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U.S. Colonial Laws: Home

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

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Avalon Project

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

Records of the American Colonies



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

Colonial laws may be available in tangible formats:

  • The BGSU Libraries own some paper sources for colonial laws. 
  • Other OhioLINK libraries own book or microfilm copies of colonial laws that may be borrowed by BGSU students, faculty, and staff.

Colonial laws may also be available on the Internet:

  • Some states have compiled colonial laws into a database
  • Digitized books may be available full text from the HathiTrust Digital Library, the Internet Archives, Google Books or another source


General Sources

The 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, by Francis Newton Thorpe (1909)

Full text at Google Books:








Author of this LibGuide

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Rebecca Stanwick
152 Jerome Library
Subjects: History