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Records of the Sesqui-Centennial Association


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City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, City Archives
Records of the Sesqui-Centennial Association
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The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association was the organization which planned and administered the major international exposition held in Philadelphia from May 30 through November 30, 1926, in honor of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thirty foreign nations participated in the event which attracted seven million visitors. Participation lagged behind expectations, however, and financial problems dogged the project from beginning to end. The Association passed into receivership in 1927 and several years passed before the claims of the organization's many creditors were resolved in U.S. district court. The official records of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association at the Philadelphia City Archives represent the largest extant body of material concerning this event. They consist of approximately 40 cubic feet of holdings dating from 1920 through 1931. The records are primarily made up of the files of the administrative staff who organized and conducted the Sesqui-Centennial from 1925 to 1926. Also included are minutes and correspondence of the Sesqui-Centennial Association board who initiated the project in the early 1920s and the numerous voluntary boards staffed by Philadelphians noted in their fields to plan appropriate events and activities in such fields as athletics, business and industry, fine arts, medicine, music, transportation, and black history.
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The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association was the organization which planned and administered the major international exposition held in Philadelphia from May 30 through November 30, 1926, in honor of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The idea for the exposition is said to have originated in 1916 when the merchant, John Wanamaker, expressed interest in the sesqui-centennial as an opportunity for Philadelphia to serve as the focus for an international gathering which would rival the great U.S. Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876. World War I intervened and discussion of the sesqui-centennial did not resume until 1920, when a committee assembled to form the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association which was incorporated on May 9, 1921. Various sites were considered and League Island near the U.S. Navy Yard in South Philadelphia was selected. The Association employed experienced world's fair planners and professionals to prepare the buildings and grounds which filled 450 acres and to organize the exposition and related events which were subsidized by public and private funds. Thirty foreign nations participated in the event which attracted seven million visitors. Participation lagged behind expectations, however, and financial problems dogged the project from beginning to end. The Association passed into receivership in 1927 and several years passed before the claims of the organization's many creditors were resolved in U.S. district court.

Scope and Contents

The official records of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association at the Philadelphia City Archives represent the largest extant body of material concerning this event. They consist of approximately 40 cubic feet of holdings dating from 1920 through 1931 including 29 record storage cartons, 18 volumes of newspaper clippings, 3 map file drawers, and 4 photographic albums containing approximately 4,000 black-and-white prints. The records are primarily made up of the files of the administrative staff who organized and conducted the Sesqui-Centennial from 1925-1926. Also included are minutes and correspondence of the Sesqui-Centennial Association board who initiated the project in the early 1920s and the numerous voluntary boards staffed by Philadelphians noted in their fields to plan appropriate events and activities in such fields as athletics, business and industry, fine arts, medicine, music, transportation, and black history. Notable among these was the Women's Committee which organized a historical reconstruction of Philadelphia in 1776 that proved highly popular.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

232-1 Committee of One Hundred 232-1.1 Minutes 232-1.2 Correspondence

232-2 Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association 232-2.1 Charter & By-Laws 232-2.2 Minutes 232-2.3 Correspondence 232-2.4 Official History 232-2.5 Printed Material (Non-Official) 232-2.6 Photographs 232-2.7 Scrapbooks 232-2.8 Financial Records

232-3 Board of Directors of Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association 232-3.1 Minutes 232-3.2 Correspondence & Files

232-3-1 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors 232-3-1.1 Minutes 232-3-1.2 Correspondence & Files 232-3-1.3 Reports to Board of Directors 232-3-1.4 Site Selection Reports 232-3-1.5 Exhibit Contracts 232-3-1.6 Resolutions 232-3-1.7 Financial Reports

232-3-2 President of the Board of Directors 232-3-2.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-3 Committee to Select a Director-General 232-3-3.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-4 Committee of Fifty to Celebrate July 4, 1922 232-3-4.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-5 Committee on Athletics 232-3-5.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-6 Committee on Education 232-3-6.1 Minutes: See (232-3-6.2) 232-3-6.2 Correspondence & Files

232-3-7 Electrical Committee 232-3-7.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-8 Committee on Grounds and Buildings 232-3-8.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-9 Industrial Committee 232-3-9.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-10 Committee on Manufactures 232-3-10.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-11 Committee on Health, Medicine, and Allied Sciences 232-3-11.1 Minutes 232-3-11.2 Correspondence & Files

232-3-12 Committee on Municipalities 232-3-12.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-13 Committee on Music 232-3-13.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-14 Committee on Negro Activities 232-3-14.1 Minutes 232-3-14.2 Correspondence & Files

232-3-15 Committee on Publicity 232-3-15.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-16 Committee on Religion 232-3-16.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-17 Committee on Shipping 232-3-17.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-18 Committee on Theatricals and Amusements 232-3-18.1 Correspondence & Files

232-3-19 Women's Committee

232-3-20 Committee on Continuance of Exhibition in 1927 232-3-20.1 Report

232-4. Administrative 232-4-1 Executive Director 232-4-1.1 Correspondence & Files

232-4-2 Director-General 232-4-2.1 Correspondence & Files

232-4-3 Administrative Staff 232-4-3.1 Minutes of Meetings of Department Heads 232-4-3.2 Plans for Buildings and Grounds

232-4-4 Department of Admissions and Concessions

232-4-5 Department of Domestic Participation & Special Events 232-4-5.1 Correspondence & Files 232-4-5.2 Federal Participation 232-4-5.3 State Participation 232-4-5.4 Congresses and Conventions 232-4-5.5 Special Events 232-4-5.6 Special Days: See Record Series 232-4-5.5 232-4-5.7 Music Division 232-4-5.8 Division of Negro Activities

232-4-6 Department of Exhibits 232-4-6.1 Correspondence & Files 232-4-6.2 Division of Education and Social Economy 232-4-6.3 Fine Arts Division--Catalog 232-4-6.4 Jury of Awards--Awards Lists 232-4-6.5 Sales Division

232-4-7 Department of Finance and Accounting 232-4-7.1 Correspondence & Files 232-4-7.2 Contracts 232-4-7.3 General Orders 232-4-7.4 Personnel Records 232-4-7.5 Financial Reports 232-4-7.6 Audit Papers 232-4-7.7 Progress Division 232-4-7.8 Appropriation ledger

232-4-8 Department of Foreign Participation 232-4-8.1 Correspondence & Files

232-4-9 Department of Pageantry 232-4-9.1 Program for "Freedom" Pageant

232-4-10 Department of Publicity 232-4-10.1 Correspondence & Files 232-4-10.2 Newsletters 232-4-10.3 Pamphlets 232-4-10.4 Posters 232-4-10.5 American Teacher-American Youth Award 232-4-10.6 Programs of Events

232-4-11 Women's Department 232-4-11.1 Correspondence & Files 232-4-11.2 Printed Literature

232-4-12 Department of Works 232-4-12.1 Specifications

232-5 Receivers 232-5.1 Correspondence & Files 232-5.2 Auction Catalogue of Receivers' Sale 232-5.3 Daily Cash Reports 232-5.4 Transcripts of Equity Proceedings in Case of John D. Cardinell

232-6 Pennsylvania Sesqui-centennial Commission 232-6.1 Report

232-7. Photographs 232-7.1. Album Photographs 232-7.2. Athletics Photographs 232-7.3. Naval Photographs 232-7.4. Publicity Department Photographs 232-7.5. Miscellaneous Photographs

Administrative Information

Publication Information

City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, City Archives,  2010.06.28

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Gail E. Farr


The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos and Courtney Smerz.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use, in-house only.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Philadelphia City Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Processing Information note

The records of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association were placed at the Free Library of Philadelphia at the close of the exposition and were later transferred to the Philadelphia City Archives. The records were processed in 1996-1997 with support from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The processing of the Sesqui-Centennial Association records conducted in 1996-1997 primarily focused on the files of the Sesqui's officers and management which were in dire need of attention because of their large quantity of deteriorating paper including numerous carbons of letters and memoranda. Photographs from the Sesqui records were processed and indexed in spring, 2000 as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. One additional body of documentation-- the scrapbooks of newspaper clippings--still awaits further processing and the Archives plans to address the preservation and access needs of these holdings in the near future.

The 1996/1997 work built upon the preliminary processing of the Sesqui-Centennial records conducted by Ward Childs in 1969-1970 and the series list which was prepared at that time and subsequently published in the Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the City and County of Philadelphia (1970). Two features of the recent processing activity bear mention. First, as in 1969-1970, archival processing staff noted that some of the files of the Sesqui's operating departments such as Exhibits, Concessions and Admissions, and Domestic Participation and Special Events were filed according to a hierarchical classification scheme and that the classification numbers appeared on the file labels of files used in these offices as well as on the individual items contained within the folders. Typically this classification scheme included a letter and number sequence separated by decimal points (i.e., "G.7.1"). However, since no one, to our knowledge, has ever been able to locate a master list of the classification system, archives personnel have not been able to use the system in more than a limited way in preparing the records for research use. The old classification numbers were transferred to the folder labels when the materials were refoldered this past year and the original file order of that classification system--for those portions of the organizational records where it was used--has been retained. Second, and significantly, the recent archival processing resulted in the discovery of an "Operating Organization Chart" dated 23 March 1926 (Map Case Folder 12, Blueprints). The chart clarified the relationship between the various departments and sub-units within the organization instituted by the Sesqui-Centennial association officers to administer the work of the exposition. This information has enabled the archives to relate portions of the records which had become fragmented over time to a structural framework as described in the following pages.

The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos in 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition (1926 : Philadelphia, Pa.) .
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Reports
  • Exhibitions
  • Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition (1926 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

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Collection Inventory

232-1. Committee of One Hundred.

Scope and Contents note

The incorporating agency of the Sesqui-Centennial, the Committee of One Hundred (also informally referred to as "the citizens' committee" for the Sesqui-Centennial) originated on November 1, 1920, when Mayor J. Hampton Moore sent out a circular letter stating that "As the result of conferences and suggestions from the Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin Institute and other public spirited organizations, I invite you to attend a meeting to be held in the Mayor's Office, City Hall [on November 4, 1920] to prepare for the organization of a movement to celebrate in Philadelphia, in 1926, the Sesqui-Centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence" (Minutes, Nov. 1, 1920). At this meeting, which was attended by Alba Johnson, president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, John Frederick Lewis, president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and of the Art Jury, and John Wanamaker, among others, the participants approved a motion authorizing the mayor to appoint a citizens' committee to prepare a plan of celebration. The participants also adopted a resolution in which they asked Mayor Moore to request City Council for an appropriation of $50,000 to cover preliminary expenses. The Committee of One Hundred was appointed, and at an organizational meeting on February 14, 1921, the members resolved to secure a charter for the project, to be incorporated under the title, "Sesqui-Centennial Exposition Association," and recommended a list of officers and directors. Lewis was named chair of the committee on incorporation, and the mayor was selected as the association's president. For some reason, the application for the charter listed the name of the organization as the "Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association" (not "Exposition Association" as originally discussed). The "Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association" became the official name when the governor of Pennsylvania chartered the organization by letters patent on May 9, 1921. The Committee of One Hundred then went out of existence.

232-1.1. Minutes, November 1, 1920-February 14, 1921. 1 volume.

Scope and Contents note

The minutes of the Committee of One Hundred are bound in with the minutes of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association. Included is a list of the Committee of One Hundred as well as lists of those members of the Committee who were present at the meetings to organize the Association.

Box Folder

November 1, 1920-February 14, 1921.

A-1460 1

232-1.2. Correspondence, December 1920-November 1921, September 1923. 1 folder + 1 legal size folder.

Scope and Contents note

Includes a list of Committee of One Hundred members and the memorial of William Coates, president of Philadelphia Board of Trade, to City Council, January 1921, requesting authorization of $50,000 to support the Committee's work.

Box Folder

December 1920-November 1921; September 1923.

A-1458 1

December 1920-January 1921.

A-1478 1

232-2. Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association.

Scope and Contents note

On February 14, 1921, the Committee of One Hundred (see 232-1) resolved to form a corporation under the title of "The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association" and obtain a state charter for this association which was granted in May of that year. On June 3 the Association met to adopt its charter and bylaws and elected a board of directors. Together with the executive committee, selected that same day (see 232-3-1), the board of directors became the governing body with respect to the Association as a whole. The board directors met and organized under the presidency of Mayor Moore with John Wanamaker as honorary chairman, Alba Johnson as first vice-president, John H. Mason as treasurer, and Edward Robins as secretary pro tem. In succeeding months the directors appointed special committees, hired office staff, and discussed general planning strategies as well as more general topics such as public commentary on the exposition and ways of promoting public involvement. Citizens were invited to become members of the Association on payment of dues of $10.00. On June 21, 1921, there were 218 members and by late September there were 847 who had paid their dues.

The Association gathered for an annual meeting each May beginning 1922. After giving the presidential address at the first annual meeting, Mayor Moore resigned from the presidency. John Frederick Lewis served as interim president through June 30 of that year; in August, the board chose Franklin D'Olier for the post. Philadelphia mayor W. Freeland Kendrick was elected president on November 28, 1923. In February 1925 Kendrick hired Col. D. C. Collier as director-in-chief, and by the following year the association employed a large administrative staff. Kendrick remained president of the Association through the close of the exposition.

232-2.1. Charter & by-laws, 1921; revised 1926. 2 folders.

Scope and Contents note

Includes lists of names and addresses of subscribers to the Association as well as copies of the Acts of Assembly under which it was incorporated.

Box Folder

1921; 1926.

A-1458 2

Revised, 1926.

A-1458 3

232-2.2. Minutes, February 14, 1921-June 1925. 2 vols. (intermittent).

Scope and Contents note

Bound in with the minutes of the Committee of One Hundred and the minutes of the board of directors of the Sesqui-Centennial association are found minutes of the annual meetings of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association. The first annual meeting of the Association took place on May 9, 1922, and subsequent meetings were held each May thereafter. The proceedings of the annual meetings generally included a president's report, treasurer's reports, and reports on membership.

Box Folder

February 14, 1921-September 22, 1922.

A-1460 1

232-2.3. Correspondence, 1921-1923. 4 folders + 2 legal size folders.

Scope and Contents note

The series includes correspondence concerning the appointment of the Citizens' Committee of Fifty for Celebration of July 4, 1922. Not to be confused with the Committee of One Hundred, this was a committee of the Sesqui-Centennial Association whose purpose was to celebrate the formal dedication of the Sesqui-Centennial site on July 4, 1922. The correspondence file also includes correspondence regarding the City Councils' Committee on the Sesqui-centennial and letters to Association officers suggesting names for the Sesqui-Centennial celebration.

Box Folder

Citizens' Committee of Fifty for Celebration of July 4, 1922, April-May 1922.

A-1458 4

City Councils' Committee on Sesquicentennial, June 1922.

A-1458 5

Suggested names for exposition, October 21, 1921-April 1923.

A-1458 6

The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition: Philadelphia 1776-1926: Official Statement of Plan and Scope. Show Your Patriotism by Citizens' Joining. Headquarters Membership Committee, circa 1922.

A-1458 7

Citizens' Committee of Fifty for Celebration of July 4, 1922, April-May 1922.

A-1478 2

General, 1921.

A-1478 3

232-2.4. Official history, 1926, 1929. 1 vol., no index.

Related Archival Materials note

The authors' notes and drafts for the history are not in the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association records at the City Archives. Background information about the history may be found in the papers of Joseph R. Wilson (232-4-6.2) who began collecting material soon after his appointment as official Sesqui-Centennial historian on May 10, 1926 and in the files of Department of Finance and Accounting director, E. L. Austin (series 232-4-7 and 232-5), who completed the project with Odell Hauser. A manuscript version of the exhibit awards list which appears in the appendix to the published volume is housed in series (232-4-6-4). Additional information about many of the special events mentioned in the history is found in the programs of events issued by the Department of Publicity headed by Hauser (232-4-10.6) and in the files of the Department of Domestic Participation and Special Events (232-4-5).

Box Folder

The Sesquicentennial International Exposition: A Record Based on Official Data and Departmental Reports, by E. L. Austin and Odell Hauser, with an introduction by John Frederick Lewis (Philadelphia: Current Publications, Inc.), 1929.

A-1475 66

232-2.5. Printed material (non-official), 1926. 6 folders.

Scope and Contents note

Includes tourist guidebooks, leaflets, and pamphlets providing information about the Sesqui-Centennial issued by businesses or organizations other than the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association. Of special interest is The Port of Philadelphia: Its History, Facilities, and Advantages (1926), issued by the Philadelphia Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries, which contains detailed information about the city's waterfront at this time.

Box Folder

Sesquicentennial pamphlets, miscellaneous, gift of Mr. John Davis, undated.

A-1475 58

Sesquicentennial leaflets, miscellaneous, 1926.

A-1475 59

The Library of Congress and its Activities, July 1926.

A-1475 60

Philadelphia Guidebooks, miscellaneous, undated.

A-1475 61

Tourists’ Guide to Philadelphia for Sesquicentennial Year 1926, 1926.

A-1475 62

The Port of Philadelphia, 1926.

A-1475 63

232-2.6. Photographs, undated. 1 volume.

Box Folder

Index (Sesquicentennial Photographs Held by Prints and Photographs Department, Free Library of Philadelphia), undated.

A-1475 3.5

232-2.7. Scrapbooks, 1922-1927. 18 vols., no index.

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings of editorials, news items, cartoons chiefly from Philadelphia and New York newspapers concerning Exhibition events and exhibits; also official posters, tickets, passes, unofficial publications, badges, and samples of Sesqui-Centennial association membership and service certificates.

Box Folder

Philadelphia: Birthplace of Liberty (official souvenir viewbook), undated.

A-1475 64
Map-case Folder

“The Sesqui-Centennial, the Navy Yard and Almost the Entire Southern Half of Philadelphia Viewed from the Air,” Philadelphia Public Ledger, August 29, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item #1

232-2.8. Financial records, November 1923-February 1924. 2 folders + 1 legal size folder.

Scope and Contents note

Includes canceled checks, statements, and deposit records for the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association's account at Drexel & Co. documenting payments for advertising and promotion, printing, staff, and equipment.

Box Folder

Cancelled checks, November 1923-April 1924.

A-1458 8

Financial statements, November 1923-February 1924.

A-1458 9

Drexel & Co. deposit records, November 1923-December 1924.

A-1478 4

232-3. Board of Directors of Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association.

Scope and Contents note

On June 3, 1921, the Association elected its first board of directors under the new Association charter. Together with the Executive Committee (See 232-3-1), the board became the governing body with respect to the Association as a whole. The board of directors met and organized under the presidency of Mayor Moore with John Wanamaker as honorary chairman, Alba Johnson as first vice-president, John H. Mason as treasurer, and Edward Robins as secretary pro tem. In succeeding months the directors appointed special committees, hired office staff, and discussed general planning strategies as well as more specific topics such as public commentary on the exposition and ways of promoting public involvement.

232-3.1. Minutes, June 3, 1921-April 22, 1927 (incomplete). 2 vols., 18 legal-size folders, partial index.

Scope and Contents note

Folders 1-2 contain two bound volumes of minutes which detail the proceedings of the Board of Directors from their election on February 14, 1921, through October 27, 1925. The volumes contain marginal notations which provide an index. Folders 3-20 contain miscellaneous sets of minutes for the following meetings: May 16, c. June 1922 [portion], August 2, and extracts from minutes February 21, 1922-August 27, 1923, October 2, November 20, November 22, and December 10, 1923; May 13, June 11, 1924, and loose undated items, c. 1922-1924; January 11, August 16, and November 29, 1926; and January 25 and April 22, 1927.

Box Folder

June 3, 1921-September 22, 1922.

A-1460 1

June 3, 1921-September 22, 1922.

A-1460 2

May 16, 1922-June 11, 1924.

A-1460 3

January 11, 1926.

A-1460 4

Includes resolutions (carbon), August 16, 1926.

A-1460 5-9

Includes resolutions (original), November 29, 1926.

A-1460 10-15

Includes resolutions (original), January 25, 1927.

A-1460 16-18

Minutes (carbon copy of minutes only), January 25, 1927.

A-1460 19

Includes resolutions regarding payments due (original), April 22, 1927.

A-1460 20

232-3.2. Correspondence, 1921-1926. 33 folders + 6 legal size folders.

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of this material dates from 1922-1923 and documents the preliminary work of Sesqui-Centennial Association board members in planning and fundraising for the exposition. Included are lists of names of board members and their business affiliations, along with correspondence pertaining to the appointment and election of Association officers, annual meetings, Campaign Committee luncheons, dinners, and pledge drives.

Items in the files for 1921 concern appointments made by Mayor Moore for persons to serve as committee members and chairs.

