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Pan-American Exposition Company Records,

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Pan-American Exposition Company (Buffalo, N.Y.)

5 boxes

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.

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Collection Details

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 personnel lists.

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
V. Director-General
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

Collection Access & Use

The Pan-American Exposition Company Records, 1899-1908, are open for research.

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 collection.

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. C65-7, Pan-American Exposition Company Records, 1899-1908, Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.

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