State Constitutions Illustrated


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  • Nearly 9,000 current and historical constitutions for all fifty states!
  • Extensive collection of pre-statehood primary material
  • More than 1,000 books and 770,000 pages of related works to each state’s constitutional history
  • Composed of original and consolidated texts heavily annotated with references to case law
  • Perfect for anyone interested in comparative constitutional studies, legal and political history of the United States, or state-specific research
  • Comprehensive collection of multiple editions from various sources


HeinOnline’s State Constitutions Illustrated is a collection of the constitutions of the 50 states of the United States, together with related documents and resources. Containing the text of every constitution that has been in force for every state with the original, consolidated and current texts and an extensive collection of documents from before statehood, State Constitutions Illustrated provides comprehensive coverage and allows researchers to compare multiple editions from multiple sources. It currently has nearly 10,000 historical and current constitutions and constitutional documents, but if that isn’t enough to satiate your state constitution research needs, don’t worry—we’re adding more!

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“The State Constitutions Illustrated database is a treasure trove of information on constitutional histories. It has a clean, simple interface that allows the user to find primary documentation about how the United States acquired each state in the union.”Sean Harrington, Electronic Resources Librarian, Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog


  • Letter patents
  • Royal and proprietary instructions
  • Treaties
  • Letters and agreements
  • Laws of proprietary and royal colonial legislatures
  • And more!


  • Treaties
  • Federal acts relating to specific territories
  • Territorial laws of the governors and legislatures
  • Letters and agreements
  • Federal organic acts and enabling acts
  • And more!


More Information links are provided for every constitutional document in State Constitutions Illustrated. The information within them was written by the database’s editor, helping guide researchers through the trove of documents provided. The information given includes:

  • Full text of the document
  • Official reference number
  • Publication date
  • Source
  • Source location
  • Adoption date
  • Language of origin
  • Language of document


The State Constitutions Illustrated LibGuide features database-specific content, search tips, tools, features, training materials, and more. Using the guide, researching can learn:

  • How to locate constitutional documents, amendments, and related scholarly articles
  • Database-specific search tips
  • How to use Venn Diagram searching
  • How to view annotations from the editor
  • How to research other related works
  • And more!
State Constitutions Illustrated


Jefri Jay Ruchti provided his editorial guidance to help develop State Constitutions Illustrated. Named for John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruchti was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1949. He attended the University of Wisconsin, as had his grandfather, father, and brother, and also attended the University of Chicago. Ruchti began actively collecting the texts of historical and current constitutions in 1984, becoming an editor and translator under the mentorship of Gisbert H. Flanz (1916-2015), founding editor of Constitutions of the Countries of the World.

In addition to his academic work with constitutions, Ruchti has pursued an independent career as an artist, working primarily in dry media on Japanese paper, exhibiting his work widely in the United States. He lives with his wife, Leigh Whiteman, in Guilford, Connecticut.

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