On September 17th Columbia University joins colleges and universities across the nation in celebrating Constitution Day, a national observance marking the anniversary of the date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 signed the Constitution.
John Jay, President of the Continental Congress from 1778-1779, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and author of five of the Federalist essays, graduated from Kings College in 1764. For those interested in learning more about this historic alumnus, 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. They also feature an on-going exhibit, “Jay and the Constitution.”
For general information on Constitution Day programming and resources, please visit Columbia University’s Government & Community Affairs website.
Most importantly, for those of you who have lost or mislaid your pocket version of the Constitution, free copies will be given out at the Offices of Government & Community Affairs, rooms 302 & 309 Low Library, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14th.