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U.S. Founders and Presidents: Primary Sources: Declaration Signers

Find the public and private papers of the U.S. Founders and Presidents, as well as some other writings and primary sources.

Please Note

This is not a complete list of all who signed the Declaration of Independence, but only those for whom collections of writings were found at SHSU or online.

General Resources

The Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution, at Google Books

Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, at the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress

Letters of the Members of the Continental Congress, at Google Books

Roll Calls of the Continental Congresses and the Congresses of the Confederation, 1777-1789, in the ICPSR database (SHSU users only)

Letters of delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, at the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress - also in the Library, at JK1033 .L47 vol. 1-26

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, at the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress 

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence - E203 .A579 2001

Adams, John

Chase, Samuel

Library:

  • Trial of Samuel Chase, an associate justice of the Supreme Court…impeached by the House of Representatives - KF8782.C5S6 vol. 1-2
  • Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people, 1787-1788 (includes Chases’ “letter of Caution”) - JK171.F72
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Franklin, Benjamin

Library:

  • The papers of Benjamin Franklin - E 302 .F82 vol. 1-39
  • Early American views on Negro slavery, from the letters and papers of the founders of the Republic (Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin) - E446.M47 1969
  • The works of Benjamin Franklin, including the private as well as the official and scientific correspondence - E302.F825 1904 vol. 1-12
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Gerry, Elbridge

Library:

  • A study in dissent: the Warren-Gerry correspondence, 1776-1792 - E203.W26
  • Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people, 1787-1788 (includes Gerry’s “replies to A Landholder”) - JK171.F72
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Online:

Harrison, Benjamin

Hopkinson, Francis

Library:

Jefferson, Thomas

Lee, Richard Henry

Library:

  • The letters of Richard Henry Lee - E302.L472 vol. 1-2
  • Empire and nation: Letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania, John Dickinson; Letters from the Federal farmer, Richard Henry Lee - E215.5.E4
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Rodney, Caesar

Library:

Rush, Benjamin

Library:

  • The selected writings of Benjamin Rush - AC7.R88
  • Letters - R154.R9A4 vol. 1-2
  • Reform of criminal law in Pennsylvania; selected enquiries, 1787-1819 - HV8694.R43
  • A plan for the punishment of crime; two essays - HV8671.R82
  • An inquiry into the effects of ardent spirits upon the human body and mind - RC565.R8 1823 (Thomason Room)
  • Two essays on the mind - R128.7.R94 1972
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Sherman, Roger

Library:

  • Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people, 1787-1788 (includes Sherman’s “letters of A Countryman”) - JK171.F72
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Williams, William

Library:

  • Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people, 1787-1788 (includes Williams’ “letter to A Landholder”) - JK171.F72
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Wilson, James

Library:

  • Selected political essays of James Wilson - JK171.W73
  • The works of James Wilson, …1790-1792 - JK171.W6 1896 vol. 1-2
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Witherspoon, John

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