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Freedom Train Materials, 1947-1948


Title: Freedom Train Materials

Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KCMC) 393

Physical Description: 1 folder (3 items)

Creator: unknown

Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport



Provenance: The provenance of this collection is unknown. The materials were found in the archives in November 2008.

Access/Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Processed by: Brianne Johnson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in November 2008.



This collection should be cited as:

Freedom Train Materials, 1947-1948. KC Manuscript Collection 393, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.



The Freedom Train carried artifacts of American history, including original versions of the United States Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and The Bill of Rights. From 1947-1949 The Freedom Train toured the contiguous 48 states with the goal of “reawakening Americans to…the principles of liberty.” It stopped in Kingsport on October 1st, 1948.



The collection consists of one booklet entitled “The Documents on the Freedom Train” that contains information on documents and other materials from the Freedom Train. The booklet was sent to employees of the Kingsport Press and includes a letter from E.W. Palmer, president of the Kingsport Press.



1. Envelope, undated

2. Freedom Train Booklet, 1947

3. Letter from E. W. Palmer, September 23, 1948