Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Celebrates Constitution Day

Emily Gardner

September 17, 2015

(VIDEO) The Remnant Trust is home to several versions of the United States Constitution.


The Constitution of the United States was adopted on Sept. 17, 1787, and the United States continues to remember that day as Constitution Day. Texas Tech University is home to several first editions of the Constitution, which are part of The Remnant Trust. Fourteen documents, including the first editions, versions of the Articles of Confederation, The Federalist and the Magna Carta, will be displayed as part of a two-week Constitution exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

The documents are:

  • “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” by John Adams (1788)
  • “Commentaries on the Law” by William Blackstone (1771) First American Edition
  • “The Federalist” (1802) Second Edition
  • “Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws” by Thomas Jefferson (1811)
  • “Magna Carta” (1576)
  • “The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America” (1781) First Edition
  • “Journals, Acts and proceedings of the Convention assembled at Philadelphia Monday, May 14 and dissolved Monday September 17, 1787, which formed the Constitution of the United States.” (1819)
  • “Articles of Confederation” (1789) First Book Edition
  • “Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Federal Convention” by Robert Yates (1821)
  • “Declaration of Rights” by Gazette of the United States Newspaper (1789)
  • “The Gentleman's Magazine containing the first British Printing of the U.S. Constitution” by The Gentleman's Magazine (1787) First Edition
  • “The Constitution of the United States of America: As proposed by the Convention held at Philadelphia” (1799)
  • “Acts passed as a Congress of the United States of America, begun and held at the city of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, in the Year 1789” (1791)
  • “An Address From the General Court, to the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1786)