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Guide to the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration Records, 1976-1977

Summary

The American Revolution Bicentennial Administrstion was created by Congress in 1974 to encourage and coordinate local events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Collection includes copies of ARBA administrative materials.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10197
Title
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration records
Date
1976-1977
Creator
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains copies of ARBA administration papers including administration correspondence, advisory board files, N.C. Travelling Speakers History Courses information, and nomination forms. Originals of these are in the National Archives. Also included are the one hundred volumes chosen. The questionnaires asking for title nominations went to leading universities in each state and the U.S. territories. Then an advisory board of authorities, headed by Carlos Baker of Princeton, chose from these nominations the 100 titles to be newly printed. The books chosen span the entire period of American history; each one was individually redesigned, leather bound and tooled in gold. Many were newly illustrated by leading artists. Each work has notes from the editors such as pictures and information about the author, the work and its importance in American history. Part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.

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[Identification of item], American Revolution Bicentennial Administration Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, undated
Box 1
Advisory Board: A-F, 1976
Box 1
Advisory Board: G-V, 1976
Box 1
NC Truly Speeches, History Courses, undated
Box 1
Universities: Alabama-Arkansas, undated
Box 2
Universities: California-Delaware, undated
Box 2
Universities: Florida-Idaho, undated
Box 2
Universities: Illinois-Kentucky, undated
Box 2
Universities: Louisiana-Massachusetts, undated
Box 2
Universities: Michigan-Montana, undated
Box 2
Universities: Nebraska-New Mexico, undated
Box 3
Universities: North Carolina-Oregon, undated
Box 3
Universities: Pennsylvania-State University College Buffalo, NY, undated
Box 3
Universities: Tennessee-Virginia, undated
Box 3
Universities: Washington-Wyoming, undated
Box 3
 

Historical Note

The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA) was created by Congress in 1974 to encourage and coordinate local celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The Administration was charged with composing a master calendar that accounted for all local, state, and national events observing the bicentennial, providing event guidelines and information regarding the historical aspects of the events, and licensing bicentennial products and distributing commemorative medals and other items. ARBA served as a resource to provide for independent projects, contests, and programming related to the bicentennial.


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Provenance

The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 1998.

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