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Constitution Day 2016: WE, the People: Sources

Constitution Day is September 17

On Display

In Cold War Washington, the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights were on display on the exhibit floor of National Archives during the day. At night, the cases were lowered into a safe under the floor.

Not on Display

During the time the documents were displayed at National Archives and stored at night in the Mosler vault, pages 2 and 3 of the Constitution were never displayed.



Federal Depository

The University of Delaware Library is a Federal Depository Library.

"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but as Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
– James Madison, "Letter to W. T. Barry" (August 4, 1822)