The Arizona Constitution Project

Providing the state of Arizona easier access to its constitution and the story of its creation.

Arizona is a young state, founded within the lifetimes of our parents and grandparents — and even founded by some of our parents and grandparents.

The Arizona Constitution Project at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership aims to tell the story of the state through the creation of its constitution by creating 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.

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

Three parts

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 a digital, searchable version of the Arizona Constitution, as well as 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. 
 

Digital Constitutions

In addition to telling the story of how the state was founded, we also want to make it easier for Arizona citizens and scholars to access the state's guiding document. We currently have an unabridged version of the Arizona constitution available on our website. In the future, we plan to have the original 1910 version of the constitution, as well as an annotated version to help guide readers through the most important aspects of the text. 

Pocket Constitutions

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