade ages. These images can be copied as many times as needed, for educational purposes.

We the
People Coloring Page
We the People - the famous first three words of the Preamble of the Constitution
(PDF).

Independence Hall Coloring Page
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created and signed.
(PDF).

Ben Franklin's Rising Sun Coloring
Page
This is the chair back that George Washington sat in as President of the Convention. Benjamin Franklin remarked that until the Constitution was completed, he was unsure if the sun was rising or setting, but he was then convinced it was surely rising.
(PDF).

The
Capitol Building Coloring Page
The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., where the Congress meets.
(PDF).

The White House Coloring Page
The White House in Washington, D.C., where the President works and resides.
(PDF).

The
Supreme Court Coloring Page
The Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., where the Supreme Court meets and hears cases.
(PDF).


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