Collection ID: Mss. C65-7

Collection context


Pan-American Exposition Company (Buffalo, N.Y.)
The records of Pan-American Exposition Company consist primary of the company's activities between 1899 and 1908.
5 boxes, 36 oversize volumes, and (14.5 linear feet)
Collection material in English .


Scope and Content:

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.

Biographical / Historical:

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.

Acquisition information:

Division of Ethnology and Archaeology exhibit records unknown; unknown; 0000/00/00; none

U.S. Government Building guard orders and list unknown; unknown; 0000/00/00; none

Women's Administration Building visitor register unknown - found in newspaper room; unknown; 0000/00/00; 65-114

Director-General's report Fleming, Edwin; gift; 1920/12/00; 28018

Board of Director's minutes, v. 1, 2, 4 Fleming, Edwin; gift; 1920/10/00; 27928-30


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.

Rules or conventions:
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.


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