Letters for 1922 include correspondence from the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia which produced a report on the siting of the exposition, opposition to Sunday opening of the exposition, membership promotion, and letters of endorsement for prospective directors-in-chief, engineers, architects, and planners. Correspondents include original Association subscribers such as Lucretia Blankenberg, widow of former mayor Rodolph Blankenberg, and Hon. James M. Beck, Solicitor General of the U.S.

The 1923 correspondence includes incoming letters addressed to Victor Rosewater, secretary of the board; outgoing items addressed to Ernest Trigg, chair of the Executive Committee; Franklin D'Olier's letter of resignation as president of the board, November 6, 1923; letters of resignation from Association members who did not wish to make dues payments; and scripts of radio broadcasts on behalf of Sesqui by John R. Stockwell, chair of the Sesqui-Centennial Committee of the City Club, and others.

The correspondence for 1924 contains discussion of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association charter amendment; a September 5, 1924, letter from William W. Matos to Trigg discusses parallels with the Wembley Exhibition held in England, the need for a stadium, and the role of pageants in the Sesqui. Additionally, the correspondence includes files of letters and printed matter from individuals and organizations opposed to the Sesqui-Centennial exposition, 1922-23 (folder 19); material concerning the appointment of Paul Cret as chief architect in September 1922; bond sales; a fundraising dinner for Hon. James Beck; appeals to Camden, New Jersey, manufacturers and businesses, and to various states for support and participation in the exposition; and accounts.

Box Folder

Meeting, November 4, 1926.

A-1458 10

December 1925-July 1926.

A-1458 11


A-1458 12

Appointments, December 1925-April 1926.

A-1458 13

Election, May 1926.

A-1458 14


A-1458 15

January-May 1922.

A-1458 16

June 1922.

A-1458 17

July 1922.

A-1458 18

August-December 1922.

A-1458 19


A-1458 20

Resignation of members, April-August 1923.

A-1458 21


A-1458 22

Accounts, 1922-1924.

A-1458 23

Agriculture, May 1922-November 1923.

A-1458 24

Annual meeting, April-May 1922.

A-1458 25

Annual meeting, April-May 1923.

A-1458 26

Annual meeting, May 1924.

A-1458 27

Anti-Sesquicentennial protests, June 1922-October 1923.

A-1458 28

Camden, New Jersey, manufacturers and businesses, November-December 1923.

A-1458 29

Campaign Committee, November 1922-May 1923.

A-1458 30

Central City--Dinner, acceptances and regrets, August 23, 1923.

A-1458 31-32

Congressional Record, v. 67, February 16-17, 1926, proceedings regarding Sesquicentennial.

A-1458 33-34

Congressional resolutions, 1925, 1926.

A-1458 35

Cret, Paul, Dr., architect, September 1922-June 1923.

A-1458 36

Dinner, September 13, 1923.

A-1458 37

Dinner for Hon. James Beck, acceptances, September 21-24, 1923.

A-1458 38

Dinner for Hon. James Beck, regrets, September 17-October 8, 1923.

A-1458 39-41

Luncheons, large bond sales, August 1923.

A-1458 42

Board of Directors’ annual meeting, May 1922.

A-1478 5

Anti-Sesqui protests, June 1922-October 1923.

A-1478 6

Broadcasting, circa 1923.

A-1478 7

Dinners, August 15 and 29, 1923.

A-1478 8

Board of Directors- general (Part 6)- lists of members.

A-1478 9

Board of Directors- plans and appropriations.

A-1478 10

232-3-1. Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Scope and Contents note

Meeting for the first time on June 21, 1921, the Executive Committee managed the business operations of the Association including budget oversight, accounts, membership, and authorization of expenditures. Additionally, under Association bylaws, the Executive Committee was specifically charged with locating and selecting a site for the exposition which was a major focus of its work the first year. The Committee also took increasing responsibility for seeking appropriate legislative action from Congress and the state of Pennsylvania to ensure cooperation and funding.

232-3-1.1 Minutes, June 21, 1921-March 15, 1927. 1 vol. + 15 folders + 2 legal size folders. Partial index..
Scope and Contents note

The Executive Committee minutes document meetings of the Committee beginning with its first meeting on June 21, 1921, through early 1927 with gaps. Originals of the minutes for June 21, 1921-May 16, 1922 are bound in with the first volume of minutes of meetings of the board of directors. Included in these early Executive Committee minutes is much informative material concerning site selection. On December 6, 1921, the Committee resolved to request the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Real Estate Board to make recommendations regarding the proposed site. On January 4, 1922, the Committee resolved that the reports of these organizations would be printed at the expense of the Association, and a summary of a public hearing to discuss the issue appear in the minutes for February 7. On March 14, the Executive Committee presented its report to the board of directors recommending Fairmount Park--the recommendation of the Engineers' Club--as the site for the exposition (the board approved the proposal). The mayor submitted the report to City Council along with a request for the enactment of an ordinance to allow the Association to develop the exposition at that location. The report was issued in pamphlet form under the title, The Sesqui-Centennial Exposition Philadelphia 1776-1926: Message of the Mayor to the Council of the City of Philadelphia, together with the Report of the Executive Committee on the Selection of the Fairmount Park-Parkway Site (Philadelphia, 1922), a copy of which is pasted into the minute book. Additionally, the Committee minutes for February 2, 1922, contain an account of Mayor Moore's visit to Washington in which he interviewed President Warren Harding, Pennsylvania senator George Wharton Pepper and other congressional leaders as well as an enthusiastic Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, "who exclaimed 'the Sesqui-Centennial offers the finest opportunity imaginable'."

There are also 17 folders of unbound minutes. Some portions are carbon copies and there are gaps. Included are minutes for May 16, 1923-June 11, 1924; April 7-June 25 and September-October 1925; March 29-June 21 and September 20, 1926; and March 11-15, 1927. Portions have marginal notes which form an index.

The minutes for 1923 document the interaction between the senior officers of the committee--Ernest Trigg, Franklin D'Olier, and Victor Rosewater--and Col. John Price Jackson, who served as executive director of the Association in 1923. Principle topics of discussion were the Campaign Committee, Subscription Committee, subscription drives, fundraising dinners, and bond sales; efforts to elicit support and cooperation from states, organizations, and foreign countries; attempts to secure support and financial backing from Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot; methods of representing of various topical themes in the exposition; design and content of specific exhibits and events; and special committee reports and recommendations.

By 1924-25 the discussion focused mainly on the work of special board-appointed planning committees, some of whose minutes and presentations are filed in with the executive committee minutes.

Additionally, the series contains dated, unnumbered resolutions of the Executive Committee to approve expenditures, September 1925-March 1927. The bulk of the Committee's resolutions are found in (232-3-1.6).

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July 16-October 12, 1923.

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October 1-November 9, 1923.

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November 15-December 28, 1923.

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January 5-June 14, 1924.

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April 7-May 14, 1925.

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May 21-June 3, 1925.

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June 11-25, 1925.

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September 3-10, 1925.

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September 16-30, 1925.

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October 1925.

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March 29-April 6, 1926.

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April 12, 1926.

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May 10-24, 1926.

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June 21 (portion), September 20, 1926.

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March 11-15, 1927.

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December 1922-September 1923.

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March-September 1923.

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December 1923-July 1924.

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May-July 1923.

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Meeting Agenda, September 1923-July 1924.

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[Bound in with Board of Directors minutes, bound volumes (Box 3) for 1921-1922].

232-3-1.2 Correspondence & files, December 1922-July 1924. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Consists mainly of correspondence between Victor Rosewater and members of the Association regarding the Executive Committee's fundraising campaign.

232-3-1.3 Reports to Board of Directors, 1923, 1925. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Includes Progress of Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition: Report made by the Chairman of the Executive Committee to special meeting of the Board of Directors, October 2, 1923 (pamphlet, 1923) and a typed report written by Ernest Trigg, chair of the Executive Committee, on October 27, 1925, for presentation at the Board of Director's meeting of that year, outlining progress made in construction, foreign participation, and committee work.

Box Folder

Report of Chairman, October 2, 1923.

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Report on Committees, October 1925.

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232-3-1.4 Site selection reports, 1922, c. 1920-1924. 2 folders + 4 legal size folders + 1 blueprint file.
Scope and Contents note

Contains "Report of the Sesqui-Centennial Committee of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia on Sites to the Executive Committee of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 25, 1922" (typescript, 114 pages), two copies of the published Engineers' Club Report; a seven-page mimeographed typescript of a proposition favoring Peace Park [Hog Island] as the site for the Sesqui-Centennial exposition written by an unidentified author sometime during the early 1920s; the lavishly illustrated bound volume published by the Tacony Manufactures' Association on the Proposed Site for the Sesqui-Centennial, Philadelphia, 1926: Upper Roosevelt Boulevard, Including Part of Pennypack Park (December 1921); and a similar illustrated report of the same title with a soft-cover binding published by the Northeast Sesqui-Centennial Association in February 1922.

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"Report of the Sesqui-Centennial Committee of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia on Sites/To the Executive Committee of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association." Philadelphia, Pa. [typescript, 114 pages], January 25, 1922.

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Proposition favoring Peace Park (Hog Island) as Site for Sesquicentennial. [Typed mimeograph, 7 pages. Author unidentified], circa 1920-1924.

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Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia Report- Printed Booklet- Copy 1, January 25, 1922.

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Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia Report-Printed Booklet- Copy 2, January 25, 1922.

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Tacony Manufacturers’ Association Upper Roosevelt Boulevard Site with photos, December 1921.

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Northeast Sesquicentennial Association, February 1922.

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Map-case Folder

[Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce?] Plan showing location of City Farms in 14th Survey District, Northeast Philadelphia, with annotations in pencil showing location of "fairgrounds" and accompanying key typed on Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce letterhead, circa 1921-1922.

U-1 12 / Item 1

"Adopted Plan of Sesqui-Centennial" on Parkway, with typed legend, circa 1922-1923.

U-1 12 / Item 2

Schuylkill-Wissahickon Site Committee, [fragments of report], undated.

U-1 12 / Item 2.5
Box Folder

Financial reports (bound in with Board of Directors Minutes, bound vols. (Box 3) for years 1921-1922).

232-3-1.5 Exhibit contracts, July 1925-August 1926. 8 folders + 1 legal size folder.
Scope and Contents note

Includes carbon copies of contract numbers 1-185 with individual exhibitors as well as a mimeographed summary of contracts for Buildings 1, 2, and 5 and a sample concession contract.

Box Folder

Exhibit contracts (carbon copy), nos. 1-59, July 1925-March 1926.

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Exhibit contracts (carbon copy) nos. 61-100, July 1925-March 1926.

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Exhibit contracts (carbon copy) nos. 101-139, July 1925-March 1926.

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Exhibit contracts (carbon copy) nos. 140-171, July 1925-March 1926.

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Exhibit contracts (carbon copy) nos. 172-185, July 1925-March 1926.

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Exhibit contracts, building 1 (mimeograph), July-August 1926.

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Exhibit contracts, building 2 (mimeograph), July-August 1926.

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Exhibit contracts, building 5 (mimeograph), July-August 1926.

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Exhibit contracts, sample concession contract, circa June 1925.

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232-3-1.6 Resolutions, January 4-December 6, 1926. 3 cu. ft., No index.
Scope and Contents note

These are resolutions to approve expenditures for the Sesqui-Centennial exposition which were passed by the Executive Committee during 1926. Since the Executive Committee had the authority to approve the expenditure of funds for the exposition, this series forms one of the most complete information sources in the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association record group. The resolutions are filed by date; the names of the contracting parties are, unfortunately, unindexed. Generally speaking, the resolutions contain the name of the person or company supplying the service or product, names of persons representing various contractors, the date and terms of payment, the name of the account that the payment was drawn from, and check numbers. The resolutions also provide a detailed picture of operating expenses such as payroll; from time to time, the resolutions include lists of names of persons employed by the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association, their job titles, and salaries or wages paid. The series contains original resolutions from March 22-May 24, 1926 (unnumbered) and originals (numbered 1-93, 275, and 900-1000) from May-June and August 1926; carbon copies of resolutions numbered 1-3358 (January 4-December 6, 1926); and duplicate carbon copies dated October 4-18, 1926. For additional unnumbered resolutions for the period September 1925-March 1927, see series (232-3-1.1), minutes of the Executive Committee.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, March 22, 1926.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, April 1-12, 1926.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, May 10-24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1-30, May 24-June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 31-59, May 24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 60-93 and no. 275, May 24, 1926; undated.

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Resolutions. unnumbered, June 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 900-914, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 915-950, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 951-974, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 975-1000, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. Unnumbered, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1-20, January 4-11, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 21-40, January 11-18, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 41-60, January 18-25, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 61-80, January 25-February 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 81-100, February 1-8, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 101-120, February 8-15, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 121-140, February 15-March 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 141-150, March 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 151-169, March 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 170-180, March 1-8, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 181-200, March 8-15, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 201-220, March 15-22, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 221-240, March 22, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 241-260, March 22-29, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 261-280, March 29-April 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 281-300, April 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 301-320, April 6-12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 321-340, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 341-360, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 361-380, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 381-400, April 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 401-420, April 12-19, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 421-440, April 19-26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 441-460, April 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 461-480, April 26-May 3, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 481-500, May 3, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 501-520, May 3-10, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 521-540, May 10, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 541-560, May 10, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 561-580, May 10, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 581-600, May 10-17, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 601-620, May 17, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 621-640, May 17, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 641-660, May 17-24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 661-680, May 24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 681-700, May 24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 701-720, May 24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 721-740, May 24, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 741-760, May 24-31, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 761-766, May 31, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 767-780, May 31-June 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 781-800, June 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 801-820, June 1-7, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 821-840, June 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 841-860, June 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 861-880, June 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 881-888, June 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 889, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 890-910, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 911-930, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 931-950, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 951-964, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 965-966, June 14, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 967-972, June 14-17, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 973, June 17, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 974-1010, June 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1011-1019, June 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1020-1024, June 21-28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1025, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1026, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1027, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1028-1060, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1061-1080, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1081-1100, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1101-1105, June 28, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1106-1120, June 28-July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1121-1140, July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1141-1160, July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1161-1172, July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1173-1177, July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1178-1183, July 9-12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1184-1185, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1186--1187, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1188, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1189, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1190, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1191, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1211-1220, July 12, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1221-1240, July 12-21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1241-1255, July 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1256-1258, July 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1259, July 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1260-1261, July 21, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1262-1279, July 21-26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1280-1300, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1301-1320, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1321-1340, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. nos. 1341-1353, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. no. 1354, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1355, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1356, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1357-1361, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1362-1365, July 26, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1366-1379, July 26-August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1380-1405, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1406-1430, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1431-1455, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1456-1480, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1481-1484, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1485-1500, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1501-1510, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1511, August 2, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1512-1513, August 2-9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1514-1517, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1518-1520, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1521-1540, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1541-1564, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1565-1585, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1586-1615, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1616, August 9, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1617-1621, August 16, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no.1622, August 23, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1710-1720, August 23, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1721-1729, August 23-30, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1730-1731, August 30, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1732-1750, August 30, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1751-1775, August 30, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1776-1785, August 30-September 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1786-1790, September 6-7, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1791-1812, September 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1813-1821, September 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1822-1824, September 7, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1825-1850, September 7-13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1851-1875, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1876-1900, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1901-1907, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1908-1910, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos.1911-1913, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1914, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1915, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 1916, September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1917-1940, September 13-20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1941-1960, September 13-20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1961-1985, September 20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 1986-2010, September 20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2011-2031, September 20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2032-2058, September 20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 2059, September 20, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2060-2085, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2086-2111, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 2112, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2113-2120, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 2121, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 2122, September 27, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2123-2124, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2125-2130, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2131-2159, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2160-2195, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2196-2220, October 4, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2221-2249, October 11, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2250-2266, October 11, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 2267, October 11, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2268-2270, October 11-18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2271-2299, October 18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2300-2325, October 18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2326-2341, October 18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2342-2345, October 18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2346-2347, October 18, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2348-2375, October 25, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2376-2380, October 25, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2381-2384, October 25, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2385-2404, October 25-November 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2405-2431, November 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2432-2437, November 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2438-2439, November 1, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2440-2467, February 15-July 6, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2468-2502, July 12-September 13, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2503-2507, November 8, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2508-2535, November 8, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2536-2561, November 8, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2562-2590, November 8, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2591-2615, November 8-15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2616-1640, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2641-2665, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2666-2695, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2696-2725, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2726-2750, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2751-2775, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2776-2800, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2801-2825, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2826-2850, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2851-2875, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2876-2900, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2901-2925, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2926-2950, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2951-2975, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 2976-3000, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3001-3025, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3026-3050, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3051-3075, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3076-3083, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3084-3105, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3106-3130, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3131-3155, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3156-3180, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3181-3205, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3206-3230, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3231-3255, November 15, 1926.

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Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3256-3265, November 15, 1926.

A-1464 50

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3266-3267, November 15-22, 1926.

A-1464 51

Resolutions. (carbon copies) no. 3268, November 22, 1926.

A-1464 52

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3286-3295, November 22, 1926.

A-1464 53

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3296-3320, November 22-29, 1926.

A-1464 54

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3321-3332, November 29, 1926.

A-1464 55

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3333-3334, November 29, 1926.

A-1464 56

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3335-3337, November -December 6, 1926.

A-1464 57

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3338-3352, December 6, 1926.

A-1464 58

Resolutions. (carbon copies) nos. 3353-3358, December 6, 1926.

A-1464 59

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) no. 2123, October 4, 1926.

A-1464 60

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) no. 2124, October 4, 1926.

A-1464 61

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) nos. 2127 and 2209, October 4, 1926; October 11, 1926.

A-1464 62

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) nos. 2267, October 11, 1926.

A-1464 63

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) nos. 2268, October 11, 1926.

A-1464 64

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) nos. 2287, 2342, and 2344, October 18, 1926.

A-1464 65

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) no. 2345, October 18, 1926.

A-1464 66

Resolutions. (duplicate carbon copies) no. 2346, October 18, 1926.

A-1464 67
232-3-1.7 Financial reports, 1921-1924. 4 legal size folders.
Scope and Contents note

Reports and memoranda concerning fundraising appeals, expenses, salaries, and wages paid.

Box Folder

Financial Reports, 1921-1922.

A-1478 18

Financial Reports, March-April 1923.

A-1478 19

Financial Reports, May-July 1923.

A-1478 20

Financial Reports, 1924.

A-1478 21

232-3-2. President of the Board of Directors.

232-3-2.1 Correspondence & Files, 1922, 1926. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Consists of a file of correspondence of Franklin D'Olier, August-November 1922, mostly made up of letters of congratulations upon D'Olier's appointment as president, and two printed reports issued by board president W. Freeland Kendrick, Mayor of Philadelphia, including the "Sesqui-Centennial Souvenir Edition" of Kendrick' annual mayoral message for 1925 and the message of October 1926 transmitting his 1927 budget request to City Council. See also: reports of the president in the board of directors bound in with the Association's board minutes, 1921-1925.

Box Folder

D'Olier, Franklin. Correspondence, August-November 1922.

A-1459 16

Annual Message of W. Freeland Kendrick, Mayor of Philadelphia; Reports of the Various Departments of the City of Philadelphia for the Year Ending December 31, 1925. Sesquicentennial Souvenir Edition Issued by the City of Philadelphia. (2 copies), December 31, 1925.

A-1459 17-18

Message of Mayor W. Freeland Kendrick Transmitting to City Council of Philadelphia, Budget Requests of City and County Departments for the Year 1927, October 14, 1926.

A-1459 19

232-3-3. Committee to Select a Director-General.

Scope and Contents note

This committee was appointed under resolution of the Board of Directors of the Association on April 18, 1922, directing the president of the association to appoint a committee of six to conduct the search for a director-general for the exposition. No appointment was made until February 1925 when the Association hired for David C. Collier for the position.

232-3-3.1. Correspondence & Files, May 1921-July 1922. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Approximately 200 letters of recommendation from throughout the country addressed to Mayor J. Hampton Moore, president of the Sesqui-Centennial Association from June 1921 to May 1922; John Frederick Lewis, interim president of the Association from May-June 1922; and Samuel Rea, chair of the selection committee, regarding the nomination of candidates for director-general.

Box Folder

May 1921-September 1922.

A-1459 20

March-July 1922.

A-1459 21

January 1921-July 1922.

A-1459 22

232-3-4. Committee of Fifty to Celebrate July 4, 1922.

232-3-4.1. Correspondence & Files (See 232-2.3 Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association correspondence files).

232-3-5. Committee on Athletics.

232-3-5.1. Correspondence & Files, May-November 1923, July-August 1926. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Includes general correspondence and accounts of the Amateur Athletic Union games, held on the Sesqui grounds in the summer of 1926.

