Southern Illinois University Bicentennial Committee records, 1972-1976
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Brief Description: The records of the Southern Illinois University Bicentennial Committee document planning, funding, and organization of events held by the university to celebrate the United States bicentennial. This collection also includes information on statewide bicentennial events in Illinois as well as national events. Some of the programs SIU approved and hosted included The Blacksmith as Artisit and Craftsman 1776-1976, Brief History of Geology of Southern Illinois, Historic Inventory of Carbondale, and an Exhibit of Crafts of Applachia. The records include memorandums, correspondence, forms for funding and program approval, meeting minutes and agendas, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The committee was chaired by Rex Karnes, who was Assistant Director of the Division of Area Services at SIUC.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 5/2
Created by: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Bicentennial Committee.
Volume: 0.2 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 08/06/1980.
Arrangement: The records in this collection are organized topically.
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Bicentennial Committee. : The Southern Illinois University Bicentennial Committee was formed to mark the occasion of the United State's 200th anniversary.  The Committee planned and coordinated activites and events on campus pertaining to the celebration.  Its members were appointed by Hiram H. Lesar, president of Southern Illinois University.  It's first organizational meeting was held October 21, 1974 in the Student Center.  The committee was at first chaired by T. Richard Mager, the Vice President for Development and Services, who resigned in early July 1975. Dr. Mager appointed Rex Karnes, Director of Area Services, to succeed him as chairman October 1975. The committee was composed of members of SIU's faculty that represented various units and groups on campus.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access
Subject Index
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976 - Illinois
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Accession 35  Transferred from the Division of Area Services on August 6, 1980.
PreferredCitation: [Item], SouthernIllinois University Bicentennial Committee records, Special Collects Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Finding Aid Revisions: The collection was formally processed by Cassidy Ward in August 2017.