Joint Resolution To establish the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, and for other purposes

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  • The American Revolution Bicentennial Commission is established to plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the American Revolution bicentennial. The Commission shall be composed of the following members: four members of the Senate; four members of the House of Representatives; Secretary of State, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Librarian of Congress, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Archivist of the United States, and Chairman of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities; and seventeen members from private life to be appointed by the President. Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to the President a comprehensive report incorporating its specific recommendations for the commemoration of the bicentennial and related events.
  • The Librarian of Congress, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Archivist of the United States are authorized and requested to cooperate with the Commission, especially in the development and display of exhibits and collections, and in the development of bibliographies, catalogs, and other materials relevant to the period of the Revolutionary War. The Commission is authorized to accept donations of money, property, or personal services. The members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services. All expenditures of the Commission shall be made from donated funds only. An annual report of the activities of the Commission, including an accounting of funds received and expended, shall be furnished by the Commission to the Congress. A final report shall be made to the Congress no later than December 31, 1983, upon which date the Commission shall terminate.


  • American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
  • Archivist of the United States
  • United States Attorney-General
  • Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
  • Librarian of Congress
  • United States. Secretary of Defense
  • United States Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States. Secretary of State
  • United States Congress House
  • United States Congress Senate


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 80 Stat. 259
  • Title 36, Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies and Organizations
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large


Issued as S. J. Res. 162

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80 Stat. 259 (1966); Pub. L. No. 89-491 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1967
  • 07/04/1966
  • Revolution, 1775-1783


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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 259-62

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