Box Folder

May-November 1923.

A-1459 23

A. A. U. Championships, July-August, 1926.

A-1459 23.5

232-3-6. Committee on Education.

232-3-6.1. Minutes [see 232-3-6.2].

232-3-6.2. Correspondence & Files, September-December 1923, June 1924. 1 folder.
Box Folder

September-December 1923, June 1924.

A-1459 24

232-3-7. Electrical Committee.

232-3-7.1. Correspondence & Files, February 1921-September 1923. 1 folder.
Box Folder

February 1921-September 1923.

A-1459 25

232-3-8. Committee on Grounds and Buildings.

Box Folder
232-3-8.1. Correspondence & Files.
A-1478 22
Box Folder

October-November 1923.

A-1478 22

232-3-9. Industrial Committee.

232-3-9.1. Correspondence & Files. 1 folder.
Box Folder

June 1921-June 1922.

A-1459 26

232-3-10. Committee on Manufactures.

232-3-10.1. Correspondence & Files, circa May 1923. 1 item in legal-size folder.
Box Folder


A-1478 22

232-3-11. Committee on Health, Medicine, and Allied Sciences.

232-3-11.1. Minutes, December 1924-October 1925. 1 folder.
Box Folder

December 1924-October 1925.

A-1459 27
232-3-11.2. Correspondence & Files, April-December 1923. 3 folders + 1 legal size folder.
Box Folder

Invitations to Serve, April-December 1923.

A-1459 28

Acceptances, April-December 1923.

A-1459 29

Regrets, April-December 1923.

A-1459 30


A-1478 23
232-4-5.3. State Participation, 1922-1926. 1.5 cu. ft. (48 folders) + 9 legal size folders + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

These records concern efforts to promote state participation in the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition. The files are arranged alphabetically by name of state. Included are material on states (A-Oklahoma), a small file on Texas, a miscellaneous folder, and oversize items. Files for the remaining part of the alphabet are not extant.

Generally the folders contain copies of outgoing correspondence of Sesqui-Centennial officers and incoming letters from state representatives and officials including governors, secretaries of state, and members of the legislatures concerning the designation and commemoration of state days at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition and sponsorship of buildings or exhibits highlighting the history and progress of each state. Included are such things as responses to the Sesqui's request for lists of names and addresses of legislative candidates nominated at the state's most recent primary of different political parties (expenditures of state funds for Sesqui-Centennial displays required legislative approval); copies of legislation passed by state legislatures to authorize expenditures of funds for exhibits; and correspondence between Sesqui-Centennial Director-General D. C. Collier or Exhibits Director Axel Malm and members of state planning committees who developed the content of the exhibits. Also included are correspondence with county and municipal officials as well as representatives of major industries to whom exposition officials turned for funds in a number of states which failed to make legislative appropriations.

The material reflects the varied social and political make-up of the nation as a whole as well as that of the individual states. On the whole, states with the larger and more diverse economies took a more active part in Sesqui. The California folders are interesting in that they include correspondence with municipalities such as Los Angeles and San Diego as well as state officials. California joined with Washington and Oregon to create a regional West Coast building. As the Florida files show, Floridians planned to build a Florida Pavilion at the exposition but the financial arrangements fell through. The files also indicate the involvement of persons who served in the capacities of state historians or cultural directors. Even though few persons actually held these official titles, the state planning committees almost always included at least one member such as a state librarian or museum curator who represented knowledge of history about the state. The commentary on exhibits and state day programs also provide an index of awareness of different groups in American society. The Oklahoma display, for example, featured exhibits presented by the Indian Hunting Grounds Association (the "National Park for American Indians") and the Society of Oklahoma Indians and many of the state observances had a historical or ethnic component. Finally, the files contain brochures about group excursions by rail or automobile. These were scheduled to coincide with the various states' days in order to allow visitors from the home state to travel to Philadelphia for the Sesqui-Centennial observance of their state's day at bargain rates while also ensuring a turnout.

Box Folder

Alabama, undated.

A-1467 43

Arkansas, undated.

A-1467 44

Arizona, undated.

A-1467 45

California, undated.

A-1467 46-49

California-West Coast Building, undated.

A-1467 50

Canal Zone, undated.

A-1467 51

Colorado, undated.

A-1467 52

Connecticut, undated.

A-1467 53-54

Delaware, undated.

A-1467 55

District of Columbia, undated.

A-1468 1

Florida, undated.

A-1468 2-6

Georgia, undated.

A-1468 7-8

Hawaii, undated.

A-1468 9

Idaho, undated.

A-1468 10

Illinois, undated.

A-1468 11-13

Indiana, undated.

A-1468 14-17

Iowa, undated.

A-1468 18-20

Kansas, undated.

A-1468 21

Kentucky, undated.

A-1468 22

Louisiana, undated.

A-1468 23-25

Maine, undated.

A-1468 26

Maryland, undated.

A-1468 27

Massachusetts, undated.

A-1468 28-30

Michigan, undated.

A-1468 31

Minnesota, undated.

A-1468 32

New York, undated.

A-1468 33

North Carolina, undated.

A-1468 34-35

Oklahoma, undated.

A-1469 1-3

Texas, undated.

A-1469 4

State Participation--Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1469 5

State Participation- General, undated.

A-1478 44

Exhibits: Colorado, undated.

A-1478 45

Exhibits: Delaware, undated.

A-1478 46

Exhibits: Florida and Georgia, undated.

A-1478 47

Exhibits: Illinois, undated.

A-1478 48

Exhibits: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, undated.

A-1478 49

Exhibits: Michigan, undated.

A-1478 50

Exhibits: North Carolina, undated.

A-1478 51

Exhibits: Oklahoma, undated.

A-1478 52
Map-case Drawer

Posters and Broadsides: California. Lists of Legislative Offices, September 1922.

R 3 / Folder 9

Posters and Broadsides: Florida. Preliminary drawing for the Florida Building. Pencil on tissue, undated.

R 3 / Folder 9

Posters and Broadsides: Maryland. One-Day Excursion, Maryland Day. Poster, 1926.

R 3 / Folder 9

Posters and Broadsides: Maryland. Evening Sun [Baltimore] Newsboys' Band. Seating arrangement chart, 1920s.

R 3 / Folder 9

232-3-12. Committee on Municipalities.

232-3-12.1. Correspondence & Files. 1 folder.
Box Folder

August 1923.

A-1459 31

232-3-13. Committee on Music.

232-3-13.1. Correspondence & Files, 1921-1923. 1 folder + legal size items.
Scope and Contents note

Includes letters from individual musicians, musical societies, and sponsors suggesting prospective programs for the exposition and nominees for an official Philadelphia slogan song. The records contain sheet music and poems about Philadelphia which could be set to music.

Box Folder


A-1459 32


A-1478 22

232-3-14. Committee on Negro Activities.

Scope and Contents note

According to one source, this body originated on March 23, 1925, when "A committee of leading Philadelphia negroes appointed to cooperate with the Sesqui-Centennial exposition, as the result of a meeting in East Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church, proposes the erection of a building to display the progress of negroes in sciences and industries." (In "Summary of the Progress of the Sesqui-Centennial by Dates: Reports of Sesqui-Centennial Activities" (232-4-7.2, Box 22). The Committee had its own executive committee of 25 which was in charge of participation of African-Americans throughout the U.S.

232-3-14.1. Minutes, March-June 1926. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents note

Includes minutes and memoranda of the general committee in charge of Negro Activities of the Sesqui-Centennial Association directed by Hon. J. C. Asbury. Also included are miscellaneous copies of news releases and clippings, some of which pertain to the pageant, "Loyalty's Gift," along with correspondence and lists of names of committee participants.

Box Folder

June-March 1926.

A-1459 33
232-3-14.2. Correspondence & Files, March-May 1926. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Folder 1 includes lists of subcommittees of the Committee on Negro Activities. Among these were Art Exhibits, Athletic, Comfort and Protection, Education, Fraternal, Industrial Exhibits, Medical, Military Demonstration, Music, Publicity, Reception of Distinguished Guests, Religious Exhibits and Activities, and Women's Committee. Folder 2 contains memoranda, notes, and correspondence of the Women's Board of Negro Activities including lists of officers (Mrs. S. W. Layten of Philadelphia chaired the executive committee), committees, subcommittees, members' names and addresses, as well as information about some of the committees' activities such as minutes of the Beauty Culture Committee, May 6, 1926. Folder 3 contains a typed chronological list prepared by an unidentified author outlining African-American contributions to American life in such areas as the Church among Negroes, Negro Insurance Companies, Number of Negroes Engaged in Business, Negroes at West Point, Actors, Painters, Poets, Sculptors, and Sports.

Box Folder

List of committees, circa March 1926.

A-1459 34

Women's Committee, March-May 1926.

A-1459 35

Negroes in American History list, circa 1926.

A-1459 36

232-3-15. Committee on Publicity.

232-3-15.1. Correspondence & Files, 1921-1923. 1 folder + legal size items.
Box Folder


A-1459 37


A-1478 22

232-3-16. Committee on Religion.

232-3-16.1. Correspondence & Files, July-October 1923. 1 folder + 1 legal size folder + 1 map case file.
Box Folder

July-October 1923.

A-1459 38

July-October 1923.

A-1478 24
Map-case Drawer

Planning diagram, circa 1923.

R 1 / Folder 2

232-3-17. Committee on Shipping.

232-3-17.1. Correspondence & Files, July 1921-July 1923. 1 folder + 1 map case file.
Box Folder

July 1921-July 1923.

A-1459 39
Map-case Drawer

Planning diagram, circa 1923.

R 1 / Folder 2

232-3-18. Committee on Theatricals and Amusements.

232-3-18.1. Correspondence & Files, circa 1923. 1 folder; 1 map case file.
Box Folder

circa 1923.

A-1459 40
Map-case Drawer

Planning diagram, circa 1923.

R 1 / Folder 2

232-3-19. Women's Committee.

Related Archival Materials note

This Committee merged into the Women's Department. For all records, see Record Group 232-4-6.

232-3-20. Committee on Continuance of Exhibition in 1927.

232-3-20.1. Report, November 1926. 1 folder.
Box Folder

Report of Committee on Continuance of Exposition in 1927. Delivered November 19,1926, 1926.

A-1459 41

232-4. Administrative.

Scope and Contents note

Building on the preliminary work of the board and its special committees, the directors hired paid administrators and specialists to implement plans for the exposition. The first of these was Colonel John Price Jackson who served as executive director of the Association from February to November 1923. Jackson was instrumental in creating various board committees to work with members of the community to plan and organize activities focusing on selected thematic areas. He also mobilized the fundraising efforts of the executive committee which occupied the greater share of his time. No one succeeded Jackson as executive director. Following Colonel Collier's appointment as director general in February 1925, Collier worked with Mayor Kendrick to select an administrative staff for the exposition. An organizational chart dated March 23, 1926, shows a staff headed by the Association president (Kendrick). The director-general occupied the next rung down. Reporting to the director-general were 12 department heads. Within the departments were various divisions made up of professional, administrative, clerical, and operations staff. The twelve departments were as follows: Admissions and Concessions, Aviation, Domestic Participation and Special Events, Exhibits, Finance and Accounting, Foreign Participation, Military, Pageantry, Publicity, Transportation, Women's Department, and Works. Some of these units were outgrowths of pre-existing board committees such as the Women's Committee, but they also included staff people who had had limited prior contact with the Sesqui-Centennial movement. Finally, the administrative staff included personnel from city agencies who were drafted into the department of works in order to complete the many construction projects on time. See brief historical sketches of the departments and divisions below.

232-4-1. Executive Director.

Scope and Contents note

Colonel John Price Jackson was president of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia which prepared the site study for the Sesqui-Centennial Association board.

232-4-1.1. Correspondence & Files, March-December 1923. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents note

These files document Col. Jackson's work as a fundraiser and publicist for the exposition. Two folders of correspondence between Jackson and members of the business community reveal Jackson's interest in the industrial division of the exposition which would emphasize developments in manufacturing, commerce, and management. The files contain several exchanges between Jackson and L. P. Alford, editor of the journal, Management and Administration, regarding Jackson's article, "The Next Half-Century of Industry: A Forecast Through the Sesqui-Centennial," which appeared in the journal in 1923. A page proof of the article is filed in with the correspondence. The third folder contains an engagement calendar in which Jackson recorded his activities from March 6 through November 27, 1923. Notations refer to meetings of the Executive Committee and other committees of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association board, subscription drives, luncheon and dinner meetings, speaking engagements, and travel to Harrisburg and New York on behalf of the exposition.

Box Folder

Jackson, Col. John Price, March-December 1923.

A-1459 42

Jackson, Col. John Price, correspondence with L. P. Alford, March-December 1923.

A-1459 43

Jackson, Col. John Price, engagement calendar, March 6-November 27, 1923.

A-1459 44

232-4-2. Director-General.

Scope and Contents note

Colonel David Charles Collier was named Director-General of the Sesqui-Centennial exposition in February 1925. A resident of San Diego, Col. Collier had been Director-General and president of the exposition company of the Panama-California Exposition which had been held in that city in 1914. 1 In his contract, Collier agreed to serve until November 30, 1926, at a salary of $25,000. However, when other officials decided to simplify the architectural plan and reduce the number of buildings in order to open the exposition on schedule, Collier resigned on October 29, 1925. Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association officials appointed Captain Asher Carter Baker to fill the post. As director of foreign exhibits, Baker had been traveled extensively throughout Europe to promote interest in the Sesqui. On a subsequent trip abroad as director-general, he became ill and was forced to resign on the eve of the exposition's opening in May 1926. He was succeeded by E. L. Austin who had been serving as acting chief while Baker was in Europe. On June 21, 1926, the board officially designated Austin as Director-in-Chief. Austin continued to direct the affairs of the exposition after it closed. Austin subsequently became a receiver for the Association and went on to co-author the official history of the Sesqui-Centennial.

1A brief biography of Collier is found in (232-4-7.2), "Summary of the Progress of the Sesqui-Centennial by Dates: Reports of Sesqui-Centennial Activities" (Box 22).

232-4-2.1. Correspondence & Files, August 29, 1925. 1 item.
Scope and Contents note

Incoming letters addressed to D. C. Collier and carbon copies of his outgoing correspondence through November 1925 are filed in with the general records of the administrative staff (series 232-4-3) and those of the departments and divisions. Collier was particularly interested in exposition planning and promotion--generally speaking, its external affairs. Much of Collier's correspondence on internal administrative matters was handled by A. L. Sutton, Assistant Director General of the exposition and director of the Division of Domestic Participation and Special Events. In this memorandum of August 29, 1925, Collier notified department heads that "Mr. Sutton as Assistant to the Director General will act as liaison officer between the Executive Department and the other departments." Similarly, there is no discrete group of Baker's papers as Director-General other than those found in (232-4-3) and divisional and departmental records. Materials pertaining to Austin's term as director-in-chief are found in (232-4-7), records of the Department of Finance and Accounting.

Box Folder

August 29, 1925.

A-1465 1

232-4-3. Administrative staff.

232-4-3.1. Minutes of meetings of department heads, November 1925-August 1926 (incomplete). 4 folders + 1 map case file + 1 blueprint file.
Scope and Contents note

Includes an organizational chart, labeled "Operating Organization Chart," dated "3-23-26" and initialed "J. W. N.," blueprint filed in map case.

Box Folder

November 1925.

A-1465 2

November 20, 1925-February 10, 1926.

A-1465 3

July 12-August 30, 1926.

A-1465 4

Administrative staff and board lists, June 1926.

A-1465 5
Map-case Folder

Operating Organizational Chart of Sesqui-Centennial administrative staff, initialed "J. W. N., 3-23-26", [1926].

B 12 / Item 3
232-4-3.2. Plans for buildings and grounds, circa 1922-1926. 3 folders + 1 legal size folder + 1 oversize folder + 2 map case files + 1 blueprint file.
Scope and Contents note

Includes January 1922 report on sites published by the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia; printed copies of a map prepared by Sesqui-Centennial officer E. H. Hicks in the early 1920s showing "Philadelphia--1926: Population Distribution Radiating from Exposition Cities"; tentative plans for the League Island site dated February 1925; and plans for buildings and grounds at the League Island location approved by D. C. Collier, Director General, up through October 1925, by A. C. Baker, Director in Chief after that date, George A. Biles, Director of Public Works, and John Molitor, City Architect. Also of interest is a general plan for the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition prepared by Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects, Brookline, Mass., August 1925, signed by R. J. Pearse, Exposition Designer, Biles, and Molitor.

Box Folder

Report of the Sesqui-Centennial Committee of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia on Sites (Philadelphia: January 25, 1922), January 25, 1922.

A-1465 6

Printed plan of buildings of grounds, undated.

A-1465 7

"Philadelphia--1926: Population Distribution Radiating from Exposition Cities," printed map, undated.

A-1465 8

Plans for Buildings and Grounds, undated.

A-1478 25

General Plans, 1925-1926.

Oversize Box 1 7
Map-case Drawer

Site plans: Original clippings from Evening Public Ledger, "City's Claim Unexcelled for Sesquicentennial: Colonel Hicks Prepares Chart to Show Philadelphia Center of Most Wonderful Area in the World...;" the  Philadelphia Inquirer showing proposed exposition grounds; and  Evening Bulletin, November 15, 1920; May 17, 1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: "Philadelphia as a Purchaser the Subject of U.S. Survey", August 25, 1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Tentative Plan for Sesqui-Centennial Exposition at League Island Park Drawn for D. C. Collier, Director General, February 10, 1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Tentative Plan for Sesqui-Centennial Exposition at League Island Park Drawn for D. C. Collier, Director General. (Smaller version of above), February 10, 1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, Pa. General Plan, Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects, Brookline, Mass. Annotation: "This plan has been prepared in consultation with the following: John Molitor, City Architect; R. J. Pearse, Exposition Designer; George H. Biles, Director of Public Works", August 1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1776-1926. General plan of grounds at League Island W. Freeland Kendrick, Mayor; David C. Collier, Director General; Ernest T. Trigg, Chairman, Executive Committee; John Molitor, City Architect, circa 1924-1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui Centennial, General plan of grounds (same as above), with parking, railroad yards, race track, and other features penciled in, circa 1924-1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui Centennial International Exposition 1776-1926. Bird's-Eye view of general plan of grounds listed above, circa 1924-1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui Centennial International Exposition 1776-1926. Bird's-Eye view of general plan of grounds listed above, with handwritten street names and building numbers and typed key pasted onto the plan, circa 1924-1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Site plans: Sesqui Centennial International Exposition 1776-1926. Bird's-Eye view of general plan of grounds listed above, but in smaller, printed format, with key printed in upper right corner. Courtesy Real Estate Magazine, Philadelphia. 7 half-tones, circa 1924-1925.

R 2 / Folder 5

Floor plans: Maps of exposition space, Buildings 1 and 2 (3 plans), undated.

R 2 / Folder 6

Floor plans: Floor plans of Exposition Palaces 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, by Office of City Architect, John Molitor, Consulting Architect, Sesqui-Centennial. 6 copies, 1925-1926.

R 2 / Folder 6

Floor plans: Machinery, Mines & Metallurgy, Transportation, and Engineering. John Molitor, Supervising Architect. 2 copies. One with "Building No. 5" and other handwritten annotations, 1925-1926.

R 2 / Folder 6

Floor plans: Palace of Liberal Arts & Manufactures, Exposition Building No. 1. John Molitor, Supervising Architect. With handwritten labeling and coloring, 1925-1926.

R 2 / Folder 6

Floor plans: Palace of Agriculture, Food, and Dairy Products, Exposition Building No. 2. John Molitor, Supervising Architect, 1925-1926.

R 2 / Folder 6

Blueprints: Location of Areas to Be Used for the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, circa November 1925-1926.

U-1 12 / Item 3

Blueprints: "Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition... General Plan." Mayor W. Freeland, Kendrick, President, Captain Asher C. Baker, Director in Chief, R. J. Pearse, Director of Works; Consultants, George A. Biles, Director of Public Works, & John Molitor, City Architect, circa November 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 4

Blueprints: Sesqui-Centennial, General Plan, showing pumping station. Mayor W. Freeland, Kendrick, President, Captain Asher C. Baker, Director in Chief, R. J. Pearse, Director of Works; Consultants, George A. Biles, Director of Public Works, & John Molitor, City Architect, circa November 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 5

Blueprints: Detail of Group L, Exposition Building No. 3, Manufactures and Industries, Road Building Equipment. Mayor W. Freeland Kendrick, President; Ernest T. Trigg, Chair, Executive Committee, D. C. Collier, Director General; A. C. Baker, Director of Exhibits; John Molitor, City Architect (2 copies), October 21, 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 6

Blueprints: Exposition Building No. 2, Agriculture and Food Products. Mayor W. Freeland Kendrick, President; Ernest T. Trigg, Chair; D. C. Collier, Director; A. C. Baker, Director of Exhibits; L. R. Meisenhelter, Chief of Exhibits; and John Molitor, City Architect, undated.

