Federal and State Constitutional Materials

About this collection

This collection contains federal and state constitutions and amendments found within the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina. These documents, consisting of loose manuscripts and one volume, highlight North Carolina government's role in the ratification of federal amendments and its own internal efforts to protect the rights of its citizens dating back to the Declaration of Rights in 1776.

These significant documents are part of the Vault Collection, a collection created to highlight and protect those rare manuscripts that enhance history of the Old North State and its citizens. Ranging from North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights to the North Carolina Constitutional Reader used to assist in African-American voting, these documents play a special role in protecting cultural history of all North Carolinians. All the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina are important, but these treasures hold a unique place here within our collections.

For more information about the Constitutional history of North Carolina, see: