Columbia University joins the nation in celebrating Constitution Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 -- the anniversary of the date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 signed the Constitution -- with a special exhibition, "John Jay and the Constitution."
The exhibition includes manuscripts from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's John Jay collection, which are related to the quest for constitutional reform and ratification of the Constitution by the various states. The highlight of the exhibition is Jay's original draft of essay Number 5 of the Federalist Papers, first published in The Independent Journal on Nov. 10, 1787. The exhibition also features a copy of the first bound volume of the Federalist Papers, published in 1788; correspondence with Jay's father-in-law, William Livingston, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from New Jersey, on the likely outcome of the convention; letters to and from George Washington, and more.
"John Jay and the Constitution" is on display in the Rare Books and Manuscript Room, Butler Library, 6th Floor East, until Sept. 23. For more information on the Library's extensive collection of The Papers of John Jay, please visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/jay/. For more information on Constitution Day, please visit