U-1 12 / Item 7

Blueprints: Exposition Building No. 1, Palace of Liberal Arts and Manufactures, March 13, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 8

Blueprints: Exposition Building No. 2, Food, Agriculture, and Varied Industries Palace, March 18, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 9

Blueprints: Exposition Building No. 5, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation, and Engineering, March 1926?.

U-1 12 / Item 10

Blueprints: Profile of Land from Center Line of Channel to Center Line of Broad Street, on Axis of Proposed Exhibit Site. John M. Huston--Stanford B. Lewis, Architects & Engineers, Philadelphia, Pa, undated.

U-1 12 / Item 11

Blueprints: Plot Plan, (2 copies), August 4, 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 12

Blueprints: Plot Plan, December 3, 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 13

Blueprints: General Plan, 1925-1926?.

U-1 12 / Item 14

Blueprints: Palace of Liberal Arts, Exposition Building #1. C.F.B.: J.M, April 8, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 15

Blueprints: Palace of Liberal Arts, Exposition Building #1. C.F.B.: J.M, April 15, 1926.

U-1 12 / Folder 16

Blueprints: Food, Agriculture, and Varied Industries Palace, Exposition Building #2. C.F.B.: J.M, April 15, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 17

Blueprints: Food, Agriculture, and Varied Industries Palace, Exposition Building #2. C.F.B.: J.M, April 22, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 18

Blueprints: Machinery, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation, and Engineering Building, Exposition Building #5, April 8, 1926.

U-1 12 /Item 19

Blueprints: Machinery, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation, and Engineering Building, Exposition Building #5, April 15, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 20

Blueprints: Design for Tubular Steel Flag Poles. John L. Lingo, Camden, NJ. 3 plans, undated.

U-1 12 / Items 21-23

Blueprints: Plan of the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition Showing Patrol Boxes, Fire Boxes and Electrical Bureau Manholes and Conduit, Carl I. Martin [pen on linen], September 11, 1926.

U-1 12 / Item 23.5
232-4-3.3. Correspondence & Files, 1924-1926. 1 cu. ft. (98 folders) + 11 legal size folders + 4 map case files.
Scope and Contents note

Includes general administrative staff files and correspondence. Folders labeled with the prefixes (B/1.3.1) and (B/1.3.1A) from the original Sesqui-Centennial association's filing system concern the selection of the Sesqui-Centennial exposition site and preliminary plans for the exposition. The folder, “Site and Plans, Miscellaneous, April-May 1925,” contains correspondence from William D. Disston, president of the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, expressing his opposition to the choice of South Philadelphia (Disston favored investment in sewers and transportation for the Northeast which would soon repay the city in tax revenue), and board reports concerning the League Island site.

Also included are files of information collected by the exposition planners such as Lists of Names of Prominent Philadelphians, Philadelphia "Firsts," Advertisers, Organizations, and Mailing Lists, decorations, press releases, construction of buildings including the Stadium, entrance passes, and the Sesqui-Centennial seal; correspondence of various Sesqui-centennial officers including the Council of Governors, Mayor W. Freeland Kendrick, administrative staff, and committee chairs. The Kendrick files consist mainly of carbon copies of letters sent to the mayor by members of the administrative staff, October 1924-February 1926

The folders with the prefix (B/1.9- ) consist mainly of correspondence and memoranda between 18 officers of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association and heads of administrative units of the exposition. Correspondents include Director of Admissions and Concessions, William E. Cash; fundraising campaign director and realtor Albert Greenfield; publicity director Odell Hauser; Military Department head Major E. H. Hicks; Independence Hall curator and Kendrick aide Wilfred Jordan; mayoral assistant Frank Short; executive committee chair E. J. Lafferty; Sports Committee chair, Dr. George W. Orton; the U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Hon. George Wharton Pepper; Director of Domestic Participation and Special Events and Assistant Director General, A. L. Sutton; and Division of Education and Social Economy chief Joseph R. Wilson.

Of special interest are the files of individuals who handled publicity work for the directors including Dr. Clarence J. Owens, Special Commissioner for New York City (4 folders); C. C. Nye, Special Commissioner for Midwest States (2 folders); Howard R. Rice, Special Commissioner for Washington State (1 folder); and A. N. Eshman, Southern Publicity Representative (7 folders). The Eshman material is especially useful in illustrating various tactics which were used in distributing information about the Sesqui-Centennial exposition to small, isolated rural communities in order to promote it as a genuinely national exposition.

Additionally there are 4 folders of correspondence with Norman Jefferies, agent for the Sesqui-Centennial exposition's promotional film, Lest We Forget. Jefferies contracted to prepare, manufacture, and complete a one-reel film focusing on events of the American Revolution for national promotion and distribution through Educational Film Exchanges, Inc., of New York. The correspondence begins with Jefferies' proposal to the Philadelphia mayor's office in June 1924 and documents the development of the script, film, movie house bookings, and reviews through 1926. A copy of the script is contained in the files.

Maps and other oversize planning documents have been removed to legal-size files and map case drawers. An inventory of the plans is found in the container list for this record group. Among them are area maps of Philadelphia from c. 1915 through the mid-1920s. Included is a general plan of the plaza, South Street Boulevard, and League Island Park prepared by Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects, Brookline, Mass., July 1915.

Box Folder

February 1925-July 1926.

A-1465 9

April-May 1925.

A-1465 10

circa May 1925.

A-1465 11

Tentative program, September 4, 1924.

A-1465 12

Sesqui seal, April 1926.

A-1465 13

Mayor's Plan, 1924.

A-1465 14

Mayor's Plan, 1925.

A-1465 15-16

Sites--Selected (Maps), undated.

A-1465 17

Land Condemnation, June 1925-October 1926.

A-1465 18

Copyrights, 1926.

A-1465 19

Building--Plans--Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1465 20

Passes--Employees, undated.

A-1465 21

Passes--Exhibitors, undated.

A-1465 22

Passes--Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1465 23

Lists of names of prominent Philadelphians, undated.

A-1465 24

Printed matter, undated.

A-1465 25

Philadelphia: The Sesqui-Centennial of 1926 (pamphlet), undated.

A-1465 26

Philadelphia "Firsts", undated.

A-1465 27

Lists of advertisers in Public Ledger &  Evening Bulletin, undated.

A-1465 28

Lists of advertisers in Saturday Evening Post, undated.

A-1465 29

List of advertisers in Ladies' Home Journal, undated.

A-1465 30

List of advertisers--Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1465 31

Lists of organizations--Philadelphia, undated.

A-1465 32-33

Lists of organizations which have endorsed Sesqui-centennial, undated.

A-1465 34

Lists--General, undated.

A-1465 35

Decorations--Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1465 36

Lists--Mailing, undated.

A-1465 37-38

Construction--Buildings--D'Ascenzo Studios, undated.

A-1465 39

Construction--Buildings--Ellerbeck, William, undated.

A-1465 40

Council of Governors, undated.

A-1465 41-43

Building--Stadium, 1924-1926.

A-1465 44

Building--Stadium--Photos, circa 1924-1925.

A-1465 45

Building--Stadium--Translux Screen Co, undated.

A-1465 46

Independence Hall, undated.

A-1465 47

Marines--Liberty Bell Guards, 1925-1926.

A-1465 48

Press Releases, undated.

A-1465 49

Building--Auditorium--Turner Construction Co, 1926.

A-1465 50

Kendrick, W. Freeland, August 1925-February 1926.

A-1465 51

Kendrick, W. Freeland, August-September 1925.

A-1465 52

Kendrick, W. Freeland, October 1924-July 1925.

A-1465 53

Jordan, Wilfred, 1925.

A-1465 54

Kendrick, W. Freeland (Conferences), November 1925.

A-1465 55

Short, Frank W, 1925-1926.

A-1465 56

Swaab, S. M., Consulting Engineer, 1926.

A-1465 57

Lafferty, E. J., Chair, Executive Committee, 1926.

A-1465 58

Parker, A. McC., Publicity, 1926.

A-1465 59

Foley, E. A., Publicity, July-September 1926.

A-1465 60

O'Brien, Edmond F., Specialty Correspondent, 1926.

A-1465 61

Smead, Earl C. (file empty), undated.

A-1465 62

Cash, W. E., Concessions, 1925-1926.

A-1465 63

Wilson, Joseph R., Education & Social Economy, 1925.

A-1465 64

Taylor, Hollinshead N., Aviation Committee, 1925-1926.

A-1465 65

Greenfield, Albert M., Chair, Sesqui Campaign, 1925-1926.

A-1465 66

Orton, Dr. George W., Director of Sports, 1925-1926.

A-1465 67-68

Sutton, A. L., Domestic Participation & Special Events and Assistant Director General, 1925-1926.

A-1465 69

Pepper, Hon George Wharton, 1925.

A-1465 70

Meyer, E. Christopher, Palace of Fashion, 1925-1926.

A-1465 72

Crozier, William S., Pittsburgh Subcommittee, 1925-1926.

A-1465 73

Nye, C. C., Special Commissioner, Midwest States, 1925-1926.

A-1466 1-2

Owens, Clarence, Special Commissioner, New York City, undated.

A-1466 3-6

Rice, Howard W., Special Commissioner, Washington State, undated.

A-1466 7

Pierce, Edith W., Publicity, undated.

A-1466 8

Phillips, Morris T., Director of Agriculture, undated.

A-1466 9

Tefft, Charles, Sculpture, undated.

A-1466 10

King, Craig, Executive Secretary, Music Committee, undated.

A-1466 11

Wills, Frances B, undated.

A-1466 12

Norton, L. M. (Miss), Publicity Staff employee, 1925-1926.

A-1466 13

Massey, Edward M, 1926.

A-1466 14

Wissman, Richard, Exhibit Department Sales Division, 1926.

A-1466 15

Marsh, Charles M., Special Events, 1925-1926.

A-1466 16

Curtis, E. H, 1926.

A-1466 17

Abbott, Edwin M., Esq., contract agreements, 1926.

A-1466 18

Jeffries, Norman, agent, "Lest We Forget" film, 1925-1926.

A-1466 19-22

Franciscus, Captain. Flag Day Exercises, 1926.

A-1466 23

Calloway, T. J., Negro Exhibits, 1926.

A-1466 24

Mends, A. E. W, 1926.

A-1466 25

232-4-3.3.  MacReynolds, Nelson, sales, 1926.

A-1466 26

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative, September-October 1926.

A-1466 27

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative, June-August 1926.

A-1466 28

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative, May-June 1926.

A-1466 29

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative. Reference letters, March-May 1926.

A-1466 30

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative. Scrapbook of Newsclips, #1, August 1926.

A-1466 31

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative. Scrapbook of Newsclips, #2, July-August 1926.

A-1466 32

Eshman, A. N., Southern Publicity Representative. Correspondence Removed from Newsclip Scrapbooks, July-September 1926.

A-1466 33

Tabloid Plan, March 1925.

A-1478 26

Mayor’s Plan, 1925.

A-1478 27

Philadelphia data: city history, undated.

A-1478 28

Philadelphia data: Colonel George W.B. Hicks- Articles, undated.

A-1478 29

Philadelphia data: city budget, 1924.

A-1478 30

Building- Stadium, undated.

A-1478 31

Maps- Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1478 32

Construction: Municipal Stadium Stage & Dressing Room, undated.

A-1478 33

Construction: Steel Buildings, undated.

A-1478 34

Eshman, A.N. (Southern Publicity Representative) News Releases, undated.

A-1478 35

Jefferies, Norman (Agent for “Lest We Forget” film)-Contract, undated.

A-1478 36
Map-case Drawer

Map of Historic Sites in Philadelphia, undated.

R 1 / Folder 1

List of Subscribers to the Philadelphia Realty Directory, circa 1923-1924.

R 1 / Folder 2

Maps of Philadelphia and League Island, circa 1915-1920s.

R 1 / Folder 3

Sesqui-Centennial, South Philadelphia, February, 1925.

R 1 / Folder 3

Sesqui-Centennial, South Philadelphia. Same map as above, but showing proposed Kendrick Boulevard, February , 1925.

R 1 / Folder 3

Philadelphia, Camden, and Vicinity, 1921.

R 1 / Folder 3

Railroad Lines, City of Philadelphia, P.R.R., P.T. Division, 1920s.

R 1 / Folder 3

General Plan of The Plaza, South Broad Street Boulevard and League Island Park, Looking South from Oregon Avenue and Broad Street to the League Island Navy Yard. City of Philadelphia, undated.

R 1 / Folder 3

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Highways-Bureau of Surveys. Olmsted Brothers-- Landscape Architects, Brookline, Mass, July 1915.

R 1 / Folder 3

Section map of South Philadelphia, League Island Park and Plaza areas highlighted, undated.

R 1 / Folder 3

Built-Up Section Map, City of Philadelphia. Printed P.R.T. map, January 1, 1923.

R 1 / Folder 3

Maps: Philadelphia 1926--Population Distribution of Surrounding Region, undated.

R 1 / Folder 4

Maps: United States Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., Map of the Yard Showing Improvements to. Photostatic copy, June 20, 1920.

R 1 / Folder 4

Maps: City of San Diego, Its Splendid Harbor and Immediate Back Country, 1915.

R 1 / Folder 4

Maps: Panama Canal Map of the Canal Zone, August 1, 1920.

R 1 / Folder 4 4

Maps: Map of the Dominion of Canada indicating Natural Resources, Transportation, and Trade Routes. [Canada]. Department of the Interior, 1920.

R 1 / Folder 4

232-4-4. Department of Admissions and Concessions.

232-4-4.1. Correspondence & Files, 1925-1926. 1 cu. ft. (53 folders) + 5 legal size folders + 2 map case files.
Scope and Contents note

These files consist of incoming letters to the first concessions and admissions director William Abrahams, his successor, W. E. Cash, and assistant director, C. D. Bond, and copies of their outgoing responses to several hundred respondents who inquired about arrangements for exhibiting or selling products or providing services at the Sesqui.

The material in the folders marked "Miscellaneous" (C/2.9.0-A-N) concerns the terms at which exhibit space was made available. Usually vendors, manufacturing companies, distributors, and suppliers of goods and services could contract space at a charge of $5 per square foot plus an additional charge of 15-20 percent of gross receipts if the exhibitor requested a selling privilege. The incoming letters were often written on letterhead stationery illustrating the company's firm or product and are sometimes accompanied by brochures about the products. Typical of the products mentioned are antiques, art goods, furniture, decorative wares, clothing, cleaning supplies, small appliances, novelties, cosmetics, tourist attractions, Florida real estate, food, and soft drinks. Items of note represented in the miscellaneous files (parts 1-7) include the De Silvis & Cusani, Philadelphia, hair dressing parlor display of beauty culture; Reuben H. Donnelley Corp., advertising distributors; Oliver Ditson Company, music publishers; Gospel Guards (charity); E. V. Stokes regarding sales of the "Rollemout Improved Rotary Cookie Cutter"; and the Yamagata Residential Hotel, Tokyo, provider of ricksha service.

Popular entertainments proposed in the "Amusements--Miscellaneous" (C/2.9.1) folders include music, circus arts, a planetarium, Italian organ grinder, aerial acts, baseball-related games, and riding devices. The correspondence in these folders is arranged alphabetically by last name. Circulars advertising the amusements are occasionally included. Of special interest is the file on Indian shows which includes correspondence with Fred Cummins of Los Angeles, California, proprietor of Cummins' Famous Indian Congress and Wild West show, and other persons proposing Native American booths and presentations at Sesqui.

Box Folder

Miscellaneous A-B, 1925-1926.

A-1466 34

Miscellaneous C-D, 1925-1926.

A-1466 35

Miscellaneous E-G, 1925-1926.

A-1466 36

Miscellaneous H-L, 1925-1926.

A-1466 37

Miscellaneous Mc-O, 1925-1926.

A-1466 38

Miscellaneous, P-Sm, 1925-1926.

A-1466 39

Miscellaneous, Sn-Z, 1925-1926.

A-1466 40

Art, undated.

A-1466 41

Shoe shining, undated.

A-1466 42

Programs--Official, undated.

A-1466 43

Program advertisements, undated.

A-1466 44

Chairs, undated.

A-1466 45

Lists requested, undated.

A-1466 46

Bonds, undated.

A-1466 47

Vendors--General, undated.

A-1466 48

Newspaper campaign, undated.

A-1466 49

Sesqui Concessionaires Association, undated.

A-1466 50

Sunday receipts, undated.

A-1466 51

“Country Wonderful", undated.

A-1466 52

Hyde, E. Belcher, Inc., Maps, undated.

A-1466 53

Kendrick, Murdock, Esq., Attorney for Sesqui, undated.

A-1466 54

Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, undated.

A-1466 55

Taylor, M. W., Director of Concessions, September-October 1925.

A-1466 56

Sesqui Novelty Company, undated.

A-1466 57

Amusements--Miscellaneous, A-Z, undated.

A-1466 58-60

Amusements--Wild West Shows, undated.

A-1466 61

Indian [Native American] Shows, undated.

A-1466 62

Riding devices, A-S, undated.

A-1466 63

Riding devices, T-Z, undated.

A-1466 64

Music, undated.

A-1467 1

Amusements--Scenic, undated.

A-1467 2

Amusements--Pony Track, etc, undated.

A-1467 3

Amusements--Coin-Controlled Machines, undated.

A-1467 4

Contests, undated.

A-1467 5

Roumania, undated.

A-1467 6

England, undated.

A-1467 7

England--Treasure Island, undated.

A-1467 8

India, undated.

A-1467 9

Turkey, undated.

A-1467 10

Egypt, undated.

A-1467 11

Spain, undated.

A-1467 12

Africa, undated.

A-1467 13

Arab, undated.

A-1467 14

Switzerland, undated.

A-1467 15

Italy, undated.

A-1467 16

Austria, undated.

A-1467 17

New Zealand, undated.

A-1467 18

Chinese, undated.

A-1467 19

Souvenirs A-C, undated.

A-1467 20

Souvenirs D-Z, undated.

A-1467 21

Lavatories, undated.

A-1467 22

Amusements: Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1478 37

Concessions: Amusements- Cummins’ Famous Indian Congress, undated.

A-1478 38

Concessions: Aeroplane and Balloon, undated.

A-1478 39

Concessions: Souvenirs- Davison and Black, undated.

A-1478 40

Concessions: Lavatories, undated.

A-1478 41
Map-case Drawer

Advertizing broadside: Riding devices--Whiz Bicycle Ride Manufactured Here. Great Western Manufacturing Co. Reprint from La Porte Herald-Argus, April 30, 1926.

R 2 / Folder 7

Advertising Broadsides: "Everybody Knows Sam Lingerman [Ventriloquist], One of Philadelphia's Landmarks," with handwritten notes. 3 pages, January, August 1926.

R 2 / Folder 7

Advertising Broadsides: Mammoth Spiral Tower Act. Lionel Legare, Bethlehem, Pa, undated.

R 2 / Folder 7

Advertising Broadsides: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. British Empire Exhibition 1925. With quotes from reviews in various British newspapers praising "a new and fascinating submarine exhibit." Pibel & Mudditt, Ltd. (Printers), London, 1925.

R 2 / Folder 7

Advertising Broadsides: Frank C. Gadsby, Daredevil one-legged swimmer and diver of the world. 3 newspaper articles, 1925-1926.

R 2 / Folder 7

Plans: Plan of Gladway. J. Warren Myers, Assistant Director of Concessions, Architect. Pencil on tissue, undated.

R 2 / Folder 8

Plans: Plan showing arrangement of lagoons and concession area. 2 copies, undated.

R 2 / Folder 8

Plans: Tower of Light and adjacent gardens. Ink on linen. Courtesy of Admissions and Concessions Dept, undated.

R 2 / Folder 8

232-4-5. Department of Domestic Participation & Special Events.

Scope and Contents note

This department, directed by A. L. Sutton, coordinated much of the programming at the exposition. The department included the following divisions: Federal Participation; State Participation; Municipal Participation; Civic Participation; Congresses and Conventions, headed by J. H. Flett, chief; Fraternal; Housing Division; Special Events; Special Days, headed by J. H. Flett and his assistant J. H. Sayres; Music Division; Athletic Division; Military (except regular); Religious (merged with Education & Social Economy in the Exhibits Department); and Negro Activities headed by Hon. J. C. Asbury.

