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200th Anniversary Files

Call Number: OF-1E-2

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Records of Brown University’s 1964 bicentennial celebration. The bicentennial celebration began on March 2, 1964, with a formal convocation in Sayles Hall at noon, with John Nicholas Brown as the principal speaker. An all-University Convocation at Meehan Auditorium opened the academic year on September 21 with an address by President Keeney. On Sunday, September 27, a three-day celebration began in the First Baptist Meeting House, as the University acknowledged its Baptist origins and its religious tolerance from the beginning. On November 15th the University joined the First Baptist Church in Warren in the celebration of the church’s 200th anniversary. The bicentennial year came to a close with a pops concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, sponsored by the Brown Club of Rhode Island and the Pembroke College Club of Providence.


  • 1956-1965
  • Majority of material found within ( 1964-1965)

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.

Conditions Governing Use

All researchers seeking to publish materials from the collections of the John Hay Library are requested to complete a Notice of Intent to Publish, prior to reproducing, quoting, or otherwise publishing any portion or extract from this collection. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.


This collection is divided into 2 series.
  1. Series 1. Bicentennial Major Participants
  2. Series 2. Subject Files


3 linear feet (6 document boxes)


The 200th Anniversity Files include office files, publications, and official brochures files dated from 1956 to 1965, with most dated from 1964 to 1965. It includes materials regarding the planning of the university's bicentennial events, booklets and announcements, and files on the event's major participants.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1964, Brown University celebrated its 200 year anniversary. The celebrations included a formal convocation at Sayles Hall, a meeting of the Corporation, an all-university convocation, a three-day celebration at the First Baptist Meeting House, and three symposia on the bicentennial theme, amongst other festivities.
Guide to the 200th Anniversary Files1956-1965(bulk 1964-1965)
Finding aid prepared by Paul Jordan and Daniela Carney
2019 April 29
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Repository Details

Part of the Brown University Library Repository

John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence RI 02912 U.S.A.
Tel: 401-863-3723