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Citizen Bee records

Identifier: RHC-30

Collection Description

This collection includes organizational records, contest materials, photographs, and videos of Michigan and national competitions.


  • 1982-1996


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Administrative History

Citizen Bee was an educational competition originated by Robert Clarke, a political science professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, to challenge high school students on their knowledge of American history, government, geography, economics, and current events. The program helped students understand the liberties as guaranteed in America’s Founding documents, and how the words and ideas of America's Founders and our Founding principles affect each citizen’s life. The first bee was held in Kent County in 1981 under the sponsorship of the Grand Rapids Press. In 1985, it became a national program, currently known as the Bill of Rights Institute.


5.0 Linear feet (4 cartons)

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Robert Clarke in 1989, 1996.


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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States