The Civil War Centennial Publications Collection, (1914-1987, bulk 1961-1964) contains various publications referencing the American Civil War Centennial. The public commemoration of the Civil War passed by Congress in 1957 also created the United States Civil War Centennial Commission. The Commission was asked to work with each of the forty-eight U.S. states to create state-level commissions to commemorate the war, and to coordinate Centennial activities. Commemoration activities began in 1957, four years prior to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter and ended in 1965 with the 100th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox. This collection consists of maps, pamphlets and publications from each state celebrating the Civil War. The Civil War Centennial Publications Collection can easily be arranged into one series: Series I: Civil War Centennial Publications, 1914-1987 (bulk 1961-1964).
Civil War Centennial Publications Collection, MSS-2012-03-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.