Guide to the Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission papers,
1973-1976

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Creator: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (Utah)
Title: Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission papers
Dates: 1973-1976 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 boxes (1.2 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 92
Summary: Records from Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (UARB) Bear River Region (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties) co-chairs Monsignor Jerome Stoffel and Milton C. Abrams. Includes UARB State Commission correspondence, minutes, memorandums (1973-1975); UARB State Commission Heritage Committee proposed projects; UARB bicentennial guidelines and publications; UARB District 1 Committee correspondence and memorandums (1974-1975). Also includes materials from the Dominguez-Escalante State-Federal Bicentennial Committee and the Utah Catholic Bicentennial Committee, organizations in which Stoffel was active.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

Monsignor Jerome Stoffel and of Dr. Milton C. Abrams both were members of the Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.

Content Description

This collection consists of the papers of Monsignor Jerome Stoffel and of Dr. Milton C. Abrams when both were members of the Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Stoffel was appointed to serve as a regional representative on the Commission by Governor Calvin Rampton in 1973. Stoffel asked Abrams to co-chair the Bear River region (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties) with him.

Stoffel, in addition to being a commissioner, was involved with the Dominguez- Escalante Bicentennial projects and the Catholic Church's Bicentennial efforts in Utah. The collection includes papers dealing with each of these areas of his involvement.

The collection's original filing order has been preserved. This order maintains a separation of the Stoffel papers from the Abrams material, leaving these two sections to be the major dividing point in the collection. The Stoffel material makes up about two-thirds of the collection. Stoffel's position required that he be present at monthly commission meetings, therefore, the major portion of his papers concerns the business minutes of the commission.

In addition, Stoffel was a member of the heritage committee. This committee had the responsibility of evaluating local project proposals and recommending them for funding. Stoffel's files contained several series of these projects that appear to have been filed to correspond with when they were presented for approval. The minutes for the Heritage Committee meetings were originally filed with the UARB business files and have been left there. The remainder of the Stoffel papers consist of two files concerning both the Dominguez-Escalante and Catholic Church Bicentennial projects. The remaining third of the collection are the records of Milt Abrams. These papers were kept by Abrams while he was chairman for the Bear River Region.

The files are mostly correspondence concerning the business of the region. The Abrams files also contain Heritage nominations for the Bear River District.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission papers, 1973-1976. (COLL MSS 92). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection's original filing order has been preserved.

Acquisition Information :  

The material in this collection was donated to Utah State University by Miss Leora Thatcher in a series of small gifts between 1978 and 1982.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 UARB State Commission
organization papers dealing with the organization of the State Commission preserved in the order created by Msgr. Stoffel.
1 2 UARB State Commission- business from
Includes papers relating to the business of the state commission including correspondence, meeting minutes, memorandums, etc. They are filed in chronological order by date of composition.
1973 May - August
1 3 UARB State Commission- business from 1973 September - October
1 4 UARB State Commission- business from 1973 November - December
1 5 UARB State Commission- business 1974
1 6 UARB State Commission- business for 1975 and Undated
1 7 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
These are projects submitted to the Heritage Committee by Utah cities or counties for sponsorship, endorsement, or commendation of the UARB. File contains the projects that were considere d. The order of their receipt was preserved as far as possible, for it seems to be the order in which the projects were considered by the committee. In addition to projects, this first "proposed projects" file contains administrative grant guidelines, two versions of "criteria for projects and programs," two versions of the "project application form," and a memo on project review procedures.
1 8 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
1 9 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
2 1 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
2 2 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
2 3 UARB State Commission- Heritage Committee proposed projects
2 4 Bicentennial Guidelines
Includes the following: Bicentennial Community application guidelines Bicentennial Community Applications Bicentennial project proposal guidelines and application (2 Copies) Utah and the Bicentennial speaker's outline Guidelines for community organization for the Bicentennial (2 Copies) Booklet "Here is your State and National Bicentennial Centerpiece".
2 5 Bicentennial publications and miscellaneous
"The 200th anniversary of the United States of America in Utah" pamphlet, "America's Bicentennial observance in the schools of Utah" pamphlet, Bicentennial Times, final ed., Vol. 3, Dec. 1976, Utah Bicentennial Post, Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov-Dec, 1973 (two copies), Vol. 1, No. 8, Mar-Apr, 1975 (1 copy), Vol. 2, No. 3, May-June,1975 (4 copies), Vol. 3, No. 1, June-Jul,1976 (1 copy), "Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania," UARB District 1, blank letterhead stationary.
2 6 Dominguez-Escalante State- Federal Bicentennial Committee
File contains materials connected with this committee with which Msgr Stoffel was involved. The purpose of the committee was to find ways to combine commemoration of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition of 1776 with the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration.
2 7 Catholic Bicentennial
Papers relating to the Utah Catholic Bicentennial Committee.
2 8 UARB District 1- Organization
These papers deal with the organization of District 1 and of the District 1 Committee.
2 9 UARB District 1- Business for
Business files include papers relating to the business of the District 1 committee including: Correspondence, memorandums, district letters, etc. Items are in chronological order by date of composition.
1973
2 10 UARB District 1- Business for 1974 January - April
3 1 UARB District 1- Business for 1974 May - December
3 2 UARB District 1- Business for
Also included are partially dated materials.
1975
3 3 UARB District 1- Proposed projects
Projects proposed by District 1 Counties and Communities. Considered by District 1 Committee before possible consideration by a state committee.
3 4 UARB District 1- Proposed projects
3 5 UARB District 1- Proposed projects

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Abrams, Milton C., 1918-  ( contributor)
    • Stoffel, Jerome C.  ( contributor)
    • Corporate Names :
    • American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (Utah)
    • Dominguez-Escalante State/Federal Bicentennial Committee.
    • Utah Catholic Bicentennial Committee.
    • Subject Terms :
    • American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976--Centennial celebrations, etc.--Utah.
    • American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976--Utah--Box Elder County.
    • American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976--Utah--Cache County.
    • American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976--Utah--Rich County.

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