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Governor Frank O'Bannon proclamations

 Collection — Folder: S3270
Identifier: S3270

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a proclamation signed by Governor Frank O’Bannon on March 16, 2001 in which he declared the date April 6, 2001 as Tartan Day throughout the state of Indiana. This proclamation was created in order to honor Scottish Americans for their contributions to the state and country, as well as to observe the anniversary of the signing of the Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, signed on April 6, 1320.

Also included is a proclamation, dated January 21, 2002, marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Residents in Indiana participated in events throughhout their communities to celebrate the leader by promoting tolerance, brotherhood, human rights and service. The proclomation mentions "the State of Indiana is committed to eliminating racism and fostering better race relations."

The last proclamation celebrates the 35th anniversary of the passage of Title VIII Civil Rights Act of 1968. It includes the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Indiana Fair Housing Act, which "states citizens throughout Indiana shall have equal housing opportunities without regard to race, religion, sex, familial status, disability or national origin." This proclamation was signed on April 4, 2003.


  • 2001-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Each year on April 6, Scottish Americans celebrate Tartan Day, a festival that recalls the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a treaty that officially granted the Scots sovereignty over their lands and released them from English rule. In the United States, the first celebrations of Tartan Day began at a local level, with community groups and church organizations organizing small festivals and celebrations beginning in the 1990s. Over the course of the next few years, many states began to observe Tartan Day as well. A national recognition of Tartan Day did not come until March 20, 1998 when the federal government passed Resolution 155, which declared every April 6 as Tartan Day.

Scottish Americans have played an important role in American history. The Declaration of Arbroath was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence. As the Scots immigrated to America, they brought with them their religious beliefs and their favorite past times, such as curling and golf. Scottish Americans have also been integral in the creation of many colleges and universities. Some famous Scottish Americans include Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, Washington Irving, and Theodore Roosevelt.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in 2001 and records transfer from the Indiana Division during October 2019.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in September 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. Collection processing revised on 2019/11/08 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created in September 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid revised on 2019/11/08 by Bethany Fiechter.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.