Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation
Title: Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation Records
Dates: 1972-1976
Accession No.: MA76-1
Quantity: 17 Cartons
Language: The records are in English .
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

History

The idea for a Bicentennial celebration in Dallas was raised by prominent civic leaders as early as 1971, and, after continued discussions and meeting held by private citizens, the Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Committee was jointly established in February, 1974 by the City of Dallas, Dallas County, and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. One month later, an outgrowth of this Committee was formed: the Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation was incorporated in the Sate of Texas on 14 March 1974.

The non-profit Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation (DARBC)was established for the purpose of coordination and Publicizing Bicentenial events and projects in the City of Dallas during the national celebration of the United States' 200th Anniversary. With a ten-member Board of Directors, the DARBC was headed by President John D. Torry, Jr., retired Brigadier General of the United States Army.

Once the City of Dallas had been officially designated a Bicentennial City on 11 November 1974 by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA), the DARBC began working under the guidelines established by the ARBA. The ARBA desired grass roots involvement in celebrating the Bicentennial and the DARBC was the local agency responsible for creating and managing a Dallas Bicentennial interest. The DARBC therefore reviewed all proposals from individuals and groups who wished to sponsor a Bicentennial event in Dallas. If the proposal passed the DARBC's standards, the project was designated as an official Bicentennial event.

The DARBC sponsored several projects of its own, even though its funding was extremely limited. A one-time public fund raising campaign was held in January, 1975 in which a coupon was run in both of the leading Dallas newspapers, requesting contributions from the general public, and a letter was sent to 1965 private corporations soliciting donations. Approximately $110,000 was raised through these efforts.

Bicentennial events grew in frequency all through 1975 and 1976 as the DARBC worked with hundreds of civic groups, churches, and schools. The culmination of this activity and the climax of the DARBC's efforts took place in the "Dallas Celebrates America" week, July 1-5, 1976 and the observance of the nation's Bicentennial. With the celebration completed, the Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial was voluntarily dissolved on 1 December 1976.


Scope and Contents

The collection covers the lifespan of the Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation (DARBC), 1974-1976, and provides insights into all of its activities. The records are divided into four series: Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation (DARBC), Major Events, Projects Resource File, and Memorabilia.

The DARBC series includes the following subseries: Organization and History, Board of Directors, Committees, Correspondence, Personnel, Budget, In-House Operations, Projects, and Publicity. These subseries are a record of the internal substructure of the DARBC.

The Organization and History section gives a very thorough coverage of the life of the Corporation. Materials starts with the resolutions in February, 1974 adopted by the City of Dallas endorsing the establishment of such a corporation, through the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, the purposes and goals, and end with the dissolution of the DARBC on 1 December 1976. No formal dissolution contract was ever drawn up but there are rough drafts and some correspondence on this matter between corporate officers.

The Committees file is divided into a minutes of meetings section and a correspondence and organization section. Under both of these subdivisions the various committees are listed alphabetically. The same committee is not necessarily represented in both sections.

The two major correspondents found in the correspondence section are S.L. Abbott, the Regional Director of the ARBA, and Lillian Bradshaw, Director of the Dallas Public Library. Most of the correspondence in this collection is filed with the subject that it deals with and has not been separated and placed in this Correspondence segment.

The DARBC received no direct funding from any government bodies. The DARBC had to rely on its own fund raising campaigns. These included the newspaper coupon drive, asking corporations for donations, the management and sale of the Dallas Bicentennial medallions, and the sale of U.S. Postal Service Bicentennial memorabilia packages and cachet covers. All of the operations are fully documented in the Budget file.

The In-House Operations section covers the DARBC's use of Bicentennial artwork, the creation of calendars of Dallas Bicentennial events, and the mailing list for distribution of Bicentennial materials to Dallas community leaders. The DARBC received a large amount of literature from manufacturers of Bicentennial novelties and this has been compiled into a resource file in the In-House Operations sub-series. Correspondence from citizens and groups suggest project ideas has also been filed in the In-House Operation segment.

There is a large Publicity section and this is to be expected since one of the main functions of the DARBC was to inform the Dallas community of the upcoming Bicentennial events. Besides the newsletters, press releases, speeches, and media correspondence there were two unusual publicity methods employed by the DARBC. One was a booth ser up at the Holiday Shopper's Show in Dallas in November, 1975 to distribute pamphlets and provide information on celebrating the Bicentennial. The other was the Dallas Bicentennial Speaker's Bureau, a group of volunteers who spoke to various organizations on the history of the American Revolution and how individuals or groups could participate in the Dallas celebration of the Bicentennial.

The second series, Major Events, is divided into two sections: "Dallas Celebrates America" July 1-5, July 1976, and the American Freedom Train Visit to Dallas, 29 February - 4 March 1976. The sheer number of participants and the size of the audience separates these two events from other Bicentennial projects which were also being administered by the DARBC.

The DARBC had to arrange a site in Dallas for the American Freedom Train, provide accommodations for its crew, schedule the visits of school children, organize daily entertainment at the Train's location, publicize the event, and manage the sale of tickets, This burden of responsibilities taxed the abilities of the DARBC and the full administrative account is contained in these records.

Coordinating the "Dallas Celebrates America" celebration was the other major undertaking of the DARBC. This five day festival involved numerous civic groups and hundreds of citizens. The publicity arranged by the DARBC, its correspondence with sponsors, and a collection of pamphlets from various events, are all retained in this section.

