Records of the Constitutional Convention of 1849



  1. Constitution of the State of California. 1849. Enrolled, original copy. 19 pages. Microfilm Roll No. MF2:10(5A).

    This is the handwritten parchment copy of the constitution that the delegates signed on October 13, 1849. It was ordered placed "among the archives of the State".

  2. Constitucion del Estado de California. 1849. Spanish translation. 1 volume. (44 pages). Microfilm Roll No. MF2:10(5A).

    The handwritten copy produced under the supervision of W.E.P. Hartnell, Translator of the Convention, and ordered placed "among the archives of the State". Please note that blank pages have not been scanned

  3. Constitution of the State of California. 1849. Engrossed copy. 1 inch. (47 pages)

    This is the handwritten "third reading" copy of the constitution that the convention adopted on October 10 and 11, 1849. The delegates signatures are included.

  4. Journal of the Convention Assembled to Frame a Constitution for the State of California. 1849. 1 volume. (200 pages) Microfilm Roll No. MF6:5(31).

    A handwritten record of convention proceedings, of actions taken and the vote thereon, September 1 – October 13, 1849. For remarks and speeches of the delegates, see J. Ross Browne, Report of the Debates in the Convention of California on the Formation of the State Constitution, (pdf ~ 52.88 MB, 537 pages) (Washington, D.C., 1850).

  5. Constitutional Convention Papers. 1849. 8 inches.

    These consist of lists of delegates; drafts of resolutions, articles, and amendments; committee reports, some of which are cited in the Journal as Lettered Documents; correspondence relating to the copying and translation of records, printing of the constitution, and payment of convention expenses; and a copy of the Iowa constitution as printed by the Pacific News in San Francisco for convention use.

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