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Inventory of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California Records
F3776  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives
  • Related Materials at other Repositories

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California Records
    Dates: 1968-1977
    Collection number: F3776
    Creator: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California
    Collection Size: 6 Cubic Feet 239 Items
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: This record group contains the records of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California, 1968-1977. As prescribed by law, the purpose of the Commission was to provide for, assist, sponsor, and promote Statewide and local celebrations, ceremonies, and observances, and to encourage the creation of exhibits and publications, with the expressed purpose in mind of commemorating and publicizing the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in this collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    All series are open to research except artifacts and audiovisual material. Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies-see Reference Archivist.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California Records, [ID #], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the records of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California through an agency transfer.

    Agency History

    The American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California (ARBCC) was officially established in 1967 by ( Stats. 1967, ch. 1425). Under the law passed, the Commission was to be comprised of twenty members, ten of which were to be appointed by the Governor, five by the Speaker of the Assembly, and five by the Senate Rules Committee. The Chairman of the Commission Charles Conrad (1968-1973) and later Richard Pourade (1973-1976) was also selected for that position on the basis of an gubernatorial appointment.
    In order to handle the day-to-day operations of the Commission, as well as to brief the Commissioners on the nature and contents of program proposals being constantly submitted, an Executive Director, Albert Johnson, was selected by the ARBCC in November of 1972. Until Director Johnson assumed his duties, ARBCC Chairman Charles Conrad, from 1968-1972, directed the proceedings of the Commission from his Assembly office in the State Capitol Building.
    As prescribed by law, the purpose of the Commission was to provide for, assist, sponsor, and promote Statewide and local celebrations, ceremonies, and observances, and to encourage the creation of exhibits and publications, with the expressed purpose in mind of commemorating and publicizing the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. A further reading of the statute makes the point clear that in regards to local Bicentennial observances, the Commission was to serve not in a managerial capacity but simply as an advisory group that would lend assistance and expertise when called upon.
    The ARBCC officially closed its doors due to lack of funding on December 21, 1976; programs still in the process of winding down after that time were delegated to the State Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Scope and Content

    This record group contains the records of American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California. The records were created between 1968 and 1977 and contain organizational records, administrative correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, reports, and some artifacts and audiovisual materials. See the series descriptions for further details.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California unprocessed records, Accession Number 78-50
    James Whetmore Papers

    Related Materials at other Repositories

    Donald Dozer Papers, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford, CA 94305
    Donald Dozer Papers, Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Richard Wood American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California Papers, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95211