2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 15, 2021 1:38 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records of American Freedom Trains

    Maxim Avloshenko Newbie

      I'm doing a story for TV news production about the history of the American Freedom Trains from 1947-1949  and 1975-1976, and I'm looking for any materials, photo, video, film, old newspapers related to this topic. Thank you! Max

        • Re: Seeking records of American Freedom Trains
          Susannah Brooks Navigator

          You can find quite a few newspaper articles on the freedom trains in the late 1940's at Chronicling America « Library of Congress (loc.gov).  Use "freedom train" as your search.  This is a free newspaper site from the Library of Congress.

          • Re: Seeking records of American Freedom Trains
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Mr. Avloshenko,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 20 series from various record groups and collections that pertain to the first Freedom Train from 1947 to 1949. For more information about these records, please contact the reference unit listed in the description. We also located an article titled “Freedom Train” by the National Archives that may be useful.

             

            Next, we located 5 series in the Records of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (Record Group 452) and 2 series in the Byron M. "Red" Cavaney Files (Collection GRF-0022) that pertain to the Bicentennial Freedom Train from 1975 to 1976. For more information about these records, please contact the reference unit listed in the description.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various NARA reference units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            Lastly, we suggest looking through various newspapers using Chronicling America for articles about the first Freedom Train. Please search your local library or the internet for articles about the Bicentennial Train, including this one.

             

            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

             

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