232-4-5.1. Correspondence & Files.
Scope and Contents note

Please review files of the various divisions of this department including Federal Participation, State Participation, Congresses and Conventions, Special Events, Special Days, and Music (232-4-5.2 through 232-4-5.7) described below.

232-4-5.2. Federal Participation, June 1924-September 1926. 0.5 cu. ft. (20 folders) + 2 legal size folders + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

General Correspondence, June 1924-August 1926 (Folder D/3.1), pertains to federal participation in the Sesqui. For the most part the file is made up of carbon copies of Col. Collier's outgoing letters as Director in Chief. Included are copies of Collier’s March 7, 1925, letter to Hon. John W. Weeks, Secretary of War, regarding the appointment of a military aide to the Mayor to oversee military aspects of the exposition; Collier's handwritten notes regarding lobbying for Congressional appropriations, March 19-27, 1925; his August 12, 1925, letter to President Calvin Coolidge introducing the "Healthy Hearty Hikers Club" of Philadelphia which was making a Sesqui-Centennial hike to Washington; Collier's September 23, 1925, letter to Hon. J. J. Davis, Secretary of Labor, regarding the admission of foreign exhibitors and attaches into the United States; Collier’s August 31, 1925, letter regarding municipal exhibits; and his May 2, 1925, memoranda to E. T. Trigg, proposing the appointment of staff to lobby for Congressional appropriations. The folder contains incoming letters from Mayor Kendrick and other exposition officers and memoranda regarding exhibits of government departments in the Machinery, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation, and Engineering Building #5 from March-June 1926.

Three exchanges with the White House are also found here. These include a June 27, 1924, letter from President Coolidge to Mayor Kendrick in which Coolidge encouraged Philadelphians in their plans for the Sesqui; a letter dated October 13, 1925, from Everett Sanders, Secretary to the President, responding to Mayor Kendrick’s letter of October 10 inviting Coolidge to be present at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition on July 3 and 4, 1926 (the President tentatively accepted); and a December 21, 1925, letter in which Coolidge responded to Kendrick’s request of December 18 to make a proclamation for the reading of a portion of the Declaration of Independence in all churches on January 3, 1927, to mark the opening of the Sesqui-Centennial year (Coolidge declined). The file also contains a copy of a request sent to Vice President Charles G. Dawes regarding the designation of a Vice President’s Day. There is no copy of the reply.

U. S. Department of Commerce, 1922-1926 (D/3.1.11-11AB), 4 folders: This correspondence documents the role of the U. S. Department of Commerce in promoting the exposition. Part 1, General Correspondence, 1923-1926 (D/3.11) includes letters from the Office of the Secretary mentioning plans for a prospective exhibit at Sesqui, February 1923; letters from Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce officials such as John M. Hager, Acting Chief, Domestic Commerce Division, and L. B. Clark, Acting Commercial Attache, regarding distribution of literature to bureau personnel, 1925; and copies of subsequent letters by Sesqui-Centennial staff to provide Commerce officials with updated information about the exposition. The folder also contains carbon copies of Collier’s letters to Commerce Department officials requesting mailing lists of organizations with commercial interests, such as the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. and individual Chamber of Commerce chapters, and copies of Collier’s letters promoting the Sesqui-Centennial exposition to these groups.  Part 2, Foreign Division, 1922, 1925-1926 (D/3.11A) contains correspondence between Sesqui-Centennial association officers, primarily Collier and Kendrick, and Commerce Department officials. Included are two letters from Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover: one dated November 4, 1925, to D. C. Collier; and the other dated November 17, 1925, to Mayor Kendrick, in which Hoover reassures Kendrick that "The Administration is absolutely unwavering in its support of the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition." Copies of outgoing items suggest that Sesqui-Centennial officials sought Hoover's assistance on various matters in the spring of 1925 and informed him of their progress in asking state legislatures to appropriate funds. The file also contains a copy of Kendrick's letter to Hoover, dated February 26, 1926, asking whether it would be possible for the Department of Commerce to hold its annual conference of commercial attaches in Philadelphia during the Sesqui. Additionally, the file contains incoming letters from division chiefs in the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce. Among these are circulars about two expositions--the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts and the International Exhibition of Hydraulic Force and of Touring, both held in France in the summer of 1925--which were forwarded in a letter from the chief of the European division of the Department's foreign bureau.  Parts 3-4, U. S. Custom House, 1925-1926 (D/3.1.11B) contain miscellaneous items pertaining to customs activity at the Sesqui. Included are a procedures manual, "Report of Bureau of Customers and Deliveries" developed by J. S. Teager, Chief of the Bureau, Division of Exhibits, at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, from 1914-1916, and copies of  Treasury Decisions pertaining to entry of articles for the Sesqui.

U. S. Department of War, 1924-1926 (D/3.1.12), 3 folders: Part 1, General (April-November 1926) primarily concerns plans for the Springfield Armory exhibit at Sesqui. Part 2, Military Aid (September 1924-September 1926) contains correspondence with the commander of the War Department, Third Corps area, regarding plans and budget for the Department's participation in the exposition. Also included is a copy of a letter from Douglas MacArthur, Major General, Commanding, of the Third Corps Area, to Mayor Kendrick, regarding the detailing of Major Edward H. Hicks, Field Artillery, HQ 79th Division, at Sesqui. Part 3 contains: "Information about Army Posts," a brochure on the history of government posts produced by the Third Corps Area in connection with the Sesqui-Centennial. Copies of memoranda distributed to the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Force, Camp Anthony Wayne, September-October 1926, have been transferred to a legal-size folder.

U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1923-1926 (D/3.1.12A), 1 folder, contains letters from Department officials regarding exhibits at the Sesqui. The earliest, dated November 14, 1923, from one of the department's consulting specialists, and addressed to John Price Jackson, indicates that plans for a federal exhibit on agriculture were already underway.

U. S. Department of State, 1925-1926 (D/3.1.13), 2 folders: Part 1, May 1925-June 1926, contains letters from J. Butler Wright, Assistant Secretary of State, to D. C. Collier and A. L. Sutton regarding participation of foreign nations. Wright's letter to Collier, October 2, 1925, confirms the date on which the invitation of the President of the United States was sent to foreign nations to participate in the Sesqui-Centennial exposition as May 20, 1925, and relays information about countries which had thus far agreed to participate. Additionally, the file includes a copy of an informative letter from Mayor Kendrick to Secretary of State Frank Kellogg, May 5, 1925, outlining support authorized for the Sesqui-Centennial exposition up to that date. A March 1, 1926, letter from Kendrick to Wright refers to a letter from Mr. Nahum Daniel Brascher, editor-in-chief of the Associated Negro Press, which Wright forwarded to Kendrick (the specific nature of Brascher's inquiry is not indicated). Also included are letters from Wright to Kendrick regarding persons appointed to the National Advisory Commission by the President on the authority of various states from January-June 1926.  Part 2, February-December 1925, contains exchanges between State Department and Sesqui-Centennial officials which further illuminate the relationship between city and federal officials in Sesqui-Centennial planning. Items include a carbon copy of a letter dated February 27, 1925, from Supreme Court Justice, Charles E. Hughes, to Edward T. Clark, Acting Secretary to President Coolidge, advising the White House that the State Department had not yet received information directly from the Sesqui-Centennial association regarding the proposed involvement of foreign countries, as was needed before the President, pursuant to the resolution of August 29, 1922, could authorize the extension of the invitation to foreign governments through diplomatic channels. Other items of note include Collier's March 7, 1925, letter to Kellogg listing officers of the Executive Committee and members of the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association and their organizational affiliations; Collier's April 6, 1925, letter to Wright estimating the budget for the exposition; and Collier's April 24, 1925, letter to Wright, in which Collier related that Pennsylvania Governor Pinchot had just signed the Bromley Bill appropriating $750,000 for the Sesqui-Centennial. Another interesting item is the copy of Kendrick's letter to Kellogg, November 10, 1925, asking Kellogg and his fellow cabinet member Hoover to please "use your good offices in combating the evil which may result through misunderstandings that may arise because of misleading statements [about the Sesqui-Centennial] appearing in the press."

Folder (D/3.1.15) concerns the role of the United States Flag Association in the Flag Day ceremony, 1926. Folder (D/3.1.15A) contains letters from individuals and organizations protesting Sesqui-Centennial promoters' use of the United States flag on its letterhead and in car card advertising showing the flag draped or otherwise displayed in violation of the Flag Code of 1923. Additionally there are some memoranda concerning the design of a Sesqui-Centennial flag. Folder (D/3.1.16), U.S. Post Office, concerns the model post office exhibit and franking privileges.

U. S. Department of the Navy (Folder D/3.1.21), concerns plans for naval activities, March 1925-April 1926. Items of interest include a carbon of Collier's March 7, 1925, letter to the Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur, regarding the use of naval units stationed at U. S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, and the detailing of naval and marine aides to assist in various activities including "monster athletic contests between the various foreign naval units and those of our navy"; the letter from Wilbur approving these requests on March 14, 1925; and another from Wilbur on June 13, 1925, regarding the use of the Constitution ("Old Ironsides") which was undergoing restoration. The file also contains a letter dated March 25, 1926, in which Kendrick wrote Wilbur inviting the warships of the U.S. Navy to visit Philadelphia during the Sesqui. Wilbur sent back a schedule of when various battleships would be at the Navy Yard during those months. Also included is information about Marine Corps Day and Coast Guard Day.

U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia (Folder D/3.1.21A) includes correspondence from Rear Adm. A. H. Scales, commandant, and other officers of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and from the Philadelphia Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries concerning plans for a naval display of foreign men-of-war in the Delaware River. Additionally, the file contains correspondence from Navy Yard officials concerning the need to assure access of civil and military workers to the Navy Yard up to and during the Sesqui.

Box Folder

General, June 1924-August 1926.

A-1467 23

National Advisory Committee, 1925.

A-1467 24

Lists--Senate, House, etc, circa 1925.

A-1467 25

U.S. Government Data, circa 1925?.

A-1467 26

U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1923-1926.

A-1467 27

U. S. Department of Commerce, 1923-1926.

A-1467 28

U. S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Division, 1922, 1925-1926.

A-1467 29

U. S. Custom House, 1925-1926.

A-1467 30

U. S. Custom House, issues of Treasury Decisions regarding entry of articles for Sesqui, September 10 and December 24, 1925.

A-1467 31

Collector of Customs, Philadelphia, undated.

A-1467 32

U. S. Post Office, June 1925-September 1926.

A-1467 33

U.S. Department of the Navy, March 1925-September 1926.

A-1467 34

U. S. Department of the Navy, April 1925-August 1926.

A-1467 35

U. S. Department of State, May 1925-June 1926.

A-1467 36

U. S. Department of State, February-December 1925.

A-1467 37

U. S. Flag Association, August 1925-February 1926.

A-1467 38

U. S. Flag Exhibit, February 1925-June 1926.

A-1467 39

U. S. Department of War, April-November 1926.

A-1467 40

U. S. Department of War, Military Aid, September 1924-September 1926.

A-1467 41

U. S. Department of War, "Information about Army Posts" in Third Corps Area (brochure), 1926.

A-1467 42

U.S. Department of State, undated.

A-1478 42

U.S. Department of War, Military Aid, undated.

A-1478 43
Map-case Drawer

Posters and Broadsides: Flag Exhibit. "The American Flag, How to Display It...," poster, undated.

R 3 / Folder 9
232-4-5.4. Congresses and Conventions -- Correspondence & Files, 1921-1927. 1 cu. ft. (66 folders) + 4 legal size folders + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

This material consists of correspondence between Sesqui-Centennial association officials and officers and members of organizations regarding plans for conventions to be held in Philadelphia during the Sesqui-Centennial exposition. In July 1924, George W. B. Hicks, Executive Secretary of the Sesqui, sent out an appeal to national social and fraternal groups as well as professional societies, business, trade, organized labor, and women's groups, resulting in the scheduling of meetings in Philadelphia in 1926, but as these files show, others were also interested in using the Sesqui-Centennial as an opportunity to promote travel and tourism in the city in the Sesqui-Centennial year. Interestingly, the files contain some August 1921 correspondence between John Wanamaker and the mayor's office concerning a representative of the United National Association of Post Office Clerks who approached Wanamaker about convening a meeting in Philadelphia during the Sesqui.

Additionally, there are 5 folders of correspondence between Sesqui-Centennial staff and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (PCC) regarding the work of the Convention and Exhibition Bureau at the Sesqui. The Bureau operated jointly between the Sesqui-Centennial association and PCC to promote convention visits, arrange accommodations for convention delegates and guests, and list the groups' individual programs in the official Sesqui-Centennial exposition program. The folders contain reports from Bureau staff William H. Fisher, Jr. and Frank L. Devine from May 1925-October 1926 listing names and addresses of individuals who had asked for information about the exposition as well as letters discussing arrangements for meetings. The material provides an index of the effectiveness of promotional and publicity efforts for the Sesqui-Centennial exposition and its appeal in different parts of the country.

The series also contain 9 folders concerning the meeting of the Pan-American Union on October 22, 1926. For this occasion, the entire delegation of the Pan-American Union traveled to Philadelphia on a special train from Washington for a formal luncheon and ceremonies including ambassadors and ministers from 21 Latin American countries. The files contain detailed plans for accommodating the Latin American delegates and U.S. state department officials including guest lists and seating charts.

The folder on Accommodations (F/5.27) contains information about hotel and boarding house accommodations in Philadelphia as well as meeting facilities available in the city at that time.

Box Folder

ICMA (news circulation association).

A-1469 6

Advertising Clubs of the World.

A-1469 7

National Education Association.

A-1469 8

Air Brake Association.

A-1469 9

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

A-1469 10-14

American Library Association.

A-1469 15

American Society of Civil Engineers.

A-1469 16

Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.

A-1469 17

American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters.

A-1469 18

Army Ambulance Service Association.

A-1469 19

Artisans Order of Mutual Protection.

A-1469 20

Civitan Club.

A-1469 21

Confectioners Association (National).

A-1469 22

Chemistry: Pure and Allied.

A-1469 23

Dental Cosmos.

A-1469 24

Dairy Association (National).

A-1469 25

Daughters of the American Revolution.

A-1469 26

Dental--American Dental Association.

A-1469 27

Dairy Union--National.

A-1469 28

Du Pont Company.

A-1469 29

Americanists--International Congress of.

A-1469 30

American Hotels Corporation.

A-1469 31

American Management Association.

A-1469 32

National Education Association.

A-1469 33

American Legion.

A-1469 34-36

Pan American Union.

A-1469 37-38

Pan American Union--Luncheon, October 1926.

A-1469 39-42

Pan American Union--Pan American Congress of Journalists, April 1926.

A-1469 43

Pan American Union--Congresses, undated.

A-1469 44

Pan American Union Bulletin, undated.

A-1469 45

Quota Club.

A-1469 46

International Order of Odd Fellows.

A-1469 47

Masonic Lodges (all divisions).

A-1469 48


A-1469 49

Lists and Schedules.

A-1469 50-51

1926 Meetings in Philadelphia (lists).

A-1469 52-55

1926 Conventions (World Convention Dates), December 1924, March 1925, July 1925.

A-1469 56

Chemical Equipment Co.

A-1470 1

Shriners, undated.

A-1470 2

National Association of Letter Carriers.

A-1470 3

Spanish War Veterans.

A-1470 4

Post Office Clerks.

A-1470 5

American Hospital Association.

A-1470 6

American Bakers Association.

A-1470 7

Accountants--American Institute.

A-1470 8

American Railway Association.

A-1470 9-10

National Paper Trade Association.

A-1470 11

National Unity Congress.

A-1470 12

Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge.

A-1470 13

Society of the Third Division (A.E.F.).

A-1470 14

Seventy-Ninth Division Reunion.

A-1470 15

Engineering Associations.

A-1470 16

American Legion, 1926.

A-1478 53

Masonic Lodges and Accommodations.

A-1478 54

Pan-American Union.

A-1478 55

Lists and Schedules.

A-1478 56
Map-case Drawer

Posters and Broadsides: Pan American Union dinner. Seating arrangement, November 16, 1926.

R 3 / Folder 9

Posters and Broadsides: National Association of Letter Carriers. Copy of map of principal routes to Philadelphia and Sesqui-Centennial with Camp Sites & Information Booths, 1926.

R 3 / Folder 9
232-4-5.5. Division of Special Events -- Correspondence and Files, 1925-1926. 1.25 cu. ft. (85 folders)+ 8 legal folders+ 2 oversize folders + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

An organizational chart for the Sesqui-Centennial administrative staff dated March 23, 1926, indicates that within the Department of Domestic Participation and Special Events, there was a Division of Special Events and a Division of Special Days. Actually the two units functioned closely together, with Department chief A. L. Sutton coordinating many of the events.

These files document special events which were held during the Sesqui-Centennial. Files with the prefix (G7.0-) contain correspondence and memoranda between A. L. Sutton and other Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association officers and administrators including Ernest T. Trigg, George W. B. Hicks, executive secretary; Mayor W. Freeland Kendrick, Sesqui-Centennial director D. C. Collier; and George W. Orton, director of sports, concerning planning and logistics of events.

Folders numbered G7.0.1 through G7.0.1-C document the period from February 1925 through the spring of 1926. Included are correspondence, memoranda, and notes regarding the designation of special days, weeks, and events when groups could come to the Sesqui-Centennial exposition and honor the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and their own part in American history; letters from individuals and organizational representatives suggesting activities; requests from groups to use the auditorium or stadium for events; and requests from organizational officers that their group or interest be represented on the official Sesqui-Centennial exposition calendar of events. Correspondents include John Summers, editor of The Public Journal (Philadelphia), recommending that September 22 be set aside as a day for the African-Americans to commemorate the anniversary of the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the Pennsylvania State Camp of the Patriotic Sons of America; the Philadelphia Music League regarding the National Northeastern Saengerfest; and the Sweden Memorial Commission. Carbon copies of outgoing correspondence demonstrate the desire of Sesqui-Centennial officials to promote the designation of days for ethnic and denominational groups, such as Wales Day, B'nai Brith Day, Unitarian Day, and a Columbus Day celebration by Italian societies, because they complemented the historical pageants about the events of 1776 which were being planned.

Folders in the G/7.0.1.-D sequence pertain to arrangements for special days. The material is filed alphabetically by name of the special day. The files contain such things as memoranda between Sesqui-Centennial officials A. L. Sutton, Sutton's assistant W. E. Mealing, Major E. H. Hicks, E. L. Austin, John J. Flett, Esq., Chief of Special Days, Mayor Kendrick, and their correspondence with organizational representatives concerning scheduling, arrangements, and expenditures for activities, press clippings, and other matters. Of special interest are correspondence with the Treasury Department, U.S. Coast Guard, concerning the naval formation for Coast Guard Day; interchange between Sesqui-Centennial officers and representatives of Philadelphia's museums and libraries concerning Benjamin Franklin Day; plans for National Grange Day (the Master National Grange circularized every grange in the U.S. calling for a special meeting of the Grange at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition on this day); copies of invitations to large manufacturing and distribution firms such as Sears and Roebuck, Stetson Co., Cambria Steel Company, Westinghouse Electric Company, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and other major employers in Pennsylvania and Ohio to arrange employee excursions to the Sesqui-Centennial on Industrial Plants of Philadelphia days; information on Labor Day, the program for which was given under the auspices of the American Federation of Labor; correspondence and literature from the International Magna Carta Day Association of St. Paul, Minnesota, devoted to promoting "English Speaking Patriotism and Co-Operation," concerning Magna Carta Day; and drafts of the program for Marine Corps Day.

The most extensive documentation is that for Children's Day (20 folders). In June 1926 Mayor Kendrick asked Sesqui-Centennial officials to enlarge upon the original plan for a Kiddie's Day, reschedule it on a later date (July 26); originally it had been scheduled for June 19, and make it a free day for poor children. Included in the files are copies of outgoing letters to orphanages, settlements, missions, homes, day nurseries, and playground associations inviting them to bring children to the Sesqui, and memoranda regarding arrangements for this event which was projected to include up to 20,000 youngsters. Additionally Sesqui-Centennial staff contacted child welfare agencies in other cities to invite them to a free children's day.

Folders numbered in the (G7.0.1-19A) sequence contain additional information about special days and special events. File (G7.0.15) concerns Knights of the Klu Klux Klan Day. The folder contains an official request from Paul Winter, Field Representative for the order of the Klu Klux Klan in Philadelphia, dated July 17, 1925, asking fair officials to designate three days for their organization on the Sesqui-Centennial calendar of events. The request was initially denied. Included are letters of protest from Klan members; exchanges between Sesqui-Centennial officials who in May 1926 agreed to allow the Klan to reserve the auditorium from September 9-11 for a meeting of Klan delegates; and letters and clippings condemning the Sesqui-Centennial officers' decision to allow the meeting to take place.

