The Buffalo History Museum
36 oversize volumes
(14.5 linear feet)
The records of
Pan-American Exposition Company consist primary of the company's activities
between 1899 and 1908.
The Pan-American Exposition Company was incorporated under the
Pan-American bill signed by Governor Theodore Roosevelt on Jan. 20, 1899. The
bill became Chapter 2 of the New York State laws of 1899.
Twenty-five of the more than 300 incorporators were elected to serve three-year terms as members of the board of directors. The board was charged with making and amending Exposition by-laws, electing a president, ten or more vice-presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, creating committees as needed, and filling all vacant positions. The board also formed an executive committee, and appointed a director general, an auditor, and a board of women managers.
The board of directors elected John G. Milburn president, and appointed William Buchanan director-general. The following committees were created: finance; concessions and exhibits; transportation; publicity; law and insurance; foreign relations; and printing and supplies.
Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1899-1909; financial records,
including cash books, ledgers, a record of insurance, and auditors' memoranda;
site selection records; an index to exhibits; construction field books; Board
of Women Managers' minutes and visitor register; correspondence, reports, and
memoranda of the Director-General; also budgets, estimates, and contracts of
the Director-General; a letter to Roswell Park concerning the operation on
President McKinley; Press Dept. and Bureau of Information reports; Division of
Ethnology and Archaeology visitor registers and exhibit records; New York State
Building visitor registers; and U.S. Government Building guard orders and
This collection is arranged in eleven series:
I. Board of Directors
II. Joint Committee of Architects and Engineers
III. Committee on Exhibits
IV. Board of Women Managers
VI. Medical Director
VII. Committee of Audit
VIII. Dept. of Works
IX. Division of Ethnology and Archaeology
X. New York State Building
XI. U.S. Government Building
The Pan-American Exposition Company Records, 1899-1908, are open for
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors,
or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written
permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Buffalo History Museum before publishing quotations from materials in the
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. C65-7,
Pan-American Exposition Company Records, 1899-1908, Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.