Inside the Vaults – The Bill of Rights

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty.

After more than 40 years of research and more than 14,000 documents, new discoveries are being made as scholars at the George Washington University continue to collect every scrap of paper associated with the First Congress of the United States.

The First Congress adopted the Constitutional amendments that are known today as the Bill of Rights. To mark the 2010 Bill of Rights Day, “Inside the Vaults” looks at the work of the First Federal Congress Project. Seventeen volumes of letters, debate records, newspaper articles, petitions, and other documents have been printed thus far—and there are still five volumes to go.

The First Federal Congress Project is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the grant-making entity within the National Archives and Records Administration.

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