Box Folder

Programs, Miscellaneous.

A-1470 17

Suggestions for Special Events.

A-1470 18

Special Days.

A-1470 19

Holidays in Foreign Countries.

A-1470 20

Special Events--Suggestions, undated.

A-1470 21-22

Special Days: A-.

A-1470 23

Special Days: Artisans’ Day.

A-1470 24

Special Days: Atlantic City Beauty Pageant Day.

A-1470 25

Special Days: B-.

A-1470 26

Special Days: B'nai Brith, B'rith Abraham, B'rith Sholom.

A-1470 27

Special Days: C-.

A-1470 28

Special Days: Children's Day.

A-1470 29-31

Special Days: Coast Guard Day.

A-1470 32

Special Days: Columbus Day.

A-1470 33

Special Days: Conestoga Day.

A-1470 34

Special Days: Constitution Day.

A-1470 35

Special Days: D-.

A-1470 36

Special Days: E-F.

A-1470 37

Special Days: Firefighters' Week.

A-1470 38

Special Days: Franklin (Benjamin) Day.

A-1470 39-42

Special Days: G-H.

A-1470 43

Special Days: Grand Army of the Republic.

A-1470 44

Special Days: Grange Day.

A-1470 45-46

Special Days: Industrial Plants of Philadelphia.

A-1470 47

Special Days: I-K.

A-1470 48

Special Days: Irish Day.

A-1470 49

Special Days: "Italia" Spectacle (program).

A-1470 50

Special Days: Printed copy of The Triumph of Democracy: A Sesquicentennial Oration delivered by James M. Beck, Solicitor General of the U.S., July 4, 1926.

A-1470 51

Special Days: L-M.

A-1470 52

Special Days: Labor Day.

A-1470 53

Special Days: Lafayette-Marne Day.

A-1470 54

Special Days: Lamb's Frolic (Mother's Memorial Foundation).

A-1470 55

Special Days: Magna Carta Day.

A-1470 56

Special Days: Marine Corps Day.

A-1470 57

Special Days: N-.

A-1470 58

Special Days: Navy Day.

A-1470 59

Special Days: Orangemen (Loyal Orange Institution of the U.S.A.).

A-1470 61

Special Days: P.

A-1470 62

Special Days: Philadelphia Business Men's Day.

A-1470 63

Special Days: Poets' Day.

A-1470 64

Special Days: R-S.

A-1470 65

Special Days: T-U.

A-1470 66

Special Days: W-Z.

A-1470 67

Special Days: Work Horse Parade.

A-1470 68

Special Days: Lists of Special Days.

A-1470 69

Special Days: Foreign Nation Days.

A-1470 70

Special Days: Fireworks.

A-1470 71

Special Days: Official List of Special Events to be Held during Sesqui.

A-1470 72

Special Days: Official Programs--Requests for.

A-1470 73

Special Days: Decorations.

A-1470 74

Special Days: Flags.

A-1470 75

Special Days: Opening Day, May 31, 1926.

A-1471 1-3

Special Days: Military.

A-1471 4

Special Days: Closing Day, November 30, 1926.

A-1471 5

Special Days: Roosevelt (Theodore) Day.

A-1471 6

Special Days: Constitution Anniversary.

A-1471 7

Special Days: Chess Tournament.

A-1471 8

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Program, undated.

A-1471 9

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Transportation.

A-1471 10

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: RSVPs from Children's Aid Organizations.

A-1471 11

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Admission/Lunches.

A-1471 12

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Activities.

A-1471 13

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Letters of Appreciation--Outgoing.

A-1471 14-15

Special Days: Children's Day, July 26, 1926: Letters of Appreciation--Incoming.

A-1471 16

Special Days: Ku Klux Klan (Knights of the) Day.

A-1471 17

Special Days: Military--Publicity.

A-1471 18

Special Days: Contract with Inter-Ocean Syndicate (Wired Picture Service).

A-1471 19-21

Special Days: World's Congress.

A-1471 22

Special Days: Byrd, Richard E., Jr., Com., visit.

A-1471 23

Special Days: Youth Week.

A-1471 24

Special Days: Youth Week--Invitations to Poor Children Outside Philadelphia.

A-1471 25

Special Days: School Children Free Saturdays.

A-1471 26

General Plan and Program- Women’s Club Day.

A-1478 57

Sesquicentennial Games.

A-1478 58

Tom Mix Reception.

A-1478 59

Suggestions and Stadium Dates Reserved.

A-1478 60

Special Days.

A-1478 61

Special Days- Lists.

A-1478 62

Closing Day, November 30, 1926.

A-1478 63

Children’s Day- July 26, 1926/ Byrd Reception.

A-1478 64

F- (Flag Day), map of assembly point for troops.

Oversize Box 1 8

Education Week. Program, November 8-13, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 8

Coast Guard Day. Formation of Parade. Blueprint, August 4, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 8

Italia Spectacle. Poster with text in Italian.

Oversize Box 1 8

National Canoe Racing. Poster, August 6-9, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 8

Constitution Anniversary. Newspaper article on a 1923 observance.

Oversize Box 1 8

Mexico's Famous Police Band, Ernest Briggs, manager. 2 posters.

Oversize Box 1 8

232-4-5.6. Division of Special Days [See Record Series 232-4-5.5].

232-4-5.7. Division of Music--Correspondence and Files, 1925-1926. (0.5 cu. ft. (20 folders) + 6 legal folders.
Scope and Contents note

The Sesqui-Centennial association's board of directors organized a Music Committee which remained involved in various musically related activities during the exposition. Dr. Herbert J. Tily, vice chairman of the committee, and Craig King, its secretary, coordinated many of the arrangements when Sesqui-Centennial opened. The Music Committee files were found intermixed with the files of Sesqui's administrative staff.

Contains correspondence and memoranda between Dr. Herbert J. Tily, Craig King, Dr. Henry S. Fry of St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia, who was the executive secretary of the International Musical Prize Competition, and numerous individuals and musical organizations, both professional and amateur, within and outside the U.S., regarding musical events at the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition. The records are filed alphabetically by the last name of the authors of the incoming correspondence. These included musicians and composers, agents, publicists, booking organizations, and persons looking for employment as musicians at the Sesqui. Unfortunately the files contain only the "A-F" part of the alphabet. As far as is known, the files "G-Z" have not survived to the present.

Much of the incoming material is made up of queries from prospective entrants in two of the committee's prize competitions. In 1925 the Music Committee announced the Sesqui's International Musical Prize Competition for original compositions which had not been previously performed or published. Prizes were to be awarded in five categories (opera, ballet, choral suite, choral cantata, and symphony), and the committee accepted entrants from the fall of 1925 to April 1, 1926. Although many of the candidates' queries concern routine matters such as the application process, some candidates forwarded descriptions of prospective submissions and samples of their work such as sheet music, scripts for historical pageants, brochures, and programs of previous concerts. The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association also sponsored the National Interstate Students' contest which attracted college and youth choral groups.

The files also contain information about performers engaged to perform at the Sesqui. Several contracts between Sesqui-Centennial officials and performers may be found here. The folder labeled "Accounts (Memos), May-December 26" is made up of copies of outgoing memos from Craig King to the staff of the Sesqui-Centennial business office requesting checks for payment to performing artists, postage for returning manuscripts submitted to the musical competition, rental of concert halls, royalties, and travel expenses. The folder also includes weekly payroll lists including the Philadelphia Orchestra and guest conductors and soloists who performed with the orchestra throughout the Sesqui. The files contain several letters to and from Philadelphia orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski as well as material in which he is mentioned.

Box Folder


A-1471 27

Accounts (Memos), May-December 1926.

A-1471 28


A-1471 29


A-1471 30


A-1471 31

Baciulis, Antanas (Lithuanian musician).

A-1471 32

Brown, Eddy (violinist).

A-1471 33


A-1471 34


A-1471 35

Charlton, Loudon (agent).

A-1471 36

Cortez, Leonora (Philadelphia Orchestra piano soloist).

A-1471 37


A-1471 38


A-1471 39

Diamond City [Pa.] Band & Orchestra.

A-1471 40


A-1471 41


A-1471 42

Falk, Jules; Historical Pageant, 1776.

A-1471 43

Fletcher, Robert Lowe.

A-1471 44

Foster (Stephen) Melodies Medley.

A-1471 45

Fox (Sam) Publishing Co.--"Sesquicentennial March" by John Philip Sousa.

A-1471 46

(Note: Files G-Z missing).

Box Folder

Music Division.

A-1471 65

Music: “A”- Anderson, Chrissie: “The U.S.A. Forever” (pageant script).

A-1471 66

Music: “B”.

A-1471 67

Music: “C”- Carleton College Band.

A-1471 68

Music- Clark.

A-1471 69

International Musical Prize Competition (flyer).

A-1471 70
232-4-5.8. Division of Negro Activities.
Related Archival Materials note

See series 232-3-14, Board of Directors--Committees, Committee on Negro Activities.

232-4-6. Department of Exhibits.

Scope and Contents note

In March 1926, the Department of Exhibits included the following divisions: Fine Arts; Education and Social Economy; Forum; Medicine and Allied Sciences; Exhibit Palace No. 1; Exhibit Palace No. 2; Exhibit Palace No. 5; Palace of Fashion Concession; and Sales. Religion, originally a division of the Department of Domestic Participation and Special Events, was subsequently combined with the Education and Social Economy division in the Exhibits Department. The surviving departmental files described below do not correspond to this divisional arrangement, however, and they are scanty. For further information on the exhibits, see the records of the departments of Admissions and Concessions, Domestic Participation and Special Events, and the Women's Department; the official history of the Sesqui-Centennial celebration; and the photograph and newsclipping series.

232-4-6.1. Correspondence & Files, 1926. 4 printed items.
Scope and Contents note

Includes 3 autographed copies of the Official Classification of Exhibit Departments with annotations of exposition officers such as cross-references indicating groupings of the various classifications. Additionally, this series contains a 12-page leaflet,  Information Booklet for Exhibitors in the Machinery, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation and Automotive Departments of the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition... Philadelphia, June 1 to December 1, 1926 describing the principle exhibits.

Box Folder

Official Classification of Exhibit Departments, circa 1925?.

A-1471 47

Information Booklet for Exhibitors in the Machinery, Mines, Metallurgy, Transportation, and Automotive Departments, July 1-December 1, 1926.

A-1471 48
232-4-6.2. Division of Education and Social Economy (including Religion) -- Correspondence & Files, May 1925-September 1929. 0.5 cu. ft. (37 folders) + 4 legal size folders.
Scope and Contents note

Contains the papers of Joseph R. Wilson, Esq., director of the Department of Education and Social Economy (including Religion). It also contains the records of the Department of Education and Social Economy and Foreign Participation from May-October 1927 when Wilson replaced the late Department of Foreign Participation head, Capt. A. C. Baker. The files contain Wilson's correspondence, clippings, programs, and printed matter focusing on the presentation of educational and social issues at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition including such areas as schools and universities, progress in education for the blind and deaf, and religion and religious groups; information about Wilson's work in coordinating foreign participation at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition from June-November 1926; and his role as Sesqui-Centennial historian from his appointment to that post in May 1926 through February 1927. Wilson, director of Philadelphia's Commercial Museum, collected various informative material for the history of the exposition. Especially useful are a set of transcripts of speeches delivered by Mayor Kendrick and other officials at the Sesqui-Centennial and press releases regarding the Sesqui-Centennial exposition issued by the Mayor's office. Wilson's files also contain a typescript of "Important Events of History of American Colonies and U.S.A. to 1920" compiled by an unidentified "P.A.C." in preparation for the exposition, programs, and other items which Wilson was collecting for use in the history.

Files dealing specifically with Wilson's work in coordinating foreign participation at the exposition have been filed in with the records of the Department of Foreign Participation (232-4-8.1), "Correspondence with Foreign Countries."

Box Folder

May 1925-September 30, 1926.

A-1471 49

October-December 1926.

A-1471 50

American Federation of Organizations for the Hard of Hearing, June-July 1926.

A-1471 51

English Language Congress, November 1926.

A-1471 52

Evening at Opera with Foreign Dignitaries, November-December 1926.

A-1471 53

General Electric Co., 1926.

A-1471 54

Hawaii Day, January-February 1927.

A-1471 55

"Historical Record of Navy's Participation in Sesqui-Centennial", circa 1926-1927?.

A-1471 56

Military Participation, September 1926-January 1927.

A-1471 57

National Advisory Commission to Sesqui, July-August 1926.

A-1471 58

Pennsylvania Department, Labor and Industry, January-March 1927.

A-1471 59

Sesqui History, May 1926-September 1929.

A-1471 60

Tunney, "Gene," Receptions, August-October 1926.

A-1471 61


A-1471 62


A-1471 63

Lists--Educational Building.

A-1471 64

Lists--State and Separate Buildings on Grounds.

A-1471 65

Lists--Foreign Participation.

A-1471 66

Memoranda--Special Days, Special Events, June 8-July 17, 1926.

A-1471 67

Weekly Programs, August 15-October 30, 1926.

A-1471 68

Printed Matter: General, circa June-November 1926.

A-1471 69

Address of Hon. Michael J. Ryan, by the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Philadelphia, March 1, 1926.

A-1471 70

The Drama of American Independence (National Education Association), 1926.

A-1472 1

Flag Day exercises, (program), June 14, 1926.

A-1472 2

"Freedom" (Sesqui pageant), program, undated.

A-1472 3

Kenmore (Thomas Jefferson house), July 1926.

A-1472 4

National Society of Colonial Dames (Sulgrave Manor), June 1926.

A-1472 5

Official Sesqui program booklet, 1926.

A-1472 6

"Heads of Government Send Greetings Through the Public Ledger to the Sesqui-Centennial City,"  Public Ledger, May 30, 1926.

A-1472 7

Philadelphia Inquirer rotogravure section, Sesqui highlights, October 3, 1926.

A-1472 8

Regulations Concerning Exhibits, 1925-1926.

A-1472 9

Exhibit Shipping Instructions and labels, circa 1925-1926.

A-1472 10

Religious Meetings--Programs, June-September 1926.

A-1472 11

Sesqui Medal of Honor brochures, 1926.

A-1472 12

Transcripts of Speeches delivered by Mayor Kendrick and other officials on Flag Day (July 14) and Fourth of July, 1926.

A-1472 13

232-4-6.2.  "Important Events of History of American Colonies and U.S.A. to 1920, Inclusive..." compiled by "P.A.C.", circa 1924-1925.

A-1472 14-15

General Correspondence, May-November 1926.

A-1478 71

Exhibit Shipping Instructions, 1925-1926.

A-1478 72

Press Releases with Text of Addresses and Statements of Mayor Kendrick and other Sesqui officers (Part 1), November 1925-July 15, 1926.

A-1478 73

Press Releases with Text of Addresses and Statements of Mayor Kendrick and other Sesqui officers (Part 2), July 17-December 1926.

A-1478 74
232-4-6.3. Fine Arts Division--Catalog, 1926. 1 volume (3 copies), indexed.
Box Folder

The Illustrated Catalogue, Department of Fine Arts, Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926 (122 pages), includes black-and-white illustrations of a number of works displayed, 1926.

A-1472 16
232-4-6.4. Jury of Awards--Awards Lists, 1926-1929. 5 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Original copy of the list of awards presented to exhibitors at the Sesqui-Centennial exposition, a carbon copy used in producing the official published history, and several special lists of awards.

Box Folder

Lists of Awards--General (original typescript.).

A-1472 17

Fine Arts diplomas.

A-1472 18

Harmonica Band diplomas.

A-1472 19

List of Awards--Special list (typescript).

A-1472 20

List of Awards--Carbon copy of text published in official Sesqui, 1929.

A-1472 21
232-4-6.5. Sales Division -- Files, 1925-1926. 5 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Contain miscellaneous items pertaining to the work of the Sales Division, Department of Exhibits, in promoting the sale of exhibit space to prospective exhibitors. Of special interest is a prospectus compiled circa March-April 1926 with photos of buildings under construction and other information designed to promote the sale of display space.

Box Folder

January-April 1926.

A-1472 22

232-4-6.5.  Printed matter.

A-1472 23

Prospectus for Potential Exhibitors, March-April 1926.

A-1472 24-26

232-4-7. Department of Finance and Accounting.

Scope and Contents note

This department headed by Business Manager and Comptroller E. L. Austin handled business operations of the Sesqui-Centennial. The department was responsible for creating and implementing standard operating procedures involving employees, buildings, and grounds, and for coordinating units within the department including personnel, accounting, purchasing, and the Progress Division which reported on the progress of the exposition. Prior to the Sesqui-Centennial, Austin had been general auditor and comptroller for the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.

232-4-7.1. Correspondence & Files, 1925-1926. 9 folders (0.25 cu. ft.) + 2 legal size folders + 2 oversize folders.
Scope and Contents note

Includes miscellaneous material including two folders of correspondence ("Police Protection") focusing on crime and security problems at the exposition, February-December 1926. Also included are reports such as "Why $3,000,000 is Required to Finance the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition in 1926" (brochure); "Departmental Reports on Prospects of Holding Exposition in 1926 and Reasons for Postponing Same to 1927" by Director-in-Chief Baker and others, January 11, 1926; "Report on Construction Work Progress," May 14, 1925; "Report of Exposition Activities" by J. W. Newton, Statistician, November 29, 1926; and "Summary of the Progress of the Sesqui-Centennial by Dates: Reports of Sesqui-Centennial Activities," a typed, approximately 100-page mimeographed chronological summary of the progress of the Sesqui-Centennial from February 3-October 3, 1925. Prepared by an unidentified researcher at an unspecified date, it was compiled from minutes, newspapers, and other sources--possibly Austin or an assistant--and used in writing the Sesqui-Centennial history.

See also (232-4-10.6), records of the Publicity Department, which contains programs of events prepared by Austin's assistant, George Zimmer, of the Information Bureau.

Box Folder

General, 1925-1926.

A-1472 27

"Why $3,000,000 is Required to Finance the Sesquicentennial Exposition in 1926" (brochure).

A-1472 28

"Departmental Reports on Prospects of Holding Exposition in 1926 and Reasons for Postponing Same to 1927," by Capt. Baker and others, (part 1), January 11, 1926.

A-1472 29

Concessions--Women's Division, July 1926.

A-1472 30

Exhibits--Baldwin Locomotive Works, circa December 1926.

A-1472 31

Foreign--Japanese Participation, February-November 1926.

A-1472 32

Police Protection, February-December 1926.

A-1472 33-34

"Report of Exposition Activities" by J. W. Newton, Statistician, November 29, 1926.

A-1472 35

Reports: Sesqui Activities (Part 1), February 3-May 29, 1925.

A-1479 1

Reports: Sesqui Activities (Part 2), May 30-October 23, 1925.

A-1479 2

“Departmental Reports on Prospects of Holding Exposition in1926 and Reasons for Postponing Same to 1927" (Part 2-Financial Statements), January 9, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 1

Report: Construction Work Progress, May 14, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 2
232-4-7.2. Contracts, 1925-1926. 7 legal-size folders.
Scope and Contents note

Contain carbon copies of drafts of the Association's contracts with D. C. Collier to serve as Director General, February 2, 1925; John Odell Hauser to act as General Information Manager, 1925; the landscape architectural company, Olmsted Brothers, to prepare and execute preliminary plans and drawings for the general layout of the exposition, June 1925; and others involved in preparing buildings and grounds.

Box Folder

David C. Collier, February 2, 1925.

A-1479 3

Hauser, John Odell--Information Manager (draft), 1925.

A-1479 4

Havens, Fred A. Company- Construction, 1926.

A-1479 5

Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects (draft), June 1925.

A-1479 6

Philadelphia Football Games, August 1926.

A-1479 7

Acchione and Canuso Paving (draft)- 1926; Pennsylvania Railroad- Signboard (draft)- 1925; Shetzline, C.A.- Lease of Land (draft)May 1925, 1926; 1925; May 1925.

A-1479 8

Contracts with Exhibitors- Sample Forms, 1926.

A-1479 9
232-4-7.3. General Orders, July 17, 1925-August 13, 1926. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents note

These begin with General Order #1 signed by Ernest T. Trigg, chair of the Executive Committee of the Association, placing Austin in charge of all Sesqui-Centennial association employees with the exception of department heads, and continue through Order #171. Subsequent orders are signed by Austin as finance director or by heads of divisions in the Finance Department and directed to Director-General Asher Baker for approval.

Box Folder

Order Numbers 1-171, July 17, 1925-August 13, 1926.

