Civic Classics Collection

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership has begun to build a Civic Classics Collection of rare books and manuscripts in collaboration with ASU’s Hayden Library intended to support the school’s mission of civic education through use in classroom environments and public programming. 

The Civic Classics Collection Library Guide

The school is actively working with high school and middle school educators, the library staff, and other community members to develop civic education and American history curriculum for teachers in Arizona to use in their classrooms. These will include lectures from the school’s faculty, reading guides and quizzes designed around the Civic Classics Collection. As part of the curriculum, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership also aims to host high school and middle school students in an immerserve experience where they will get to see first-hand the books and manuscripts they've been reading about, as well as experience life on ASU's Tempe campus. To learn more about the curriculum, visit our new Library Guide.

Civic Classics Library Guide 

The collection includes:

  • "Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg by Abraham Lincoln", In Autograph Leaves of Our Country's Authors. 
  • "Address of the President Washington on his Resignation to the People of the United 
  • States". In The London Times, 
  • "President's Declination to the people of the United States delivered by George Washington, In Independent Chronicle: Universal Advertiser. 
  • Chief Joseph's Own Story, by Joseph (Nez Percé Chief).
  • A Collection of the Facts and Documents Relative to the Death of Major General Alexander Hamilton with Comments: Together with the Various Orations, Sermons, and Eulogies, That Have Been Published or Written on His Life and Character. 
  • Discourse in Commemoration of the Lives and Services of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 
  • The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, 
  • The History of Woman Suffrage, edited by Susan B. Anthony & Ida Husted Harper. 
  • "Inaugural Address of His Excellency the President [Washington] of the United States, to Congress, April 30, 1789. In The American Museum for May.
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith. 
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by Frederick Douglass. 
  • Notes on the State of Virginia, written by Thomas Jefferson. 
  • Old Indian Legends, retold by Zitkala-Sa. 
  • Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglass, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858.
  • "President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. In The Tribune Almanac and Political Register
  • Principles of Political Economy with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy, by John Stuart Mill. First Edition
  • The "Reynolds Pamphlet" by Alexander Hamilton.
  • Sal Si Puedes: Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution, by Peter Matthiessen
  • "Selections from the Woman's Rights Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments Adopted at the Seneca Falls Convention". In The North Star 
  • Sketches of the History of America, by James Thomson Callender. 
  • The Slave-Wife, by F.H. Green. Also, Speech of Frederick Douglass (A Fugitive Slave from Maryland), in Belfast, Ireland, on the Presentation of a Beautiful Copy of the Holy Bible, by the Citizens of that Place. 
  • Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. by Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. 2 Volume. 

More information on the full collection is available on the Hayden Library’s website. If you are interested in learning about the next showing of the Civic Classics Collection, please sign up for our email newsletter.

The books and manuscripts will be available for viewing several times throughout the year for students, community members and classes. 

To learn more about the books, as well as other books in ASU Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts collections, visit Hayden Library's website