The Projects Resource File series comprises the bulk of the material in this collection. This series was collected by the DARBC and is made up of records from various organizations involved in planning and sponsoring Bicentennial projects. The Projects Resource File has been divided into three geographical areas: local, State of Texas, and national. Each of these areas has been further divided into public agencies and private organizations. The State of Texas and the national areas also contain a separate subdivision of materials on their respective coordinating bodies.

The local records cover Bicentennial projects that took place in the City and County of Dallas. Public agencies represented include units of the United States Armed Forces which were involved in the participation of local events. The private sector has a large quantity of sponsors and groups and these have been divided into subject classifications. Besides the brochures and pamphlets that these projects generated, there is also in these files correspondence between the DARBC and these local groups since the DARBC reviewed their projects and coordinated their activities.

On the State of Texas level, the first elements are records of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial Commission of Texas that the DARBC compiled. Even though the Commission was the statewide coordinating body for all Bicentennial events, there is very little in these records to reflect this role. The majority of the files contain either publicity materials or accounts of three statewide workshops helf in 1974 and 1975.

The coordinating agency on the national level was the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA). The DARBC collected a large amount of brochures, calendars, newsletters, and documents on the ARBA's structure, goals, and activities.

The public agencies on the national level range from the Federal departments in Washington D.C. to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. The projects of the public agencies and the private organizations are arranged alphabetically by sponsor. For both public and private projects, the DARBC accumulated a wide variety of correspondence and publications. These materials detail the scope of the projects and the activities of their sponsors.

The container list has the complete listing of all of the projects on the local, State of Texas, and national levels.

The fourth and final series, Memorabilia, has been divided by physical characteristics into the following categories: Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1976; Magazine Articles, 1975-1976; Photographs and Negatives; Slides; Artifacts; and Oversized Materials. While the three previous series were differentiated by their subject content, the Memorabilia series has no distinct subject orientation. It is arranged solely on physical format and contains material from all three preceding series. The researcher is advised to check both the separation record and the container list if he is interested in these types of materials.

The Newspaper Clippings are limited to Texas newspapers only. The Magazine articles segment is divided into Texas and national publications. The Photographs and Negatives file is separated into three sections based on the three series: Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation (DARBC). Major Events and Projects Resource File. There are Slides only from the Project Resource File series. All Artifacts are randomly stored within the three designated cartons for artifacts. All Oversized Materials are kept separate from the rest of the collection. Access to these materials is available trough the Archival Librarian.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Titles:
Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA76-1 Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation Records Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation

Organization and History
Resolution
Box Folder
1 1 1974, February
Official designation of Dallas as a Bicentennial City
Box Folder
1 2 Application for designation 1973-1974
3 Designation ceremony 11 November 1974
Corporate information
Box Folder
1 4 Articles of incorporation 14 March 1974
5 Bylaws 1974
6 Purpose and goals 1974
7 Dissolution 1976
8 Final report 1 December 1976
Board of Directors
Minutes of meetings
Box Folder
1 9 4 December 1974
10 28 January 1975
11 24 February 1975
12 28 April 1975
13 4 June 1975
14 17 June 1975
15 15 July 1975
16 18 August 1975
17 5 January 1976
18 12 April 1976
19 17 May 1976
20 2 June 1976
21 28 July 1976
Committees
Minutes of meetings
Box Folder
1 Executive Committee
22 17 September 1975
23 16 October 1975
Full Committee
24 7 February 1974
25 14 February 1974
26 21 February 1974
27 14 March 1974
28 23 May 1974
29 22 August 1974
30 17 October 1974
31 27 February 1975
32 30 April 1975
33 4 June 1975
34 7 January 1976
35 2 June 1976
Screening committee
36 1 May 1975
Selection committee
37 1 March 1974
Steering committee
38 1974?
39 19 August 1974
40 11 September 1974
41 8 October 1974
Committee correspondence and organization file,
42 Committee for the Dallas Bicentennial 1971-1974
43 Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial Corporation Committee 1974-1976
44 Advisory Council 1974-1975
45 Dallas Committee for the Religious Observance of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1974-1976
46 Dallas County Bicentennial Education Committee 1969-1976
47 Educational Subcommittee 1975-1976
48 Screening Committee 1974-1975
49 Sports Advisory Council 1974-1976
50 Theatre Arts Information Committee 1975-1976
51 Talent Bank 1975-1976
Box Folder
2 1 Proposals from performing arts groups 1975-1976
Correspondence
Box Folder
2 2 American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA) Regional Director, S.L. Abbott 1975
3 Dallas Public Library 1974-1976
4 Request for information and literature 1974-1976
Personnel
Box Folder
2 5 Resumes of staff
6 Volunteer lists
Budget
Box Folder
2 7 Citizens Council Presentation n.d.
8 Budget presentation 24 October 1974
Fund Raising - Administration
9 Application to Dallas County Campaign Screening Committee 1974
10 City Permit 1974
11 Bookkeeping 1974-1976
Correspondence,
12 Drafts of letters and background information 1974-1975
13 Thank-you letters to corporate contributors 1974-1976
14 Thank you letters to individual contributors 1974-1976
15 Newspaper coupon donations and request for information 1975
16 Corporations that declined 1975
Fund Raising - Programs
Box Folder
2 Dallas Bicentennial Medallion Program
17 Correspondence 1974-1975
Medallion Orders
18 A-L 1976
19 M-Z 1976
20 Dallas Federal Savings and Loan Association 1976
21 Press releases and correspondence 1976
22 Publicity 1976
23 Sale of official U.S. Postal Service Bicentennial Package 1976
24 Sale of official U.S. Postal Service Cachet Covers 4 July 1976
In-house Operations
Artwork
Box Folder
2 25 Dallas Bicentennial Logo 1974-1975
26 Clip art from publications n.d.
27 Invitation samples n.d.
28 Letterhead design December, 1975
29 Bicentennial Street Sign symbols n.d.
30 Water Bill enclosure 1975
Calendars
Box Folder
2 31 Plans and projects list prior to printing of formal calendar 1974-1975, July
32 Calendar of events general file 1975-1976
33 Staff calendar planners 1975-1976
Box Folder
Calendars of events
Box Folder
3 1 No.1 4 July 1975
2 No.2 1 October 1975
3 No.2 backup material
4 No.3 March 1976
Box Folder
Distribution of calendars
Box Folder
3 5 No.1 June-July 1975
6 No.2 October 1975
7 No.3 March 1976
8 Handbill distribution 4 July 1976
Mailing List
Box Folder
3 9 Civic and service clubs
10 Newsletters and calendars
11 Special persons
12 Miscellaneous
Bicentennial Materials
Box Folder
Administration
Box Folder
3 13 Reservations for loan of flags and other materials 1976
Box Folder
Advertising resource file
Box Folder
3 14 Badges, decals, and bumper stickers
15 Biking and hiking tours
16 Costumes
Box Folder
Films
Box Folder
3 17 Miscellaneous catalogs
18 Miscellaneous catalogs
19 Flags
20 Medals and plaques
21 Pins and jewelry
Box Folder
Other novelties
Box Folder
3 22 No. 1 miscellaneous
23 No. 2 miscellaneous
24 No. 3 miscellaneous
25 No. 4 miscellaneous
Project Ideas
Box Folder
4 1 Suggestions from Dallas citizens 1974-1976
2 Ideas requiring funds from sponsors 1975
Box Folder
Special interest areas
Box Folder
4 3 Churches 1973-1975
4 Minority groups 1972-1975
5 Performing arts groups 1972-1974
6 Public service organizations 1974
Box Folder
Education
Box Folder
4 7 Schools (all ages) 1974-1975
8 High schools 1974-1976
9 Colleges 1975
Box Folder
School Planning Kit
Box Folder
4 10 Masters
11 Information packet
12 Resource information for kit
13 Senior citizens n.d.
Projects
Box Folder
4 14 American Issues Forum - Dallas program 1975-1975
Box Folder
School contest
Box Folder
4 15 Administration by DARBC 1975-1976
Box Folder
Essay themes and winners
Box Folder
4 16 "Why We Serve Our County" November 1974
17 "Qualities of Leaderhship" 10 February 1975
18 B'nai B'rith essay contest March 1975
19 "America's New Frontiers" 13 October 1975
20 "Can America Afford a Foreign Policy Based on Moral Principles" 11 November 1975
21 "I am Thankful for my Heritage" 26 November 1975
22 "If George Washington Could See Us Now" 22 February 1976
23 "Texas' Unique Cultures" 21 March 1976
24 "Our Living Bill of Rights" 8th grade. 4 July 1976
25 "Our Living Bill of Rights" 9th grade 4 July 1976
26 "Our Living Bill of Rights" 10th grade 4 July 1976
27 "Our Living Bill of Rights" 11th grade. 4 July 1976
28 "Our Living Bill of Rights" 12th grade 4 July 1976
Box Folder
Poster themes and winners
Box Folder
4 29 San Jacinto Day 21 April 1975
30 "I am Thankful for my Heritage" 26 November 1975
31 "Beautiful Texas" 2 March 1976
32 "What I Love about America" 1st and 2nd grade. 4 July 1976
33 "What I Love about America" 3rd and 4th grade 4 July 1976
34 "What I Love about America" 5th and 6th grade 4 July 1976
35 Spirit of '76 Awards 1976
36 Youth Speakers Bureau 1975
Publicity
Box Folder
4 37 Board of Directors Monthly Information Bulletin 1975
38 Correspondence with media personalities 1975
39 Bicentennial booth at the Holiday Shopper's Show November, 1975
Box Folder
Mass media
Box Folder
4 40 Press releases 1974-1976
41 Public service announcements over radio and television 1975-1976
42 Radio and television talk shows 1975-1976
Box Folder
Public speaking
Box Folder
4 43 Biographies of Dallas citizens making speeches
44 Dallas Bicentennial Speakers Bureau
45 Speeches 1974-1976
Box Folder
Publications - Newsletter
Box Folder
5 1 No. 1 July 1975
2 No. 2 February 1976
3 No. 3 July 1976



 

Major Events

"Dallas Celebrates America" July 1-5, 1976
Administration by the DARBC
Box Folder
5 4 Planning and notes 1975-1976
5 Volunteers for Fourth of July week
6 Thank you letter to volunteers
Celebrations
Box Folder
5 7 Bell ringing ceremony 4 July 1976
8 Goals for Dallas Announcement Ceremony 4 July 1976
9 Old City Park Dedication and Ceremony 4 July 1976
10 Parade 1 July 1976
11 President Ford's Fourth of July message to Dallas
12 Religious plans 4 July 1976
13 Soccer - Dallas Tornado's game 4 July 1976
14 Other celebrations in Dallas 4 July 1976
Publicity
Box Folder
5 16 Calendar of Events
17 National television network coverage 4 July 1976
18 Press conference 22 June 1976
19 Press releases and announcements
American Freedom Train visit to Dallas 29 February-4March 1976
Administration by the DARBC
Box Folder
5 20 Contracts and correspondence with the American Freedom Train, Inc. 1975-1976
21 Correspondence with other cities visited by the American Freedom Train, 1975-1976
Box Folder
Ticket sales,
Box Folder
5 22 Block ticket reservations
23 Contributions for tickets for underprivileged children
24 School tours
25 Ticket settlements.
26 Volunteers
Ceremonies
Box Folder
5 27 American Legion Salute to the American Freedom Train 26 February 1976
28 Opening Day ceremony 29 February 1976
Entertainment at the Freedom Train site
Box Folder
5 29 Armed Forces Bicentennial Band 1 March 1976
30 "Dawn of Freedom" multi-media show
31 Entertainment groups at Pan American Arena
32 Pepsi - Cola Carillon
33 Other events
Publicity
Box Folder
5 34 Host Committee Manual
35 Preamble Express Press Conference 23 September 1974
36 Press Kit
Box Folder
Press releases
From American Freedom Train, Inc.
Box Folder
5 37 Miscellaneous material
38 Miscellaneous material
Box Folder
6 1 Miscellaneous material
Box Folder
From DARBC
Box Folder
6 2 Miscellaneous material
3 Publications and clippings



 

Projects Resource File

Local - Public
City of Dallas
Box Folder
Administration
Box Folder
6 4 City of Dallas Bicentennial Committee 1974-1975
5 General information and correspondence 1975
6 Action '76 1976
7 Akard Street Mall dedication 9 December 1974
8 New City Hall opening n.d.
9 Dallas Health and Science Museum 1975
10 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 1974-1976
11 Dallas Museum of Natural History 1976
Box Folder
Dallas Public Library
Bicentennial Committee - Minutes of meetings and in-house correspondence
Box Folder
6 12 February 1974 - April 1975
13 May 1975 - February 1976
14 General Correspondence February 1973 - April 1976
Box Folder
Terrance Room Exhibits
Box Folder
6 15 "A New Nation - A New Order" 6 January - 26 February 1976
16 "Texas - the 28th State" and Literary Map of Texas 2 March - 24 April 1976
17 "Our City Dallas" 5 May - 18 June 1976
18 "Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution" 2 - 24 April 1976
19 Dallas Transit 1975
20 Dutch Flower Bulb Industry's gift to the City of Dallas 1975
21 History of Dallas - Department of Urban Planning 1976
22 Junior Farmer's Fruit and Vegetable Show 1975
23 "Progress with Preservation" - Planning for Historic Landmarks 1975-1976
Chambers of Commerce
Box Folder
Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Box Folder
6 24 Projects 1972-1975
25 Brochure 1974
26 Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce 1975
27 North Dallas Chamber of Commerce 1974
28 Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce 1974-1976
Dallas County
Box Folder
6 29 Dallas County Bicentennial History n.d.
30 Dallas County Commissioners Court 1975-1976
31 State Fair, "Yankeedoodle Dandy" 1975
32 Texas Forest Service Liberty Tree presentation 2 March 1976
Schools
Box Folder
6 33 Dallas Independent School District 1975-1976
Box Folder
Elementary
Box Folder
6 34 Bradford Elementary - Bicentennial celebration 30 April 1976
35 Stonewall Jackson Elementary - coloring book
36 Urban Park Elementary - musical program 24 April 1975
Box Folder
Secondary
Highland Park
Box Folder
6 37 "Sing Out America" 8 December 1974
38 "Flight thru America" 21-22 October 1975
39 W.W. Samuell High School - historical calendar 1976
Box Folder
Colleges
Box Folder
6 40 Dallas County Community College Distirct, "Continuing Issues of the American Revolution", 1974-1975
41 Southern Methodist University 1975-1976
42 Southwestern Graduate School of Banking - yearbook 1976
Box Folder
Teacher organizations
Box Folder
7 1 Classroom Teachers of Dallas - cookbook 1975
2 Metroplex Science Educators Association, "Science in America, 1776-1976 Contest" 1976
3 Miscellaneous educational publications and programs 1973-1976
United States Armed Forces
Box Folder
7 4 Armed Forces Bicentennial Caravan 3-5 April 1976
5 Army Field Band Concert 21 September 1975
Box Folder
Dallas Bicentennial Airshow 4-6 July 1976
Box Folder
7 6 Administration, Richardson Jaycee 1976
7 Airshow News Releases 1976
Box Folder
Press kits
Box Folder
7 8 U.S. Army Golden Knights n.d.
9 U.S. Army Silver Eagles n.d.
10 U.S. Marine Corps n.d.
11 U.S. Navy Blue Angels n.d.
12 Navel Air Training Command Flag Pageant n.d.
Local - Private
The Arts
Box Folder
Art
Box Folder
7 13 Artfest '76 29-30 May 1976
14 Dallas Art Gala 12-13 June 1976
15 Peter Max poster proposal 1975
16 Needle Art School, Texas Needlework Sampler Contest 1975
17 Bicentennial Quilt Show 8-28 October 1975
Box Folder
Fashion
Box Folder
7 18 Bicentennial Pageant 1974
19 Rosebud Costume Collection 1975
Box Folder
Film
Box Folder
7 20 Edwin Hearne Film Project 1975
Box Folder
Music
Box Folder
7 21 "Destiny" singing group 1975
22 Junior Players Guild, "America in Song and Verse" 1975
23 Carmen Moshier, "Thank God We Live in America" n.d.
Box Folder
Theatre
Box Folder
7 24 Dallas Repertpry Theatre 1974
25 Dallas Theatre Center 1975
Corporations and Businesses
Box Folder
7 26 American Airlines 1976
27 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers 1974
28 American Institute of Architects - Dallas chapter 1974
29 Brookhollow Corporation 1974
30 Dallas Alliance 1975
31 Dallas Business and Professional Women, Inc. n.d.
32 Delta Airlines 1975
33 Downtown Dallas Committee 1974
34 Dr. Pepper, Flag raising at Dallas schools 1975
35 Fair Park National Bank, Bicentennial minutes 1975
36 Heritage Savings and Loan, Spirit of '76 award 1976
37 Hunt Properties, La Reunion 1974
38 In-Plant Printing Management Association 1975
39 Industrial Properties, Inc., Stemmons Freeway flag raising 4 September 1975
40 KRLD Radio, Spirit of America 1975-1976
41 Bill Mims Machine Tools 1976
42 Montgomery Ward, Flag Day Salute 14 June 1975
43 National Electrical Contractors Convention October 1976
44 Neiman Marcus 1974
45 North Texas Metal Processors 1975
46 NorthPark Merchants Association, Industrial Heritage, U.S.A. 1974
47 Omega Audio, The Texas Heritage Music Series 1975
48 Park Central Development, Fourth of July Festival 1975
49 Republic National Bank 1976
50 St. Paul Hospital 1975
51 Texas Pharmaceutical Association
52 Texas Society of Professional Engineers 1975
53 Thanksgiving Square Foundation, Thanksgiving Square 1974-1976
54 Town East Mall Shopping Center 1975
Ethnic groups
Box Folder
Black involvement
Box Folder
7 55 Bishop College 1975-1976
56 Black history of Dallas 1975
Box Folder
8 1 Black participation 1974-1976
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 1975-1976
3 Young People for Change
4 German Day in Texas, Texas German Day Council 1975-1976
5 Guatemalan Exchange program 1974-1976
6 India Association of Metroplex, India Food and Culture Fairs. 1976
Box Folder
Jewish groups
Box Folder
8 7 National Council of Jewish Women. 1975-1976
8 Temple Emanu-El 1974
9 Mexican American 1975-1976
10 Miscellaneous ethnic groups 1975-1976
Fraternal and Service Organizations
Box Folder
8 11 A Beautiful Clean Dallas Committee (A.B.C.D.), tree dedication 3 April 1976
12 All Veterans Committee, Memorial Day Services, 31 May 1976
13 American Legion Auxiliary - Oak Cliff chapter, dedication of Hord cabin, 12 June 1976
14 Boy Scouts of America, Bicentennial Scout Show. 15 May 1976
15 Camp Fire Girls 1975-1976
16 Collectors Club of Dallas, "A Bicentennial Philatelic Afternoon" 27 March 1976
17 Dallas Big Sisters, County Fair 3-4 April 1976
18 Dallas Committee for Foreign Visitors 1975-1976
19 Dallas Society for Crippled Children, Flag Pole dedication 3 July 1975
20 Dallas Toastmasters Club meeting 2-3 May 1976
21 Elks Club project 1976
22 Family Guidance Center, "Family Fair", 2 May 1976
23 Girl Scouts, Ceremony of flags 20 March 1976
24 Kiwanis Club of White Rock, Town Hall meeting 9 June 1975
25 National Congress on Volunteerism and Citizenship 1976
26 Oak Cliff Jaycees, Fourth of July celebration 1976
27 Salesmanship Club dinner, 23 Sept. 1975
28 Southeast Dallas Advisory Committee 1975-1976
29 S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Barber Shop Quartet Singing 1974-1975
Historical Societies
Box Folder
8 30 Dallas County Heritage Society, Old City Park, 1974-1976
31 Dallas County Historical Commission 1974-1976
32 Heritage Trails Map project 1975-1976
33 Historic Preservation League 1974-1976
34 Walking Tours of Dallas Project n.d.
35 Local History and Genealogical Society 1974-1976
36 Lone Star Association of the Society of the Cincinnati 1974-1975
37 Oak Lawn Preservation Society 1976
38 Southwest Railroad Historical Society 1966
39 Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution, dedication of flagpole 14 June 1975
Religious Events and Organizations
Box Folder
National Prayer Proclamation
Box Folder
8 40 20 July 1975
41 14 May 1976
42 Countywide Bicentennial Religious celebration 9 November 1975
43 Dallas Baptist Association 1975-1976
Box Folder
Individual churches
First Baptist Church
Box Folder
8 44 Chapel Choir Tour 1976
45 Sanctuary Choir " Family Night at the Music Hall" 28-30 August 1975
46 First United Methodist Church, "1776" production 10 August 1975
47 NorthPark United Presbyterian Church 1975-1976
48 Smith Chapel AME Church, banquet and drama 13 September 1975
Box Folder
Publications
Box Folder
8 49 1974-1975
50 1976
Senior Citizen's Groups
Box Folder
8 51 Miscellaneous projects 1974-1976
Women's Organizations
Box Folder
9 1 Bicentennial Belles, fashion shows 1975
2 Contemporary Chorale of Richland College Community Services, "This is My County" 18 April 1975
3 CPA Wives Club, newsletter 1975
4 Dallas Junior Women's Club, cookbook 1974
5 Dallas Women's Club, bicentennial briefing 1975
6 Dallas Women's Forum, Open House 3-6 July 1975
7 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge - Dallas area Women's Chapter 1974
8 Junior League 1975
9 KERA-FM, "Sketching Texas Women" programs 1975
10 Women's Auxiliary to Dallas County Medical Society 1975
11 Women's Bicentennial Chorus 1975-1976
12 Women's Council of Dallas County, Social Work Seminar, 26 January 1976
13 Women for Change Center 1975
14 Women's Overseas Service League 1975
15 Zonta Club of Dallas, Dallas Memorial Auditorium Park 1974-1976
Miscellaneous Projects
Box Folder
9 16 Academy of Model Aeronautics, Trans-Continental Model Flight 1975
17 America Host Program, "Meet the Americans" 1974-1975
18 Bicentennial Map of the U.S.A. 1976
19 Big "D" Charity Horse Show 20-23 May 1976
20 British Bicentennial Heritage Mission in Dallas 9-10 May 1976
21 Kathy Burks Marionettes, "Salute to the Flag" n.d.
22 Children's Asthma Institute, "March for Breath" 1974
23 Child Evangelism Fellowship, "Faith of Our Fathers" puppet show n.d.
24 Dallas Morning News Travel Show 15-16 November 1975
25 Declaration of Independence - An original copy purchased by Dallasite Ira G. Corn, 7 May 1969, is proposed to be purchased for the new City Hall of Dallas
26 General Service Administration, Flag raising 1 July 1975
27 Goals for Dallas 1976
28 Grapevine Springs Park project 1974
29 Highland Park Library 1976
30 SMU Philatelic Center, Bicentennial symposium, 1 February 1975
31 Texas Association of School Librarians, Workshop - "In the Spirit of Independence" 22 January 1975
32 Miscellaneous projects not designated as official Bicentennial events 1975-1976
33 Miscellaneous brochures of Bicentennial events in Dallas 1974-1976
State of Texas - Administrative
American Revolutionary Bicentennial Commission of Texas
Box Folder
9 34 General information and correspondence 1972-1976
35 List of Texas Bicentennial communities 1974-1976
36 Texas Bicentennial logo and commemorative products 1974-1975
37 Calendar - Handbook to Bicentennial events 1976
Box Folder
Statewide coordinating meetings
Box Folder
9 38 Austin 12-13 November 1974
39 San Antonio 9 August 1975
40 Bicentennial Ethnic Racial Council Workshop 28 October 1975
Box Folder
Publicity
Box Folder
9 41 "Bicentennial in Texas" newsletter, Vol. 1 Nos. 1-4 1972-1973
42 "Emergence '76" Vol II, Nos. 1-4; Vol III , No.1 1974-1975
43 "Bicentennial Texas" newsletter, January 1976 issue and Summer 1976 issue
44 Miscellaneous brochures.
State of Texas - Public
Box Folder
Texas Bicentennial Communities' Projects
Box Folder
9 45 Abilene 1975
46 Austin 1975
47 DeSoto 1975-1976
48 Fort Worth, American Issues Forum 1975-1976
49 Galveston 1976
Box Folder
10 1 Grand Prairie 1974
2 Houston 1976
3 Houston Bicentennial School programs 1975
4 Lubbock 1975
5 Midland 1974-1975
6 San Antonio 1974-1975
7 Miscellaneous publications from other communities 1973-1976
State of Texas - Private
Box Folder
10 8 Institute of Texas Cultures, "Texas and the American Revolution" 1976
9 Texas Committee for the Humanities, American Issues Forum, 1975-1976
National - Administrative
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA)
Box Folder
Administration
Box Folder
10 10 Catalog of Official Documents of the ARBA 1971-1976
11 ARBA Final Report to the Congress of the United States , Volumes I and II, 1973
12 General information and correspondence 1970-1976
Box Folder
Artwork
Box Folder
10 13 National Bicentennial logo n.d.
14 Logo commemorative items n.d.
15 ARBA licensing program for manufacturers of commemorative items 1974-1976
Box Folder
Calendars of Events
Official Master Reference for Bicentennial Activities
Box Folder
10 16 Volume I April 1974
17 Volume II July 1974
Box Folder
Official Master Reference of Bicentennial Activities
Box Folder
10 18 3rd edition October 1974
19 4th edition January 1975
20 Comprehensive Calendar of Bicentennial Events October 1975
21 Master Register of Bicentennial Projects February 1976
Box Folder
11 1 Index of Bicentennial Activities February 1976
Box Folder
Comprehensive Calendar of Bicentennial Events West of the Mississippi
Box Folder
11 2 February 1976
3 June 1976
Box Folder
Directories
Box Folder
11 4 ARBA regional offices and directors n.d.
5 Bicentennial communities nationwide n.d.
Box Folder
Funding
Box Folder
11 6 Bicentennial matching grants from federal government 1973-1975
7 Funding by major cities in the United States 1975
Box Folder
Projects
General
Box Folder
11 8 Bicentennial Source Book 1973
9 Calendar - B.I.N.E.T. - Bicentennial information network 1975
10 Ideas and suggestions
Box Folder
Specific
Box Folder
11 11 Call for Achievement 1976
12 Community Rediscovery '76 1976
13 Festival U.S.A. - Semi-Annual Report 4 July 1973
Box Folder
Publicity
Newsletters
Box Folder
11 14 "Bicentennial Bulletin" April 1973-February 1975
15 "Bicentennial News" September 1974-December 1975
16 "Bicentennial Newsletter" Volume 4, Nos. 1,3,4,7, and 8
17 "Bicentennial Times" Volumes 1 and 2 1974-1975
18 "Bicentennial Times" Volume 3 1976
19 Magazine Articles 1972-1976
20 Radio and television specials 1976
National - Public
International involvement
Box Folder
11 21 Newsletter 1972-1976
Federal government
Box Folder
11 22 Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 1974-1976
23 Department of Housing and Urban Development, "Horizons on Display - A Catalogue of Community Achievement" 1976
Box Folder
12 1 Department of the Interior, "Johnny Horizons" program, 1976
Box Folder
U.S. Postal Service
Box Folder
12 2 Bicentennial Junior Committees of Correspondence 1976
3 Memorabilia collection 1976
4 Miscellaneous brochures of Federal agencies
Local governments (non-Texan)
Box Folder
Boston, Massachusetts
Box Folder
12 5 Master Plan of the Mayor's Office of the Boston Bicentennial 1975-1976
6 Brochures 1975-1976
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "Moving the Liberty Bell" 1 January 1976
8 Miscellaneous information on Bicentennial celebrations from other non-Texan cities and States 1974-1976
National - Private
Box Folder
12 9 All American Aviation and Airborne Association, Bicentennial Air Race 1976
10 American Association of Nurserymen, Green Survival Program 1976
11 Committee for the Future, Inc. "Horizons Day, 26 June 1976" 1976
12 Institute of Cultural Affairs, Town Meeting '76
13 Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, Industrial Heritage U.S.A. 1976
14 The Interchurch Center, Forward '76 1975-1976
Box Folder
The National Endowment for the Humanities, American Issues Forum (AIF) 1975-1976
Administration
Box Folder
12 15 General information and reports
16 Calendars
17 Reading list
Box Folder
Research materials
Box Folder
12 18 Films
19 Leadership packets
20 Publications - "What is America - Discussion" Volumes I and II.
21 Radio and television broadcast
22 Religious programs
23 Information from other non-Texas, AIF cities and states 1975-1976
24 National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation for th Bicentennial 1976
25 Peoples Bicentennial Commission, "Common Sense" newsletter 1975-1976
26 Speech Communication Association, Bicentennial Youth Debates 1975-1976
27 Smithsonian Institute, Touring Performance Service 1975-1976
28 U.S. Conference of Mayors, "Lasting Reminders" 1975-1976
Box Folder
13 1 U.S.A. 200 "A Bicentennial Declaration" 24 February 1975
2 Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., Save Our Streams 1976
3 Youth for Understanding 1975
4 Miscellaneous non-Texan, national programs 1975-1976
5 Unapproved Bicentennial programs



