Fourth of July Orations Collection


Fourth of July Orations Collection


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.

Holdings: 458 pamphlets


The collection is available to all researchers. Request materials for use in the Special Collections reading room.

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 collection is digitized.  Pamphlets are available online at the HathiTrust.

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1776-1876, July 4th, City of New Haven, Centennial Celebration under direction of the Joint Special Committee of the City Council : for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of American independence : programme.
Contents: Fourth of July parade. General order of the Chief Marshal ; Order of procession ; Programme of fireworks -- Grand centennial concert : [music]. The glorious Fourth of July ; Red, white and blue ; The battle cry of freedom ; Union Dixie ;…

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