A-1472 36-38
232-4-7.4. Personnel Records, March 1926-June 1927. 14 Folders.
Scope and Contents note

Consists of 13 folders of employee files arranged alphabetically by last name of employee, usually concerning job applications, absences, or dismissals, and 1 folder labeled "Personnel--Political" containing correspondence from public officials recommending individuals for employment at the exposition.

Box Folder

Employee List, circa 1925?.

A-1472 39

Payroll, April-June 1927.

A-1472 40

Employee Files: A-B, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 41

Employee Files: C-D, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 42

Employee Files: E-Ha, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 43

Employee Files: Hi-I, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 44

Employee Files: Krise, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 45

Employee Files: Le-R, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 46

Employee Files: McLean, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 47

Employee File: Pierce, Edith W., and Percy Pierce, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 48

Employee File: Reinholt, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 49

Employee Files: Rudrauff, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 50

Employee Files: S-Z, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 51

Employee Files: Personnel--Political, March 1926-June 1927.

A-1472 52
232-4-7.5. Financial Reports, May 1926-January 1927. 16 folders + 2 oversize boxes.
Scope and Contents note

Includes summary lists of participation certificate subscribers for the Executive Committee's bond issue project chaired by realtor Albert Greenfield in September-October 1925, which raised $3 million through sales of participation certificates to businesses and individuals, financial reports for March 1-15, March 31, May 15, 26, 29, June 30, July 19, September 15, October 31, and December 31, 1926; lists of accounts and contracts payable, September-November 1926; estimated revenue and expenses, June 15, 1926; weekly reports on sales of exhibit space, June-August 1926, and miscellaneous working papers and trial balance sheets, May-November 1927.

Box Folder

Participation Certificate Subscriptions Lists for financial institutions and $500 or over: Statements of Accounts, May 1, 1926.

A-1472 53-54

Participation Certificate Subscriptions Lists for financial institutions and $500 or over: Names and addresses of subscribers, June 28, 1926.

A-1472 55

Participation Certificate Subscriptions Lists for financial institutions and $500 or over: Delinquent accounts, June 24, 1926.

A-1472 56

Participation Certificate Subscriptions Lists for financial institutions and $500 or over: Statement of accounts, June 28, 1926.

A-1472 57

General Financial Reports, March 1-15, 1926.

A-1472 58

General Financial Reports, March 31, 1926.

A-1472 59

General Financial Reports, May 15, 1926.

A-1472 60

General Financial Reports, June 30, 1926.

A-1472 61

Financial Report, July 19, 1926.

A-1473 1

Financial Report, December 31, 1926.

A-1473 2

Exhibits Contract, undated.

A-1473 3

Estimated Revenues and Expenses, June 15, 1926.

A-1473 4

Accounts Payable- List “A", November 17, 1926.

A-1473 5

Accounts Payable- List “B”, November 22, 1926.

A-1473 6

Accounts Payable- List “D”, November 24, 1926.

A-1473 7

May 26 and 29, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 3

Part 1- Financial Report, Part 2 - Claims Against Sesqui-Centennial Association, September 15, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 4

Parts 2A, 2B, 2C- Accounts Payable, September 15, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 5

Part 2D- Accounts Payable Part 3- Contracts Payable, September 15, 1926.

Oversize Box 1 6

October 31, 1926.

Oversize Box 2 1

October 31, 1926, (second copy).

Oversize Box 2 2

October 31, 1926, (unbound- part 1).

Oversize Box 2 3

October 31, 1926, (unbound- part 2)- Accounts Payable (A-K).

Oversize Box 2 4

October 31, 1926, (unbound- part 3)- Accounts Payable (L-Z).

Oversize Box 2 5

Accounts Payable: List “A”- November 17, 1926; List “B”- November 22, 1926; [No List “C”]; List “D”- November 24, 1926, November 17, 1926; November 22, 1926 November 24, 1926.

Oversize Box 2 6

Estimated Revenue and Expenses, June 15, 1926.

Oversize Box 2 7

Reports- Weekly- “Sale of Exhibit Space” by J.W. Newton, June 19-August 21, 1926.

Oversize Box 2 8

Working Papers- Accounts Payable- May 31, 1927; Trial Balance Sheets- July-Nov. 1927, May 31, 1927; July-November 1927.

Oversize Box 2 9
232-4-7.6. Audit Papers, May 1926-January 1927. 0.5 cu. ft. (24 folders) + 40 legal size folders + 1 oversize box.
Scope and Contents note

Consist primarily of audits of concessions operated under contract with the Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association, filed by contract number. Also included are audits of gate admissions; special events such as the "Freedom" pageant; stadium events such as "Loyalty's Gift," football and baseball games, and ethnic celebrations such as Swiss Day, Danish American Day, Norway Day, and Czecho-Slovak Day.

Box Folder

“B”- German Restaurant Co., Liquidation Expense, January-February 1927.

A-1473 8

“E”- Report on Special Events, Working Papers, Part 1--Statements, November 1926.

A-1473 9

“F”- Admissions and Concessions Part 1-Memoranda, June 1-July 5, 1926.

A-1473 10

“F”- Admissions and Concessions, Part 2- Pouch Deposit Records, June 1-July 5, 1926.

A-1473 11

Concessions Contracts- Summary Information- Part 1 (Part 2- see oversize box), June-August 1926.

A-1473 12

Concession #1- Taj Mahal Co., Ltd.- Working Papers- Part 1- Statements, June-October 1926.

A-1473 13

Concession #1- Taj Mahal Co. Ltd. Working Papers- Part 2- Billing Records, June-October 1926.

A-1473 14

Concession C-10- Seitz, Alexander “The Golden Book", June-October 1926.

A-1473 15

Concession C-22- Oriental Concession Co, June-December 1926.

A-1473 16

Concession C-28- Centennial Candy Co., Working Papers- Part 1, May-December 1926.

A-1473 17

Concession C-28- Centennial Candy Co., Working Papers- Part 2, May-December 1926.

A-1473 18

Concession #30- Miller Brothers Rotisserie Restaurants- Part 1, June-October 1926.

A-1473 19

Contracts 46 and 48 “A”- Cardinell, John D. (Official Photographer) Part 1, June 1926-February 1927.

A-1473 20

Concession #100- Koelle, W.F.B.- Comfort Stations and Toilet Rooms- Part 1, July 1926-January 1927.

A-1473 21

Summary- Stadium and Auditorium Events Working Papers, Report, May-June 1926.

A-1473 22

(No Concession #) Dog Show Working Papers, October 1926.

A-1473 23

S-100- Stadium Events: “Freedom” (pageant) Working Papers (Part 1), July-September 1926.

A-1473 24

S-243- Caledonian (Scottish) Club Games- Working Papers, August-October 1926.

A-1473 25

S-241- Lithuanian Day, S-249- Polish Spectacle, September 1926.

A-1473 26

S-248- Stadium and Auditorium Events: Sangerfest, Working Papers, September 1926-February 1927.

A-1473 27

S-284- Stadium Events: Columbus Day, Working Papers, October-November 1926.

A-1473 28

S-289- Stadium and Auditorium Events: Loie Fuller Ballets, Working Papers, October-November 1926.

A-1473 29

S-299- Associated Glee Clubs of American, Working Papers, undated.

A-1473 30

Special Events: Sesqui Livestock Show Audit, November 1926.

A-1473 31

Audit Report #4: Philadelphia Rural Transit Co. (C#6), July 6, 1926.

A-1479 10

Audit Report #5: Admissions and Concessions Department, July 7, 1926.

A-1479 11

Audit Report #6: Admissions Dept.- Study of Admissions Traffic on July 3, 4, and 5, 1926, July 8, 1926.

A-1479 12

Audit Report #7: John Cardinell, photographer (Concession #46 and #48), July 23, 1926.

A-1479 13

Audit Report #8: “World’s Championship Rodeo” (Concession #53), July 31, 1926.

A-1479 14

Audit Report #9: Contract 2029-John C. Asbury- “Loyalty’s Gift", August 4, 1926.

A-1479 15

Audit Report #10: Concessions Contract #1- Taj Mahal Trading Co., Ltd, August 6, 1926.

A-1479 16

“E”- Report on Special Events, Working Papers (Part 2- Worksheets), November 1926.

A-1479 17

“F”- Admissions and Concessions Traffic Reports-Admissions Gates (Part 3), June 1-July 5, 1926.

A-1479 18

“I”- Taj Mahal Company, Ltd.- Working Papers (Part 3- Statements), June-October 1926.

A-1479 19

Concession “C2": Treasure Island- Working Papers, May-October 1926.

A-1479 20

“C3": Ludo Corporation- Working Papers (Part 1), June-December 1926.

A-1479 21

“C4": Outdoor Amusements, Inc.- Working Papers (Part 1), May-August 1926.

A-1479 22

“C6": Philadelphia Rural Transit Co.- Working Papers (Part 1), June-October 1926.

A-1479 23

“C7": Rothschild, Marcus- Optical Goods- Working Papers, May-July 1926.

A-1479 24

“C13": Rudolph, Isadore- Novelty Corp.- Working Papers (Part 1), June-September 1926.

A-1479 25

“C20": Dougherty, Edwin V.- “Skooter” Riding Device, July, 1926.

A-1479 26

“C22": Oriental Concessions- Working Papers (Part 2), June-December 1926.

A-1479 27

“C23": Ackley-Maynes Co. Riding Devices- Working Papers, May-October 1926.

A-1479 28

“C24": Louis Mark Shoes- Working Papers, July-September 1926.

A-1479 29

“C28": Centennial Candy Co. Working Papers (Part 3), May-October 1926.

A-1479 30

“C30": Miller Brothers Rotisserie Restaurants (Pt. 2), June-October 1926.

A-1479 31

“C32": Official Daily Program- Working Papers, June-October 1926.

A-1479 32

“C38": Battle of Gettysburg- Working Papers, July-October 1926.

A-1479 33

“C41": Witsky and Trachtman (Booth)- Working Papers, July-September 1926.

A-1479 34

Contracts #46 and #48: “A” Cardinell, John D., Official Photographer (Part 2), June 1926-February 19.

A-1479 35

Concession #100: Koelle, W.F.B.- Comfort Stations and Toilet Rooms (Part 2), July 1926-January 19.

A-1479 36

No Concession #: Smith, W.W.- Auto Parking, June-November 1926.

A-1479 37

A-100: Auditorium Event- “Loyalty’s Gift” (July 12, 1926) Working Papers and Contract, June-July 1926.

A-1479 38

S-100: Stadium Events- “Freedom” (pageant)- Working Papers (Part 2), July-September 1926.

A-1479 39

S-220: Stadium Event- Army, Navy, and Marine Baseball, August-September 1926.

A-1479 40

S-240: Stadium and Auditorium Events- Hungarian Day Working Papers, August-September 1926.

A-1479 41

S-252: “M2026"- Stadium Ticket Office- Hawaiian Night in Arena (Part 1), September 1926.

A-1479 42

S-255: Chester Day- Working Papers, September 1926.

A-1479 43

S-266: Swiss Day- Working Papers, September 1926.

A-1479 44

S-267: Danish American Day- Working Papers, September-November 1926.

A-1479 45

S-1: Stadium and Auditorium Events- Ethiopia Working Papers (Part 1), September-October 1926.

A-1479 46

S-282-S-295: Stadium Events- Football- Working Papers, October-November 1926.

A-1479 47

S-288: Pyle, Charles C. And Suzanne Lenglen Tennis Exhibition- Working Papers, September-October 1926.

A-1479 48

S-291: Norway Day- Working Papers, October 1926-February 1927.

A-1479 49

S-294: Czecho-Slovak Day- Working Papers, October-December 1926.

A-1479 50

“E”: Reports- Special Events/Working Papers- Part 3-Schedules, November 1926.

Oversize Box 3 1

“F”: Reports- Admissions and Concessions- Part 4- Records of Original Register Buildings, circa June 1-July 5, 1926.

Oversize Box 3 2

Reports- Concession Contracts, Summary Information-Part 2, June-August 1926.

Oversize Box 3 3

Concession #1: Taj Mahal Company, Ltd.- Working Papers Part 4- Schedules, June-October 1926.

Oversize Box 3 4

Concession #3: Ludo Corporation- Part 2- Working Papers; Concession #4: Outdoor Amusements- Part 2.

Oversize Box 3 5

Concession #6 (“C6"): Philadelphia Rural Transit Co., Working Papers; Concession #10 (“C10"): Rudolph, Isadore, Novelty Corp. (Part 2), June-October 1926; June-September 1926.

Oversize Box 3 6

Concession #22 (“C22"): Oriental Concession Co. (Part 2); Concession #28 (“C28"): Centennial Candy Co. (Part 4), June-December 1926; May-October 1926.

Oversize Box 3 7

Concessions #46 and #48: Koelle- Comfort Stations, June 1926-January 1927.

Oversize Box 3 8

Stadium Events: Auditorium (A10-A101, incomplete) Reports of Ticket Sales, June 9-July 23, 1926.

Oversize Box 3 9

Stadium Events (S-100) Reports- “Freedom” Pageant (Part 3), July-September 1926.

Oversize Box 3 10

Stadium Events (S-101-S-299), incomplete Reports of Ticket Sales, July 2-November 27, 1926.

Oversize Box 3 11

Stadium Events: Football Games (S-282-S-295).

Oversize Box 3 12
232-4-7.7. Progress Division, April 1926. 1 folder.
Box Folder

Reports of Division Head (George J. Siedler), April 1926.

A-1473 32

232-4-7.8. Appropriation ledger, January 1925-August 1926. 1 vol. Indexed. Shelved with scrapbooks.

232-4-8. Department of Foreign Participation.

Scope and Contents note

Wright's letter to Collier, October 2, 1925, relays information about countries which had thus far agreed to participate. Additionally, the file includes a copy of an informative letter from Mayor Kendrick to Secretary of State Frank Kellogg, May 5, 1925, outlining support authorized for the Sesqui-Centennial up to that date. Captain Asher Carter Baker, director of foreign exhibits, who succeeded Collier as director-in-chief, traveled throughout Europe to promote interest in the Sesqui-Centennial among foreign exhibitors. After Baker's death in May 1926, Joseph R. Wilson became the next director general and oversaw many of the events at the Sesqui-Centennial involving foreign participants.

232-4-8.1. Correspondence & Files, 1922-1927. 2 cu. ft. (98 folders) + 4 legal size folders + 1 oversize folder + 1 map case file + 1 blueprint file.
Scope and Contents note

Approximately three-fourths of this material pertains to the planning of international aspects of the exposition by Col. Baker and his associates from 1922-1926. The remaining portion documents events which took place after the opening of the exposition (May-October 1926) when Joseph R. Wilson served as department head. The material is filed alphabetically by name of country. Materials concerning foreign-governmental participation found in Wilson's files as head of the Department of Education and Social Economy have been integrated with the records of the Department of Foreign Participation.

The files from 1922-1926 contain correspondence between Sesqui-Centennial officials and representatives of foreign nations and foreign manufacturing and trade firms regarding pavilions, displays, booths, concessions, events, and other international features of the exposition. Included are inquiries from prospective foreign participants dating from as early as 1922; and from a number of other foreign countries which had already expressed interest before formal arrangements for international participation began in the spring of 1925. However, the bulk of the material dates from May 1925--when President Coolidge issued invitations through the U.S. State Department to officially make this an international exposition--up to the opening of the exposition in May 1926. Included is correspondence from Frank B. Kellogg, Secretary of State, Albert H. Washburne, American minister to Austria, and other U. S. State Department officials; and correspondence of many of America’s commercial attaches--that is, officials of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, U. S. Department of Commerce--who actively assisted Sesqui-Centennial officers in approaching potential foreign exhibitors.

The general correspondence file (A/0.3.0) covers the period from roughly July 1924 to June 1926. The earliest material is found in a legal-size folder labeled "Summaries 1924." It contains a report summarizing inquiries from prospective overseas exhibitors from 1922-1924. Also of interest is the folder “Foreign-Language Speaking Groups in Philadelphia,” filed with legal-sized material, which includes lists of representatives of various foreign language speaking groups in Philadelphia, members of the city's Italian Chamber of Commerce, and Swedish, Russian, British, and Polish organizations who could be approached about participating at Sesqui. In at least one instance (Swedish), American ethnic groups cooperated in sponsoring an exhibit about their home country, and Italian-Americans helped sponsor an "Italia" spectacle.

The bulk of the general correspondence from 1924-1926 is made up of internal exchanges between Sesqui-Centennial officials such as updates on the amount of space reserved by various countries, floor plans, lists of special representatives in foreign countries, and information about concessions such as Old Vienna (Austria), the Roumanian Village, Neurnberger Market Platz (Germany), and Treasure Island (England). The files also include incoming correspondence and copies of outgoing responses by the officers most involved in planning international displays at the exposition including Director-in-Chief Collier until his resignation in October 1925; Assistant Director A. L. Sutton; E. L. Austin, Captain Asher C. Baker, and L. R. Meisenhelter, Director of Exhibits through the spring of 1926. Among the more interesting items are exchanges between Collier and Don Ricarao de Villafranca, Director of the Latin American Department, International Trade Exhibition, Inc., New Orleans, over the summer of 1925 concerning representation of Latin American countries, and carbon copies of Meisenhelter’s letters to foreign exhibitors and their agents and brokers containing detailed information about rental fees, shipping instructions, and installation of displays.

Folders (A/03.01), Diplomats, document interaction between Sesqui-Centennial officials and diplomats. The first folder contains letters from foreign governments and commercial firms expressing interest in the exposition from 1922-24. The second folder contains material concerning the invitation of foreign representatives and their participation in the Sesqui-Centennial from 1925-26. It is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent Included are U. S. Department of State diplomatic lists for February, September, November, and December 1925, listing names and addresses of ambassadors, commercial attaches, and other embassy officials, and lists of Sesqui’s special commissioners in foreign countries. The correspondence includes incoming letters to Col. Collier and Capt. Baker from persons seeking appointments as special commissioners and business envoys to popularize the Sesqui-Centennial exposition in Europe and Asia; organizations such as the International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association which obtained authorization for their members to promote the Sesqui-Centennial exposition in public presentations; applications from other persons interested in representing the Sesqui-Centennial exposition abroad; and exchanges with officials in the Department of State regarding procedures for issuing letters of introduction. The third folder contains exchanges of correspondence between Col. Collier and William Franklin Sands, a former diplomat interested in assisting Collier, dating from 1922 to 1925. Of interest is Sands’s candid letter of May 10, 1925, in which he warned Collier to beware of the inbred conservatism of Philadelphians when making plans for the exposition. Folder (A/03.11), Foreign Consuls, contains lists of foreign consuls in Philadelphia and carbons of letters sent to the consuls by Sesqui’s Director of Exhibits.

The remainder of sequence (A/03.12-A/03.88) consists of folders of correspondence with individual countries, 1925-1926. These files are of two types. Those labeled with the name of the country and the word “Consul” include such items as carbons of letters inviting ambassadors of each country to participate and letters from Col. Collier or Capt. Baker regarding the selection of sites and displays; responses from foreign officials, often in their native languages; memoranda regarding meetings with foreign delegations in Philadelphia or elsewhere; and discussion of the designation of special days to recognize each country’s contributions to world history. Folders which do not specify “Consul” include both correspondence with ambassadors and embassy staff representing each country and with private firms or agencies which booked exhibit space at the exposition. In the case of Germany, for instance, various manufacturing companies had arranged to exhibit at the Sesqui-Centennial before the German government had officially responded to the President’s invitation to participate, and the correspondence details these arrangements. Typical of other materials to be found are correspondence between the Sesqui-Centennial’s Division of Publicity and foreign trade groups which were trying to promote the Sesqui-Centennial overseas; letters from U.S. offices of foreign newspapers and editors of foreign magazines who were doing feature stories on the Sesqui-centennial; and applications for concessions. The files reveal perceptions of exposition overseas and report on such things as the difficulty of getting information, the lack of publicity, the lack of awareness about arrangements for the Sesqui-Centennial on the part of American foreign trade representatives, and difficulties experienced by exposition officials in winning the confidence of prospective foreign exhibitors.

Finally, the material documents specific exhibits and events. The Roumania folders detail the visit of Marie Queen of Roumania on October 21, 1926, and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra concert on that occasion. Files on Japanese participation include clippings about the envoy's visit.

Box Folder

Correspondence with Foreign Nations- General A-Z, 1924-1926.

A-1473 33

Diplomats, Part 1, 1922-1924.

A-1473 34

Diplomats, Part 2- A-Z, 1925.

A-1473 35

Diplomats, Part 3- Sands, William Franklin, 1925.

A-1473 36

Foreign Consuls, 1925.

