Each year, the University joins the nation in celebrating Constitution Day -- the anniversary of the date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 signed the Constitution. The day was established as a federal observance in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The Office of Government and Community Affairs informs Columbia’s student population of Constitution-related programming and opportunities to observe the day.
In recognition of Constitution Day, the Office of Government and Community Affairs also gives out on free, pocket-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution to all members of the Columbia community on September 16. Free Constitutions will be handed out in our offices in rooms 302, 308 & 309 of Low Library.
John Jay served as President of the Continental Congress from 1778-1779. For those interested in learning more about this historic figure, Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds a unique and impressive collection of John Jay's papers, including a copy of the first bound volume of the Federalist Papers published in 1788, letters to and from George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and more. For information, including background and biographical material, please visit the Papers of John Jay digital archive at: www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay.
The Library of Congress American Memory site provides numerous resources on the Constitution and can be accessed at: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php
For a variety of other resources related to the Constitution, please visit the National Constitution Center website at: http://constitutioncenter.org/.