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Bicentennial Observances collection

Identifier: MSS-026

Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection contain the published information concerning all activities relating to the celebration of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976. This includes a national comprehensive calendar of bicentennial events, 1975-1976; an index of activities and a master register of Bicentennial projects. Also included is a list of local committee members, correspondence of the committee, a calendar of events, recognition of historic landmarks and other material dealing with the Festival that marked the occasion locally.


  • 1974-1976

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

The United States of America celebrated the Bicentennial of the American Revolution throughout the entire year of 1976. Preparation for the event began as early as 1974. The Congress mandated the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration to:

"...prepare the master calendar of events of local, state, national, and international significance which will take place between March 1975 and December 1976…the Administrator shall provide for the bicentennial master calendar or register of programs and projects, and in other ways provide for the bicentennial master calendar or register of programs and projects, and in other ways provide a central clearinghouse for information and coordination..." (Public Law 93-179)

Throughout the entire country, Bicentennial Committees were formed to plan, schedule and coordinate events that would mark and celebrate this national holiday.


0.8 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Bicentennial Observances advertisements and American Revolution documents, 1975-1976

Series 2: Bicentennial Observances commission materials, 1975-1976

Series 3: Bicentennial Observances subject files, 1975-1992

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1992/02/29 by N. Turner. Finding aid created 1983/02/14 by D. Tambo. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/22 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2012/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.

Bicentennial Observances collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA