SpColl 40: Bicentennial Collection

Introduction

This collection of printed materials and realia (e.g. objects from everyday life) commemorates the American Bicentennial celebration in 1976. The collection includes pamphlets, brochures and other printed materials about regional bicentennial celebrations, special edition reprints for the bicentennial and official information from the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. The collection also includes realia themed with American iconography, such as the Liberty Bell, Flag, Bald Eagle, and more. The realia includes such objects as a special edition beer can, pin back buttons, toys, and posters. Most of the items within this collection are from the years 1973 through 1976.

Finding aid prepared by Travis Limbert, Summer 2011.

Series Description

Literary Productions
1974
Can include guidelines for use of the bicentennial symbol

Legal Documents
n.d.
Includes a reprint of the Declaration of the Independence

Printed Materials
1973-1976, n.d.
Can include clippings, pamphlets, booklets, flyers, brochures, and press kits

Artifacts/Realia
n.d.
Can include pinback buttons, license plates, sugar packets, coasters, balloons.

Inventory

Box 1
Series 1 : Literary Productions
Series 2: Legal Documents
Series 3: Printed Materials
Folder Description Date
Series 1: Literary Productions
1 Guidelines for Authorized Use of the Official Bicentennial Symbol 1974
Series 2: Legal Documents
2 Contract
(Reprint of the Declaration of Independence)
n.d.
Series 3: Printed Materials
Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania
3 Pamphlets Brochures 1976, n.d.
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
4 Pamphlets 1974-1975, n.d.
5 Brochures 1975, n.d.
6 Flyers 1974, n.d.
7 Broadsides/Posters 1975
8 Programs 1973-1975, n.d.
9 Miscellaneous n.d.
The New York City Bicentennial Corporation
10 Brochures 1976, n.d.
11 Programs 1975
State of New Jersey Bibliography Committee
12 Pamphlets 1975, n.d.
Miscellaneous
13 Pamphlets 1975-1976, n.d.
14 Brochures 1972-1976, n.d.
15 Proofs n.d.
16 Flyers 1976, n.d.
17 Clippings 1975-1976, n.d.
18 Broadsides/Posters n.d.
19 Programs 1975-1976, n.d.
20 Periodicals
(Women's League, Vol. 46, No. 2)
Winter 1975
21 Trading Cards
(13 Big Boy Bicentennial Trading Cards)
1975
22 Miscellaneous
(2 Bicentennial Visitor's Passes, 1 bank envelope, Boy Scout Card, 3 different Bicentennial Train Stubs)
1976, n.d.
Box 2
Printed Materials
Folder Description Date
Press kits
1 Johnny Horizon '76 1973
2 Salute '76 New York City's Bicentennial Celebration 1975-1976
3 Town 76 Meeting 1975
4 American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976 1972-1976
5 American Issues Forum: A National Bicentennial Program 1975
Box 3
Artifacts/ Realia
Folder Description Publisher
1 1 Maxwell House Coffee 1776 Style Storage Jar Maxwell House
2 1 Falstaff Bicentennial Beer Can Falstaff Brewing Corporation
3 1 Plastic Bicentennial Ice Cream Boat Unknown
4 3 American Freedom Train Cups 2 Celebrating 200 Years of American Sports Cups Sweetheart
5 1 Men of '76 Revolutionary Figure Set #10 Innovation Promotions, Inc.
6 1 Plastic '76 Mini Flag Unknown
7 1 Bicentennial Key Ring and Medallion still in original packaging Christian Appalachian Project
8 Buttons
1 Brooklyn, Michigan Bicentennial Unknown
1 Channel 30 Bicentennial Buy-in
1 I am an American 76'er
1 The Minute Man Colonial Militia America's Bicentennial
1 Spirit of '76 America's Bicentennial
1 American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1796 American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
1 American Bicentennial Town of Thompson Village of Monticello American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
9 Sugar packets
1 George Washington Gamma Packing Corp.
1 James Madison
1 Our First Flag Bicentennial Domino
1 Independence Hall
1 Signing the Declaration of Independence
1 Symbols of Freedom (George Washington)
1 Symbols of Freedom (Paul Revere)
10 1 Spirit of '76 Key Chain Unknown
1 '76 American Flag Bennington
1 American Revolution Bicentennial Cloth Patch Unknown
11 1 Bicentennial Postage Stamp Match Book Cover D.D. Bean & Sons Co.
1 Johnny Horizon '76 “Let's Clean Up America For Our 200 th Birthday” Diamond Match Div.
12 1 Bicentennial Flag Pen with Disk on Top Unknown
13 1 Liberty Bell 1776-1976 White Balloon Unknown
1 Statue of Liberty American Bicentennial White Balloon
14 Pins
1 Spirit of '76 Flag Unknown  
1 Liberty Bell '76
1 Official Symbol of the United State's Bicentennial Red, White and Blue Star Jewelry Corp.
15 1 Silver Necklace “Women's Bicentennial 1776-1976” Tony Carabillo
16 1 Bicentennial Metal Coaster Unknown
17 1 Gold Coin featuring George Washington and George the Third in a blue velvet case Times Newspaper Limited/Barclays Bank
18 4 coin Bicentennial set in a black leather case U.S. Mint
19 1 U.S. Postal Service Bicentennial Philatelic Passport U.S. Postal Service
20 1 Bicentennial Day Commemorative Medal and Declaration The Franklin Mint
21 3 1776-1976 Liberty Bell Napkins Unknown
2 Cedar Point 76 Napkins
1 Bicentennial Observation Beach Productions
22 1 Marcal Spirit of 1776 Hankies Tissue Box Marcal Paper Mills Inc.
23 1 Bicentennial Edition of Fireside Chocolate Chip Cookies (package) Fireside
24 1 Michigan Bicentennial License Plate State of Michigan
25 1 American Bicentennial Frisbee Unknown
26 1 Bicentennial Plastic Bag Purse The Pushcart
Box 4
Oversize
Folder Description Date
1 Miscellaneous (4 Placemats, 1 Postcard and 1 Menu from an LK Restaurant) 1976, n.d.
2 Pamphlet (Documents Of Democracy) 1975
3 Brochure (American Issues Forum) 1976
4 Broadsides/Posters (1 The American Freedom Train is Coming) 1976
5 Broadsides/Posters (1 Americana '76 City of New York) 1976
6 Program (NSA Bicentennial Convention Graphic) 1976
7 Prints 1976