Frequently Requested Primary Documents

Listed below are links to frequently requested primary documents of the United States. 

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy

Core documents are located on the Government Printing Office’s website at the URL listed above.  Here you will find documents such as the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, The Constitution of the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Federalist Papers, the Gettysburg Address as well as Congressional and Presidential documents and Supreme Court Decisions.

Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents in American History

Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, these documents chronicle United States history beginning with the Lee Resolution Act of June 7, 1776 through the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  To view the complete list of documents, enter the URL listed above.

Primary Documents from the Library of Congress

These Web Guides, created by the Library of Congress, highlight periods of U.S. history and are organized by three eras – 1763-1815: The American Revolution and the New Nation, 1815-1860: National Expansion and Reform, and 1860-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Designed especially for kids, this site is organized by grade range.  Just click the age range section on Ben Franklin’s kite, then click on a topic on the blackboard.  Games and activities for interactive learning are featured in each section.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

To search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, enter a keyword, title, author or subject in the search box, then choose the corresponding identifier in the dropdown menu.  (ie. Type: Constitution of the United States of America, then select Title from the dropdown menu below the search box).