The Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution

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The Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution will be a new public resource for the study of Arizona’s founding charter and its development.

The Arizona Constitution is uniquely responsive to citizens’ wishes and has always reflected the flinty spiritedness of Arizona itself. The Arizona Constitution Project at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership aims to tell the story of Arizona by establishing the first public resource for the study of the state’s founding document. Joined by ARTIS International and the Quill Project at Oxford University, the school has created this civic education initiative that will allow citizens and scholars alike to better understand Arizona’s unique contribution to constitutional democracy as well as the ideals and principles that Arizonans hold in common.

Through the Arizona Constitution Project, we aim to:

  • Encourage citizens to know and appreciate the political history of Arizona and America’s system of constitutional federalism.
  • Provide civic education resources to bring Arizona’s constitutional tradition to the state’s K-12 schools, through a website and Arizona pocket constitution.
  • Enable citizens to contribute personal archival materials to give a fuller and more inclusive picture of Arizona’s constitutional development.
  • Help scholars better understand liberal democracy by incorporating Arizona’s state history into the Quill Project’s database of worldwide constitution-making.

The Arizona Constitution Project consists of three main components:

The Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution, the digital Arizona Constitution, and the Arizona Pocket Constitution.

Learn more about the project at azconstitution.com.

Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution

The Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution is an online resource for Arizona residents and constitutional scholars to study Arizona’s founding document. The repository will consist of detailed accounts of the story of the Arizona Constitution.

We encourage citizens to share any documents, mementos, scrapbooks or anything else that could help share the collective story of our state’s constitution. Over time, scholars at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will build the narrative of how our constitution was developed and who made it possible.

To contribute, email; AZConstitution@asu.edu or visit azconstitution.org for more information, including instructions on submitting documents.

Digital Arizona Constitution

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will create and maintain a variety of digital editions of the Arizona Constitution, including an accessible, updated, and easily searchable text as well as an annotated version that traces its changes over time: all will be publicly and freely available for all to use.

Learn more about the project at azconstitution.org.

Arizona Pocket Constitution

Part of the mission of the Arizona Constitution Project is to make the Arizona Constitution readily available to citizens of the state. To do that, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership has developed a pocket version of the Arizona Constitution. To order pocket constitutions for your class or community group, email: AZConstitution@asu.edu.