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Fourth of July Orations Collection.


Fourth of July Orations Collection.


Holdings: 458 pamphlets.


The Fourth of July Orations Collection contains published pamphlets of addresses made on Independence Day from 1791-1925. The speeches explore topics central to the developing United States in the first 150 years of its existence and include themes such as honoring the generation that fought in the Revolutionary War, westward expansion, national politics, the Civil War, civic duty, religion and other concerns current throughout the nineteenth century. Several pamphlets focus specifically on the fiftieth and one-hundredth anniversaries of the Declaration of Independence in 1826 and 1876 and contain reports on the progress of the nation since the Revolutionary War.

The majority of the pamphlets were published in New England, with Massachusetts being the most heavily represented state. However, the collection also includes pamphlets from other states, such as Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana. Foreign countries such as Canada, France, and Italy are also represented, and the collection also includes a speech in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1854, over one hundred years before its statehood. Of interest to scholars of American social and political history, the collection provides a sweeping demonstration of the ways in which the concept of America has changed through several formative events in the nation’s history.

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The materials in this collection have been fully catalogued and are available in the library catalog under the heading Fourth of July Orations Collection (University of Missouri–Columbia. Libraries).


The University of Missouri Libraries do not hold copyright on most collection materials, and therefore we do not charge usage fees or require permission to publish scanned images. The libraries encourage use of reproductions of Special Collections materials in publications, broadcasts, public displays and on web pages. However, please be aware that the user is responsible for determining copyright status and applying for permission to copyright holders.

Access Rights

Materials do not circulate but are available to users in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment. Some materials in this collection are stored offsite. Please request materials at least 48 hours in advance.

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