Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records

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Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records


  • 1973-1976 (Creation)


1.5 cu.ft. (2 boxes and 2 phonograph records)


The Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial was formed to assist the Church in its participation in nation-wide activities commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and more broadly of the founding of the United States of America.

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The committee’s records reflect the work done to create a vehicle for crafting projects and resources for parishes to celebrate the role of religion in marking the country’s bicentennial of independence. Records were also generated by two subcommittees of the Bicentennial Committee: Budget and “Forward Look”, to define future directions for the Church, especially in relation to the Bicentennial theme, "liberty and justice for all.” The latter committee met in 1975 and was chaired by Hodding Carter III. The committee’s records show their full engagement in a planning agenda. Emphasis was given to a special issue Anglican Theological Review (55:1) and the plans for the General Convention program and exhibit. Other publications relating to the Bicentennial are present, including writings on the topic by Presiding Bishop John Allin.


Administrative Records of the Bicentennial Committee, 1973-1976
Subcommittee Records of the Bicentennial Committee, 1974-1976
Project Files of the Bicentennial Committee, 1972-1976
Bicentennial Committee Relations with Non-Episcopal Groups, 1972-1976
Collected Publications in re: the Bicentennial, 1975-1977
General Correspondence, 1972-1977
Bicentennial Exhibit from the Archives of the Episcopal Church, 1976

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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The Archives is able to respond to limited requests for reproductions subject to copyright restrictions, internal policy, and the condition of the source documents.

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