Historical Documents

  • Bill of Rights - Examine the original Bill of Rights.
  • Constitution - Read the transcript and download high-resolution images.
  • Declaration of Independence - View the Declaration up close, read the transcript, or download high-resolution images.
  • Declaration of Independence: A Timeline - Find out how the Declaration of Independence came to be and what happened between June 7 - August 2, 1776.
  • Delegates to the Constitutional Convention - Read biographies of the delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention sessions. Only 39 actually signed the Constitution. 
  • Emancipation Proclamation - This landmark Proclamation by President Lincoln that declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • Today's Document App - This app lets you explore documents and photographs from throughout history from the U.S. National Archives.
Page last updated: Feb 22nd, 2017