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Northwest Ordinance: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the Northwest Ordinance, including manuscripts, government documents, and broadsides. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Congressional Publications

Journals of the Continental Congress

The text of the Northwest Ordinance appears in the Journals of the Continental Congress on July 13, 1787. Additional references to passage of the Northwest Ordinance can be found in the Journals on the following dates in 1787:

Letters of Delegates to Congress

The Letters of Delegates to Congress reprints a number of letters that reference the Northwest Ordinance, including the following selected highlights:

African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection

A selection of highlights includes:

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention

A selection of highlights includes:

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Thomas Jefferson Papers

Selected Highlight: