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New York State American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Executive Director's Subject and Correspondence Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
In addition to general correspondence and memorandums, this series includes articles, histories, publications, illustrations, and background material about New York and the American Revolution; publications from other state bicentennial agencies; commission members biographies; grant proposals; press releases; contracts; financial information; speeches; photographs and slides of reenactments, historic sites, and commission activities; essays; meeting minutes; committee information; and audio tapes.
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Quantity:
43 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1969-1979
Series Number:
B1634

Arrangement

Arranged roughly by director.

Administrative History

The New York State American Revolution Bicentennial Commission was created by Chapter 630 of the Laws of 1968 to provide for appropriate observances, ceremonies, and other activities to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the American Revolution. Chapter 939 of the Laws of 1971 expanded the commission's mandate to include the commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of the creation of the State of New York.

Commission functions included planning, funding, and publicizing celebrations, reenactments, educational projects, and other activities or observances of bicentennial anniversary events related to the American Revolution and New York statehood. The commission also provided matching grant funds for local bicentennial events, projects, and activities; and sponsored, planned, and produced publications and films.

Staff of the State Education Department's Office of State History provided support for the commission. Dr. Louis Leonard Tucker, state historian, served as executive director until December 31, 1976. Dr. Thomas E. Felt served during the calendar year of 1977, and Richard S. Allen from 1978 until the commission ceased operations in September, 1979.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of subject and correspondence files created by the executive director's office of the New York American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Three executive directors served consecutively during the span of the commission (1969-1979): Louis Leonard Tucker, Thomas E. Felt, and Richard S. Allen.

Records include articles, histories, publications, illustrations, and background material about the American Revolution, particularly as related to the colony and state of New York; publications created by other state bicentennial agencies; correspondence with commission members, local and federal bicentennial commissions and historical organizations, and the general public; internal memoranda; biographies of commission members;

grant proposals submitted by local bicentennial commissions, libraries, historical societies, performing arts groups, and museums; press releases; contracts; budgetary and financial information; speeches; photographs and slides of reenactments, historic sites, and commission activities; essays; meeting minutes; committee information; audio tapes; histories; and other material created by, submitted to, or collected by the commission.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Access Terms

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B1634-99
Louis L. Tucker - Subject and correspondence related to publications and productions 1 1
Louis L. Tucker - Budget material 1 2
ca. 1974-1978 Louis L. Tucker [Thomas E. Felt, Richard S. Allen] - Subject and correspondence 2 1
Louis L. Tucker - Contracts 2 2
Louis L. Tucker - Subject and correspondence 3 1
Louis L. Tucker - Publications from other state bicentennial commissions 3 2
Louis L. Tucker - Requests for endorsements 3 3
Louis L. Tucker - Speeches/appearances 3 4
Louis L. Tucker - Subject and correspondence 4 1
Louis L. Tucker - Commission budget and activities 4 2
Louis L. Tucker - Correspondence with Commission members 5 1
Louis L. Tucker - Correspondence regarding Essay contest 5 2
Essay contest, entries 6 1
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration [ARBA] publications and other material 6 2
ARBA 7 1
"Bicentennial Times" 7 2
ARBA press releases 7 3
ARBA programs and activities 7 4
Louis L. Tucker and Thomas E. Felt - Subject and correspondence 8 1
Contracts 8 2
Biographies of commissioners 8 3
Committees 8 4
Louis L. Tucker - Subject and correspondence N-P (roughly); Includes carbon copy of letter from Education Dept. Commissioner Nyquist offering services of Office of State History to commission 9 1
Proposals 9 2
Commission members correspondence 9 3
Educational projects, matching grant files from municipal bicentennial commissions, historical societies, libraries, performing art groups, and museums. A-G 10 1
Grants, F-W by geographic localities; and "miscellaneous" 11 1
Grant proposals 12 1
Louis L. Tucker - Proposals F-Z 13 1
Subject and correspondence 14 1
Legislation 14 2
Louis L. Tucker and Richard S. Allen - Subject and correspondence with commissioners 15 1
1969 October-1972 February Louis L. Tucker and Richard S. Allen - Meetings 15 2
1972 April-1977 April Meeting files 16 1
Brigade of the American Revolution files and photos 16 2
Other states bicentennial commissions - A-Ma 17 1
Other states bicentennial commissions - Mi-Or 18 1
Other states bicentennial commissions - Penn-W 19 1
13 State Council (Bicentennial Council of the Original Thirteen Colonies - nonprofit, privately financed association of representatives of state bicentennial agencies of original thirteen states) 20 1
Script for "These Sates," a film produced by the 13 State Council 20 2
13 State Council - Correspondence, grants, finance, reports, committees, etc.; Meetings June 1970-April 1976 21 1
13 State Council - Great American Achievement Program 22 1
13 State Council - Correspondence, conferences, publications 22 2
Louis L. Tucker - Replies to general public correspondence A-Z 23 1
Louis L. Tucker - Speeches, articles, memos 23 2
ca. 1976 Louis L. Tucker - General correspondence A-Z, L-N 24 1
Thomas E. Felt - General Correspondence and memos, A-Z 24 2
Louis L. Tucker - Subject and correspondence "General" S-Z, A-B 25 1
Louis L.Tucker - Subject and correspondence regarding films, medallion design competition 26 1
1969 October-1976 May, 1977 October Meeting minutes 26 2
Louis L. Tucker - Correspondence with copies of replies prior to 1976, A-Z 27 1
Subject and correspondence - "Miscellaneous," A-F (Tucker, Felt) 28 1
Subject and correspondence - G-N 29 1
Subject and correspondence - O-Z 30 1
ca. 1978 Richard S. Allen - Subject and correspondence 31 1
Richard S. Allen - Speeches 31 2
1779-1979 Richard S. Allen - Sullivan/Clinton Campaign material 32 1
1779-1979 Richard S. Allen - One bundle of articles nominated for 13 State Council "Torch Award" 32 2
Richard S. Allen - Material for 200th Anniversary of Sullivan/Clinton Campaign, speeches, articles, publications 32 3
Approximately 70 slides 32 4
One public service announcement audio tape 32 5
ca. 1970-1977 Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 33 1
Meeting files 33 2
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 34 1
1916 Publications from other states and NY municipalities including Kings County Historical Society, 1916 34 2
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence (including publications from local commissions) 35 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 36 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence (including mobile history projects) 37 1
Brigade of the American Revolution appearances 37 2
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 38 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 39 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 40 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence (including various meetings, 1977) 41 1
1977 Knox Trail 41 2
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence 42 1
Richard S. Allen - Subject and Correspondence (including budget material) 43 1
Moving of William Few remains 43 2