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.
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
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.
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.
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 - the famous first three words of
the Preamble of the Constitution (PDF).
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 in Washington,
D.C., where the Congress meets. (PDF).
White House in Washington, D.C., where the President works and resides. (PDF).
The Supreme Court Building in Washington,
D.C., where the Supreme Court meets and hears cases. (PDF).
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these files, you are not permitted to link directly to them. If you do, you
will see a small image that says "Do not steal bandwidth." If you wish to link
directly to an image, you can link instead to a special file I have created for
each image. For example, if an image is named "cpage1.jpg", you can link to a
special file called "i_cpage1.html". This will allow your users to see the
image with no background or other adornment. Each such page includes a link to
Example code: <a
href="http://www.usconstitution.net/i_cpage1.html">Click here to see page 1
of the Constitution!</a>