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This guide lists sources of laws of the original thirteen colonies.


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Another Source of Charters

The Avalon Project from Yale University is a good source for colonial charters and a small selection of other colonial laws.



This research guide pulls together various sources for laws of the original thirteen colonies.

The BGSU Libraries owns some paper sources for colonial laws.  Some states have compiled the colonial laws into a database. Volumes of laws for some colonies are available full text from the HathiTrust Digital Library, the Internet Archives or Google Books.  Volumes of some colonial laws are reproduced on microcards in the Early American Imprints microform series, held by BGSU.  Other OhioLINK libraries own copies of colonial laws that are available to be borrowed by BGSU students, faculty, and staff.

General Sources

A general source of colonial charters, along with a selection of the most important laws is:

Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters, and other Organic Laws of the State, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America, compiled and edited under the act of Congress of June 30, 1906 (7 vol.) This is available at the North West Ohio Book Depository and can be requested by clicking on the Request Item button on the BGSU Libraries Catalog record.

Some volumes are available full text online via:



Hathi Trust Digital Library:


Record 1

Record 2


Internet Archive:

v. 1

v. 2

v. 3

v. 4

v. 5

v. 6

v. 7


Google Books:








Author of this LibGuide

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Carol Singer
Library Teaching & Learning Department
Rm. 152 Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403