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Elon College U.S.A. Bicentennial Collection

Identifier: EUA055


This collection contains materials pertaining to Elon College's application and involvement in the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States Constitution. It contains materials including awards, posters, applications, correspondences, booklets, member lists, project registries, regulations, and suggestions and recommendations. The collection is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material. Specification is given to item type when necessary.


  • 1987 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

In 1952, the President of the United States issued an annual proclamation designating September 17th of every year as Citizenship Day. It commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and recognizes all citizens of the United States. In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution proposed devoting an entire week, Constitution Week, beginning on September 17th of every year to the Constitution of the United States. From 1987 to 1991, the United States commemorated the Bicentennial of the Constitution by celebrating the formation of the federal government under the Constitution, the first presidency, the first federal judiciary, and the ratification of the Bill of Rights. College campuses from all across the United States applied to become recognized as Bicentennial Campuses by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution and to participate in patriotic activities. Elon College applied to become a Bicentennial Campus on July 20, 1987 and was granted the award in a letter dated February 10, 1988. As a Bicentennial Campus, commemoration included teaching the origins and fundamentals of the Constitution and American Government in schools. College campuses included activities such as special events, conferences, training, and plays as a recognized Bicentennial Campus. Resources, educational materials, curriculum development were also organized and included as part of the Bicentennial Campus. The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution outlined a specific five-year program for recognized institutions. Each event and activity was tied to mark an important anniversary of the United States. In addition, each campus linked their needs to the requirements as a Bicentennial Campus.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material. Specification is given to item type when necessary.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Related Materials

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Stas, March, 2012

Encoded by Katie Nash, April, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244