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Newark American Revolution Bicentennial Commission collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG NWK Bicentennial -(Main & Offsite)

Scope and Contents

Box 1: contains 3 folders of correspondence (1975-1977), much of it consisting of routine letters soliciting donations or proposing projects; some folders of material relating to national celebrations; folders labeled "Newark Bicentennial-Scrapbook," "Bicentennial-Proposals," "Charles F. Cummings," and "Bicentennial Newsletters-Newark"; 7 folders of material related the Freedom Train; and 3 folders of budget material

Box 2: contains 2 folders of correspondence (1973-1974); Newark Commission material, including memos, minutes, and lists of Commission members; information on the kick-off parade (1975); and clippings

Box 3: contains Commission mailing lists, minutes, agendas, and correspondence (1974-1976); ephemera, including a t-shirt, a bumper sticker, a button, and tickets for the Freedom Train (1976); sheet music, "While We Celebrate the Founding of Newark Town" (1916); a program of lectures and music, Old First Church (1976); program for a luncheon and tableaux in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Newark's incorporation sponsored by the Women's Committee (1936); and a program, brochure, and button for Newark's First Night (1998)

One unnumbered carton contains documents and files relating to Commission activities (Jan. 1-May 16, 1976); Kitty Taylor Day Proclamation (June 6, 1976); a Freedom Train poem, etc.

NOTE: Two boxes of unprocessed material are stored offsite. These

Offsite: This unprocessed part of the collection consists of two cartons containing incoming and outgoing correspondence, minutes, publicity material, "Freedom Train" materials, programs, schedules, maps, newspapers, newsletters, audiotapes, T-shirts, artwork for logos, and a copy of "A Salute to America," a commemorative volume of artwork by John Buchanan (1908-1953). NOTE: Only one box was found.


  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 1977
  • 1916 - 1998


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

In July 1975, Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson appointed 19 members to the Newark Bicentennial Commission. Charles F. Cummings served as Chairman of the Commission. George W. Conover, and later Thomas C. Murray, served as Executive Directors. The Commission had offices at 20 Park Place.


4.25 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials