Use the smaller-sized text Use the larger-sized text Use the very large text

Volumes IV-VII, Ratification by the States: Massachusetts

Supplements to the Massachusetts Volumes

The volumes charting the ratification process in Massachusetts and some 1,000 supplementary documents, some including scans of original documents, are available online in searchable PDF format. Click on the links below to begin searching the Massachusetts volumes or the supplements.

Search/Browse the Volumes
Search/Browse the Supplements

The Raising of the Sixth Pillar," Massachusetts Centinel, 16 January, 1788
"The Raising of the
Sixth Pillar,"
Massachusetts Centinel
16 January, 1788

In 1787, an effort to revise the Articles of Confederation turned into a constitutional convention that dramatically altered the way that the young United States of America would be governed.  On October 25, 1787, Massachusetts called a convention to debate the new constitution, and five months later on February 6, 1788 the Massachusetts convention adopted the Constitution.  Four volumes of  The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution are devoted to the public and private debate surrounding ratification of this state which played a key role in the acceptance of the Constitution.  These four volumes encompass over 1,800 pages of legislative and executive records, personal accounts by convention participants and observers, newspaper extracts, pamphlets and broadsides, as well as convention sources housed in the Massachusetts State Archives.  The Massachusetts volumes chart the dialogue beginning in early September, 1787 before the Constitution was signed by the delegates in Philadelphia, and continue to cover the aftermath of ratification in Massachusetts.

  • Volume IV, Ratification by the States: Massachusetts, volume 1 ( ISBN 0-87020-292-8, Hardcover $75.00 )
  • Volume V, Ratification by the States: Massachusetts, volume 2 (600 pp., ISBN 0-87020-302-9, Hardcover $75.00)
  • Volume VI, Ratification by the States: Massachusetts, volume 3 ( 440 pp., ISBN 0-87020-316-9, Hardcover $75.00)
  • Volume VII, Ratification by the States: Massachusetts, volume 4 (518 pp., ISBN 0-87020-333-9, Hardcover $75.00)


  • Questions about this page? Email us
  • Email this page to a friend
Highlights Related Resouces
select text size Use the smaller-sized textUse the larger-sized textUse the very large text