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Resources and information about Constitution Day • A digital exhibit

Constitution Day 2023 - September 17, 2023

What is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day celebrates when the 39 delegates of the Constitutional Convention completed and signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. --Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress)

Primary Documents from the National Archives

Transcript of the Constitution

Archer Library

Ashland University was granted depository status in 1938. As a depository library, Archer Library selects government documents useful in research for the Ashland University community.


Library Display

The Archer Library is featuring a Constitution Day display that is setup on the ground floor of the library. The display will run 09/11/23-09/19/23. Please feel free to visit the display and pickup your own copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Explore the Constitution


The Interactive Constitution

Learn about text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.



Download an electronic copy of The Constitution of the United States : with index and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition.

Sarah Thomas, MLIS, MA

Library Display


Facts about the U.S. Constitution:

  • Although written and signed in 1787, it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine of thirteen states to become binding.
  • There are 39 signatures on the Constitution. Two of America’s “founding fathers”, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, did not sign the Constitution as they were working as diplomats in France and Great Britain respectively.
  • The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as The Bill of Rights, were added in 1791 describing individual rights.
  • The only language besides English used in the Constitution is Latin.
  • George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.

     --Facts about U.S. Constitution (GovInfo)



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