Fundamental Documents Initiative

Each community has documents that are considered fundamental to its identity.  For Americans, most likely, those materials may be the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or less formal items such as the Gettysburg Address or even FDR’s Declaration of War in 1941.  For Native communities, editors recognize that other documents may supersede those choices.  The Project’s Fundamental Document Initiatives asks communities to identify documents that are particularly significant to their history.