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State Constitutions: Introduction

Information on researching state constitutions and their history. Includes a 50-State A to Z list of resources for finding the full text of state constitutions, information on amendment process, pending and historical amendments, artifacts and documents.

About This Guide

This research guide is designed to help you research state constitutions by providing the following information:

  • Where to find the text of current and historical constitutions
  • Historical research sources
  • Useful secondary sources, such as periodicals and treatises
  • How to research constitutional history, amendments and revisions

The A to Z pages of this research guide offer 50-state research on state constitutions and provide links to the following information for all 50 states:

  • Constitution Text
  • Amendment Process
  • Pending Constitutional Amendments
  • Historical Constitutional Amendments Considered
  • Resources, Artifacts and Documents

Useful Websites

State Constitutional Convention

Shown above is a George Catlin painting of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1830. (credit)

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