What is The Quill Project?

The Quill Project studies the history of negotiated texts. It is a research project based at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Using the records of the processes that have created constitutions, treaties, or legislation, Quill re-creates the contexts within which decisions were made and offers visualizations of the process of negotiation that led to the founding documents as we know them today. Its flagship project examined the work of the 1787 convention that created the U.S. Constitution.

Since 2015, CCS has assisted with most aspects of the Quill Project, including student engagement in digitizing and analyzing materials relevant to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and a growing number of state constitutional conventions.

As a result of this work, students have engaged in archival and historical work and related scholarship regarding the negotiation of the constitutional documents.

Currently, our Quill student workers are modeling the Congressional sessions that produced the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and are preparing to model more state-level constitutional conventions.


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