Collection ID: 2019.009

Collection context


Campanelli, Ben and Rochester Sesquicentennial Inc.
This collection consists of materials related to the Rochester Sesquicentennial celebration in 1984. Practically all of the materials date from that year. The materials consist of posters, newspaper clippings, a press packet, realia, ephemera, pamphlets, fliers, programs, photographs and postcards.
.25 Cubic Feet, One document box and one oversize folder., .25 Cubic Feet, and .05 Cubic Feet
Preferred citation:

Collection on the Rochester Sesquicentennial. [box#, folder# or volume #]. Local History and Genealogy Division, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.


Scope and Content:

This collection documents the events and activities surrounding the celebration of Rochester's Sesquicentennial in 1984. It includes ephemera, photographs, newspaper clippings and documents related to these events. These materials came from an anonymous source with ties to the organization that officially planned these events, Rochester Sesquicentennial Inc. The majority of the collection is related to the major public programs of the year, including the Commemoration, Dinner and Gala Ball, the various festivals, and the tall ship visit. It also includes a complete press packet for marketing the events.

Biographical / Historical:

Rochester, New York, was incorporated as a city in 1834. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of this event, Rochester Sesquicentennial Inc. was established in September of 1982 to plan and coordinate commemorative events. Led by Rosalie C. Hanson, the organization was given a $450,000 budget, with $200,000 coming from the City, $100,000 from Monroe County, and a planned $150,000 from private and corporate donors. The organization planned a series of major events across the course of 1984, the largest of which were the Dinner and Gala Ball on April 28, the Downtown Festival June 8-10 (in cooperation with the Women's Coalition for Downtown), the canal and Genesee River festival July 6-8, and the Lake Ontario festival July 13-15. The last of these events included a visit by several tall ships to the Port of Rochester, including the sloop Providence, memorabilia of which is included in this collection.

Acquisition information:
Anonymously donated to the Winton Branch Library by a person who identified himself only as a figure involved with the planning of the sesquicentennial celebration and asked not to be recognized. The donated materials are sometimes addressed to Ben Campanelli, who may be the donor.
Processing information:

Due to the anonymous nature of the donor of these materials, the possible provenance was reconstructed based on clues in the materials themselves.


This collection consists of one document box and one oversize folder, arranged as a single series.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the collection.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use in any current or future manifestations must be obtained in writing from the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division.


Collection on the Rochester Sesquicentennial. [box#, folder# or volume #]. Local History and Genealogy Division, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.

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