 

Memorabilia

Newspaper Clippings from Texas newspapers
Box Folder
13 6 Prior to 1974
7 January-May 1974
1974
Box Folder
13 8 June
9 July
10 August
11 September
12 October
13 November
14 December
1975
Box Folder
13 15 January
16 February
17 March
18 April
19 May
20 June
21 July
22 August
23 September
24 October
25 November
26 December
1976
Box Folder
13 27 January
28 February
29 March
30 April
Box Folder
14 1 May
2 June
3 Dallas Times Herald 30 June 1976
4 July
Box Folder
4 July 1976
Box Folder
14 5 Dallas Morning News
6 Dallas Times Herald
7 Dallas Times Herald 5 July 1976
8 August
9 September
Magazine Articles
Texan
Box Folder
14 10 1975-1976
National
Box Folder
14 11 1974-1976
12 1974-1976
13 1974-1976
Photographs and Negatives
DARBC Series
Box Folder
Organization and History
Box Folder
14 14 Official designation of Dallas as a Bicentennial City, Designation ceremony, 11 November 1974
15 Board of directors
Box Folder
Committees
Committee correspondence and organization file
Box Folder
14 16 DARBC Committee n.d.
17 7 January 1976
Box Folder
Budget
Fund Raising - Programs
Box Folder
14 18 Dallas Bicentennial Medallion, first day of issue, 29 March 1976
Box Folder
In-House Operations
Artwork
Box Folder
14 19 Dallas Bicentennial Logo
Box Folder
Projects
School Contest
Box Folder
14 20 Poster themes and winners, "I am Thankful for my Heritage" 26 November 1975.
21 Spirit of '76 Awards
Box Folder
Publicity
Box Folder
14 22 Bicentennial Booth at the Holiday Shoppers' Show November 1975
Major Events series
Box Folder
"Dallas Celebrates America, July 1-5 1976"
Celebrations
Box Folder
14 23 Old City Park Dedication and Ceremony 4 July 1976
24 Parade 1 July 1976
25 "1776" musical production
Box Folder
American Freedom Train visit to Dallas 29 February - 4 March 1976
Box Folder
14 26 Entertainment at the Freedom Train site, "Dawn of Freedom" multi media show.
Box Folder
Publicity
Box Folder
14 27 Press releases, From American Freedom Train, Inc.
Projects Resource File series
Box Folder
Local - Public
City of Dallas
Box Folder
14 28 Department of Urban Planning, Weiming Lu, winner of "Horizons on Display" national program.
29 Dutch Flower Bulb Industry's gift to the City of Dallas 1975
30 Junior Farmer's Fruit and Vegetable Show 1975
Box Folder
Dallas County
Box Folder
14 31 Texas Forest Service, Liberty Tree presentation 2 March 1976
32 Schools
Box Folder
United States Armed Forces
Box Folder
14 33 Armed Forces Bicentennial Caravan 3-5 April 1976
34 Bicentennial Band and Chorus n.d.
35 Dallas Bicentennial Airshow 4-6 July 1976
Box Folder
Local - Private
The Arts
Box Folder
15 1 Junior Players Guild, "America in Song and Verse" 1975
2 Miscellaneous singing groups
Box Folder
Corporations and Businesses
Box Folder
15 3 Dr. Pepper, Flag raising at Dallas schools 1975
4 Industrial Properties, Inc., Stemmons freeway flag raising 4 September 1975
5 Thanksgiving Square Foundation, Thanksgiving Square
Box Folder
Ethnic groups
Black involvement
Box Folder
15 6 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
7 Guatemalan Exchange Program
Box Folder
Jewish groups
Box Folder
15 8 Temple Emanu-El - Archivist Gerry Cristol
9 Mexican-American - Parade (1976?)
Box Folder
Fraternal and Service organizations
Box Folder
15 10 Dallas Society for Crippled Children, Flag pole dedication 3 July 1975
11 Girl Scouts, Ceremony of flags 20 March 1976
12 Southeast Dallas Advisory Committee
Box Folder
Historical Societies
Box Folder
15 13 Dallas County Historical Commission meeting 7 January 1975
14 Historic Preservation League, dedication of Swiss Avenue
Box Folder
Religious Events and Organizations
Box Folder
15 15 Countywide Bicentennial Religious celebration 9 November 1975
Box Folder
Individual churches
Box Folder
15 16 First Baptist Church, Chapel Choir 1976
17 Sanctuary Choir
Box Folder
Women's Organizations
Box Folder
15 18 Dallas Women's Forum, Bicentennial costumes
Box Folder
Miscellaneous Projects
Box Folder
15 19 Bicentennial Map of the U.S.A. 1976
20 British Bicentennial Heritage Mission in Dallas May 1976
21 Postal History Exhibition and Seminar 27 March 1976
22 Victorian House 1976
23 Miscellaneous photographs (unidentified)
Slides
Project Resource File series
Box Folder
Local - Public
United States Armed Forces
Box Folder
15 1 Armed Forces Bicentennial Caravan 3-5 April 1976
2 Dallas Bicentennial Airshow 4-6 July 1976
Box Folder
Local Private
Women's Organizations
Box Folder
15 3 Dallas Women's Forum, Bicentennial costumes
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
15 3 Miscellaneous
Artifacts (All artifacts are randomly stored in the cartons)
Cassette tape
Box Folder
15 Pepsi-Cola carillon playing "Feeling Free" on side one. Side two is blank.
Jewelry
Box Folder
15 ARBA official keyring
Commemorative Mint Bicentennial necklaces
Bicentennial lapel pins (including ARBA logo)
American flag keyring
"D" Logo Award Medal Pin - worn by male members of the Chapel Choir, 1st Baptist Church, on their Continental soldier uniforms.
Button from DeSoto, Texas bicentennial celebration
Medallions
Box Folder
15 Dallas Bicentennial Medal
1972 Bicentennial Commemorative Medal Holder
Flags
Box Folder
16 Bennington Flag
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration flag, national logo.
"D" logo felt wall hanging with a plaque explaining its creation.
State of Texas Flag
United States of America flag
ARBA national logo
Bumper stickers
Box Folder
16 "Get into America"
State Fair of Texas - The Yankeedoodle Dandy
"We Salute USA '76"
"Happy Birthday America"
"Let's All Pull Together"
"American Freedom Train"
"We Have the Spirit of '76"
"Dallas Celebrates America, July 1-5, 1976"
"American Bicentennial in Texas, 1976"
Labels
Box Folder
16 ARBA stick-on seals.
"American Bicentennial in Texas"
Miscellaneous artifacts
Box Folder
16 American Freedom Train medallion/plaque given to General Torrey
Cardboard posters of Dallas Bicentennial Medallions
Box Folder
Cachet covers - U.S. Stamps,
Box Folder
16 "Our Nation Indivisible"
"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land"
"USA-Bicentennial, 1776-1976"
"United States"
Bicentennial notebook/calendar
Box Folder
17 "D" logo iron-on decal
"D" logo T-shirt
"D" logo tea bags, distributed by the First Baptist Chapel Choir in London, England.
Dallas Bicentennial Committee name tags, "D" logo
General Torrey's calling cards, DARBC letterhead
"Dallas American Revolution Bicentennial" logo plaque
Hand bells from "Dallas Celebrates America" celebration at Old City Park 4 July 1976
Freedom Train Buttons
Bicentennial calendars 1975 and 1976
Bicentennial table decorations
Bicentennial jewelry, samples, and fruit jar from Heritage House in California
Cardboard flag holders from Texas Manufacturers Association
Official Bicentennial Planner of the Nation's Capital
Oversized Materials
Box Folder
American Issues Forum publication "A National Bicentennial Program"
Bicentennial placemats
Awards Presented to the DARBC from
Department of the Interior - Johnny Horizon program 29 October 1975
Education Estetica of Guatemalan Exchange program July 1975
Industrial Heritage, U.S.A.
Resolution of the City Council of the City of Dallas
Memorabilia posters of U.S. stamps from the U.S. Postal Service
Placards of miscellaneous Dallas Bicentennial Events 1975-1976
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA) stacker displays
ARBA wall plaque/disc
Bicentennial wooden wall plaque
Framed Bicentennial poster/picture designed by Jack Laycox for Delta Airlines
"D" logo silk screen
Gold rod and cord for wall hanging
Flag base
Brass cannon shell - First round of 21 gun salute in Dallas, Texas. 4 July 1976
A box of posters of Dallas Bicentennial events also containing some small 4x6 flags.