A-1473 37


A-1473 38


A-1473 39

Argentina (consul).

A-1473 40

Argentina, September-October 1928.

A-1473 41


A-1473 42

Austria, Part 1- A-K.

A-1473 43

Austria, Part 2- L-W.

A-1473 44

Austria, Part 3- Max Grab.

A-1473 45

Austria, Part 4, May-November 1926.

A-1473 46


A-1473 47


A-1473 48

Brazil, Part 1.

A-1473 49

Brazil, Part 2.

A-1473 50

Brazil, Part 3.

A-1473 51

Brazil, June-November 1926.

A-1473 52


A-1473 53

Canada, Part 1- A-H.

A-1474 1

Canada, Part 2- C-M.

A-1474 2

Canada, Part 3- N-W.

A-1474 3

Central America, August-November 1926.

A-1474 4

Chile- Consul.

A-1474 5

Chile, June-October 1926.

A-1474 6

China, October 1926.

A-1474 7

China, Commercial Press Exhibit.

A-1474 8

Colombia, July 1926.

A-1474 9

Cuba, October 1926.

A-1474 10

Czechoslovakia, Part 1.

A-1474 11

Czechoslovakia, Part 2.

A-1474 12

Czechoslovakia, Part 3.

A-1474 13

Czechoslovakia, Part 4.

A-1474 14

Czechoslovakia, September-November 1926.

A-1474 15

Denmark, August-September 1926.

A-1474 16

Dominican Republic.

A-1474 17


A-1474 18


A-1474 19


A-1474 20

Finland (consul).

A-1474 21

Forwarding Companies.

A-1474 22

France, May-June 1926.

A-1474 23

Georgia (Republic of).

A-1474 24

Germany, Part 1.

A-1474 25

Germany, Part 2.

A-1474 26

Germany, Part 3.

A-1474 27

Germany, Part 4.

A-1474 28

Germany, Part 5.

A-1474 29

Germany- Kauer, Schiro (Dr.).

A-1474 30

Germany, May-December 1926.

A-1474 31

Great Britain, Part 1- General-A.

A-1474 32

Great Britain, Part 2- B-D.

A-1474 33

Great Britain, Part 3- E.

A-1474 34

Great Britain, Part 4- H-P.

A-1474 35

Great Britain, Part 5- R-Y.

A-1474 36

Great Britain, July-December 1926.

A-1474 37


A-1474 38


A-1474 39

Guatemala (consul).

A-1474 40


A-1474 41


A-1474 42

Hungary, August 1926.

A-1474 43

India, September 1926.

A-1474 44

Italy, July-October 1926.

A-1474 45

Japan, Part 1, July-December 1926.

A-1474 46

Japan, Part 2, June 1926-January 1927.

A-1474 47

Japan- Japanese Exhibits, 1926.

A-1474 48


A-1474 49


A-1474 50


A-1474 51

New Zealand.

A-1474 52


A-1474 53

Norway, October-November 1926.

A-1474 54

Nova Scotia.

A-1474 55


A-1475 1

Persia, Part 1.

A-1475 2

Persia, Part 2.

A-1475 3


A-1475 4


A-1475 5

Poland, August-September 1926.

A-1475 6

Roumania- “Queen Marie” visit, Part 1.

A-1475 7

Roumania, Part 2.

A-1475 8

Roumania, Part 3.

A-1475 9

Roumania, Part 4.

A-1475 10


A-1475 11


A-1475 12

South Africa- Union 01.

A-1475 13

South America- Misc.

A-1475 14

Spain, October 1926.

A-1475 15

Sweden, May-November 1926.

A-1475 16

Switzerland- Consul.

A-1475 17


A-1475 18


A-1475 19


A-1475 20


A-1475 21


A-1475 22

Correspondence- General A-Z, Summaries, 1924.

A-1479 51

Argentina, Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Roumania, Yugoslavia.

A-1479 52

Japan- Dinner Menu Booklets, Red Cross, Seating Chart, June 25, 1926.

A-1479 53

General A-Z, Foreign Language Speaking Groups Philadelphia.

A-1479 54

Japan--- Present Day Japan (publication), 1926.

Oversize Box 3 10
Map-case Drawer

Posters and broadsides: Ad for Sesqui-Centennial in Excelsior Polski.

R 3 / Folder 10

Blueprints: Plan of the Turkish Quarter at the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, 1926. M.Fildier, Architecte D.P.L.G. Paris, November 28, 1925.

U-1 12 / Item 24

Blueprints: Persian Building, Sesqui-Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1926, Proof and Position, C. A. Ziegler, Architect, undated.

U-1 12 / Item 24.5

232-4-9. Department of Pageantry.

Scope and Contents note

This department organized the major pageants such as the "Freedom" extravaganza at the exposition. It also helped organize parades, military displays, and other activities requiring formal ceremonies.

Includes a copy of the 30-page printed program for Freedom: Mammoth Historical, Educational and Musical Spectacle presented in Commemoration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of American Independence at the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition staged by R. H. Burnside with scenario by Department of Pageantry director William W. Matos. A dramatization of the evolution of freedom from the Stone Age to the twentieth century, this pageant consisted of a 3-part sequence which was presented every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings. Photos of the pageant are found in (232-2.6).

232-4-9.1. Program for "Freedom" Pageant, 1926. 1 volume, no index.
Box Folder

“Freedom” Pageant Program.

A-1475 23

232-4-10. Department of Publicity.

Scope and Contents note

This department generated publicity for external circulation as well as programs of daily and weekly events for distribution at the exposition. The department's director, Odell Hauser, had been a political and editorial writer for the Philadelphia Press and  Public Ledger before his appointment to the Sesqui-Centennial staff.

232-4-10.1. Correspondence & Files, 1926. 3 legal size folders.
Scope and Contents note

Includes press releases, correspondence, literature received, and miscellaneous loose clippings about the exposition. For clippings, see also (232-2.7), scrapbook clippings.

Box Folder

Literature: Printed Articles.

A-1480 1

Literature: Received.

A-1480 2

Literature: Printed Articles- Newsclips (originals).

A-1480 3
232-4-10.2. Sesquicentennial Newsletters, 1925-1926. 3 folders + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

Includes the Sesqui Newsogram, volume 1, numbers 1 and 2 (November and December 1925), 3 issues of untitled newsletters published in broadside format, 1925-1926; and miscellaneous copies of the Sesqui-Centennial Bulletin.

Box Folder

Sesqui News-o-grams, November 1925.

A-1475 24

“Palace of Fashion” issue, December 1925.

A-1475 25

Promotional Booklet, 1926.

A-1475 26
Map-case Drawer

Broadside format, no title, March 25, 1925; February 14 1925?; May 31, 1926. 3 issues.

R 3 / Folder 11

Sesqui-Centennial Bulletin, Broadside format, April 1923, August 17, October 14, 1925; March [?], October 18 1926. 5 issues.

R 3 11
232-4-10.3. Sesquicentennial Pamphlets, 1926. 2 volumes.
Scope and Contents note

Includes Celebrating 150 Years of American Independence (circa April 1926) and  Ring It Again! The Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition.

Box Folder

“Celebrating 150 Years", circa April 1926.

A-1475 27

“Ring it Again”, 1926.

A-1475 28
232-4-10.4. Posters, 1926. 1 folder + 1 oversize folder + 1 map case file.
Box Folder

"The Sesquicentennial International Exposition/ Philadelphia/1776-1926/150 Years of American Independence." Color; Liberty Bell in center; surrounded by 2 American flags, small insert illustrations of Independence Hall and Municipal Stadium, 1926.

A-1475 29

"Sesquicentennial 1776-1926/Philadelphia/ June to December 1926." Color. Miss Liberty figure holding flags of foreign nations, 1926.

A-1475 29


Oversize Box 3 11
Map-case Drawer

"The Voice of the Liberty Bell".

R 3 / Folder 11

"American Welcomes the World," supplement to Sunday Star, March 28, 1926.

R 3 11
232-4-10.5. American Teacher-American Youth Award, 1926. 1 folder + 1 oversize folder + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

Odell Hauser directed this program in which each state was invited to select two high school students who best exemplified American ideals of youth, and one woman school teacher who has accomplished the greatest good for the students of her state, to participate in a week-long "patriotic pilgrimage" to Philadelphia.

Files include a program brochure, announcement, press release, application forms, and book of medalists.

Box Folder


A--1475 30

Application Forms.

Oversize Box 3 12
Map-case Drawer Folder

Poster, undated.

R 3 11
232-4-10.6. Programs of Events, 1926. 27 folders + 16 legal size folders. No index.
Scope and Contents note

Includes copies of the Official Sesqui-Centennial Daily Program (August 13-November 17, 1926) which was issued weekly in the form of a printed booklet; the printed Official Events Program booklet listing all events from May 31-December 1, 1926 and probably published toward the beginning of the exposition; Official Daily Program press releases issued by Hauser's department on legal-sized typed, mimeographed sheets (the files contain mimeographs or carbon copies of the programs for June 29-November 30, 1926, with the exception of several dates which are missing); and Weekly Official Programs issued by this department in a typed, mimoegraphed format for the weeks of July 21-September 25, 1926. The file also includes Weekly Programs issued by the Information Bureau staffed by George Zimmer, Assistant to Sesqui-Centennial business manager E. L. Austin, in a typed, mimeographed format; Daily Programs issued by the Information Bureau, June 22-September 1, 1926; and daily memoranda from Zimmer to Austin listing program activities scheduled for that day. The file contains originals and carbon copies of memoranda for June 9-June 22 and several other days.

Box Folder

Games Schedule, March 1926.

A-1475 31

Tentative Program of Events, March 15, 1926.

A-1475 32

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, June 14, 1926.

A-1475 32.5

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, August 13, 26, 1926.

A-1475 33

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, September 1, 8, 1926.

A-1475 34

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, September 20, 1926.

A-1475 35

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 5, 6, 1926.

A-1475 36

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 7, 8, 1926.

A-1475 37

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 9, 10, 1926.

A-1475 38

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 11, 12, 1926.

A-1475 39

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 13, 14, 1926.

A-1475 40

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 15, 16, 1926.

A-1475 41

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 17, 18, 1926.

A-1475 42

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 19, 20, 1926.

A-1475 43

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 21, 22, 1926.

A-1475 44

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 23, 24, 1926.

A-1475 45

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 25, 26, 1926.

A-1475 46

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 28, 1926.

A-1475 47

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 29, 30, 1926.

A-1475 48

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, October 31, November 1, 1926.

A-1475 49

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 2-3, 1926.

A-1475 50

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 4-5, 1926.

A-1475 51

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 6, 8, 1926.

A-1475 52

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 9-10, 1926.

A-1475 53

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 11-12,1926.

A-1475 54

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 13, 15/16, 1926.

A-1475 55

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 17/18,19/20, 1926.

A-1475 56

Official Sesquicentennial Daily Program, November 22/23, 24/25, 26/27, 1926.

A-1475 57

Official Events Program (booklet).

A-1480 4

Official Events Program (booklet).

A-1480 5

Official Daily Programs, June 29-August 31, 1926.

A-1480 6

Official Daily Programs, July 21-September 25, 1926.

A-1480 7

Official Daily Programs, August-September 30, 1926.

A-1480 8

Official Daily Programs, October 1-15, 1926.

A-1480 9

Official Daily Programs, October 16-31, 1926.

A-1480 10

Official Daily Programs, November 1-10, 1926.

A-1480 11

Official Daily Programs, November 11-20, 1926.

A-1480 12

Official Daily Programs, November 21-30, 1926.

A-1480 13

Weekly Programs (Information Bureau), June 28-July 31, 1926.

A-1480 14

Weekly Programs (Information Bureau), August 2- , 1926.

A-1480 15

Daily Programs (Information Bureau), June 8-30, 1926.

A-1480 16

Daily Programs (Information Bureau), July 1-15, 1926.

A-1480 17

Daily Programs (Information Bureau), July 16-30, 1926.

A-1480 18

Daily Programs (Information Bureau), August 1-September 1, 1926.

A-1480 19

232-4-11. Women's Department.

Scope and Contents note

Formed in the fall of 1925, the Women's Department performed a variety of functions in the Sesqui-Centennial. Its chief duty was to provide hospitality to exposition visitors. On a regular, ongoing basis, the department looked after the comfort of visitors, conducted a room registry, produced and distributed publicity, set up information booths throughout the city, and organized guided tours of historical sites. More generally speaking, the department fostered an appreciation of women's roles in American society by promoting exhibits and observances focusing on women's issues, hosting receptions in connection with special days, and recruiting volunteers from women's organizations to staff these activities. The most well known project was "High Street of 1776," a replicated version of Philadelphia's early Market Street prepared under the direction of the Women's Department on the exposition grounds. Although the emphasis of the High Street display was on the historical and architectural character of the city on the eve of independence, the reconstruction also contained exhibits focusing on twentieth-century topics such as voting which was depicted in a display produced by the League of Women Voters.

The Women's Department included a board of officers and an administrator. The Women's Board was made up mainly of women from the Delaware Valley and chaired by Mrs. J. Willis Martin. Mrs. Martin had a broad background in organizational and social welfare work as a founder of the Garden Club of America, founder and first vice-president of Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania, member of the advisory council of the Philadelphia Trade School for Girls, president of the Emergency Aid Realty Corporation, vice-chairman of the Women's Advisory Council, Department of Health, and as a former member of the State Welfare Commission and Council of Defense. Other board officers included Mrs. Edward W. Biddle, vice chair; Mrs. J. Gardner Cassatt, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Graham Dougherty, treasurer; Mrs. Stanley Flagg, foreign participation; Mrs. Wilmer J. Krusen, receiving secretary; and Gertrude H. Leidy, executive secretary. The director of the department was Mrs. Elmer E. Melick.

232-4-11.1. Correspondence & Files, 1925-1926. 0.5 cu. ft. (47 folders) + 2 legal size folders.
Scope and Contents note

Include correspondence of concerning the formation of the Women's Department in 1925, the appointment of board members, carbon copies of letters from Mrs. Melick to board members concerning meetings and functions, and files pertaining to programs and activities organized by the Women's Department such as lodging arrangements, motor routes, and information booths for visitors, material concerning special events and programs, correspondence with women's organizations including college clubs and Catholic and Jewish women's groups, instructions for departmental volunteers, and other files pertaining to women's activities at the Sesqui-Centennial including the Girl Scout Model Home and the national Better Homes in America organization.

Box Folder

Dougherty, Mrs. Graham- Treasurer, February-September 1926.

A-1476 1

Flagg, Mrs. Stanley- Foreign, March-June 1926.

A-1476 2

Krusen, Mrs. Wilmer J.- Recording Secretary, February-October 1926.

A-1476 3

Leidy, Gertrude H.- Executive Secretary, November-December 1925.

A-1476 4

Martin, Mrs. J. Willis- Chair, October 1925-September 1926.

A-1476 5

Biddle, Mrs. Edward W.- Vice-Chairman, October 1926.

A-1476 6

Cassatt, Mrs. J. Gardner- Corresponding Secretary.

A-1476 7

Kendrick, W. Freeland, October 1925-July 1926.

A-1476 8

Melick, Mrs. Elmer E.- Dir. Women’s Activities, April-August 1926.

A-1476 9

Activities- Better Homes in America Week, January 1926.

A-1476 10

Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia), July-August 1926.

A-1476 11

Events: Conventions (Part 1), August-September 1926.

A-1476 12

Events: Conventions (Part 2), August-September 1926.

A-1476 13

Events: Form Letters, January-February 1926.

A-1476 14

Events: Girl Scout Model Homes/ “Better Homes in America”, February-October 1926.

A-1476 15

Events: Housing, May-July 1926.

A-1476 16

Events: Misc, March-April 1926.

A-1476 17

Misc.: Motor Route, January-February 1926.

A-1476 19

Misc.: Passes (Part 1), September-October 1926.

A-1476 19

Misc.: Passes (Part 2), July-September 1926.

A-1476 20

Misc.: Passes (Part 3), June-July 1926.

A-1476 21

Misc.: Passes (Part 4)- Flag Day, June 1926.

A-1476 22

Misc.: Programs, June-November 1926.

A-1476 23

Misc.: Restaurants, circa July 1926.

A-1476 24

Misc.: Special Days, June-October 1926.

A-1476 25

Misc.: Special Events (Part 1), January-October 1926.

A-1476 26

Misc.: Special Events (Part 2)- Market Street Merchants’ Association Dinner, March 1926.

A-1476 27

Events: Misc.- Guides, May-August 1926.

A-1476 28

Events: Misc.- Voting Machine Display, May-June 1926.

A-1476 29

Publicity: Literature- Sesqui- Misc. (Part 1), March-November 1926.

A-1476 30

Publicity: Literature- Sesqui- (Part 2), November 1925-August 1926.

A-1476 31

Publicity: Literature- Misc. (Part 3), March-July 1926.

A-1476 32

Publicity: Literature- Clipping Service, July-October 1926.

A-1476 33

Publicity: Literature- Clipping Service- “High Street 1776", February-May 1926.

A-1476 34

Publicity: Literature- Information Booths, July-October 1926.

A-1476 35

Publicity: Guide, August-October 1926.

A-1476 36

Publicity: Literature- Historical Stations, August 1926.

A-1476 37

Publicity: Literature- Lists, circa 1926.

A-1476 38

Publicity: Literature- Radio Address on “High Street 1776", June-July 1926.

A-1476 39

Clubs, Societies: College Clubs, September 1926.

A-1476 40

Clubs, Societies: Catholic Organizations, February-May 1926.

A-1476 41

Clubs, Societies: Colonial Dames, December 1925-October 1926.

A-1476 42

Clubs, Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution, March 1926.

A-1476 43

Clubs, Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution-Washington House (Headquarters).

A-1476 44

Clubs, Societies: Eastern Star, January 1926.

A-1476 45

Clubs, Societies: Jewish Women, January-May 1926.

A-1476 46

Clubs, Societies: Misc, March 1925-January 1926.

A-1476 47

Publicity: Miscellaneous Artwork for New Brochure.

A-1480 20

Literature: Clipping Service--Women’s Board.

A-1480 21
232-4-11.2. Printed Literature, 1925-1926. 3 folders + 1 legal size folder + 1 map case file.
Scope and Contents note

Include Anna Robeson Burr's The City We Visit: Old Philadelphia (1926), the official book of the Women's Division of the Sesqui-Centennial, and copies of other pamphlets issued by the department such as  Places of Interest in Philadelphia,  High Street, Old Philadelphia, 1730-1790,  A Brief Guide to Various Exhibits, and  Historic Germantown by Motor Bus, and two files of press releases and printed items about the Sesqui, 1925-1926. For additional material relating to the work of the Women's Department in publicizing Sesqui, see also (232-4-10.1), Department of Publicity.

Box Folder

Sesquicentennial: A Brief Guide to Various Exhibits.

A-1476 48

Printed Articles, November 1925-March 1926.

A-1476 49

Pamphlets and Brochures, January-June 1926.

A-1476 50

Miscellaneous, undated.

A-1480 22
Map-case Drawer

Posters and Broadsides: High Street of 1776.

R 3 / Folder 10

232-4-12. Department of Works.

Scope and Contents note

The Department of Works was responsible for supervising the construction and development of the exposition buildings and grounds. Its personnel included R. J. Pearse, Director; W. P. Wetzel, Assistant Director; John Molitor, supervising architect; C. E. Tefft, chief of the Sculptural Division; William de Leftwich Dodge, Chief of Color; F. A. Robinson, chief of the Division of Landscape; W. J. Sutphen, Sanitary Engineer; L. T. Darrin, chief of the Electrical Division; and a Drafting Division with architect Louis Kahn serving as Chief Designer. Molitor, who was the Philadelphia City Architect, produced the detail plans for the exposition with the help of assistants from his office.

232-4-12.1. Specifications/Construction, 1925-1926. 16 folders.
Scope and Contents note

Includes specifications for steel buildings used for storage units and garages; the Administration Building (Work No. 585); Exposition Building #1 (Work No. 588); Exposition Building #2 (Work No. 592); Auditorium (Work No. 596); Sub-Station in Plaza (Work No. 609); Exposition Building #9 (Work No. 612); Tower of Light (Work No. 622); Electrical Substations for Exposition (No Work No.); Standard Specifications for the Material and Workmanship of Bridges (City of Philadelphia, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, 1925); High Pressure Fire Protection System; Grading, Lagoons/Gladway and Macadam Roadway; and Miscellaneous Small Projects. Specifications for Works Numbers 585-622 are bound, mimeographed documents issued by the Office of the City Architect from April 1925-April 1926. These are not signed contracts but rather a set of office copies of building specifications used by the administrative staff. Some of the specifications marked "miscellaneous" are signed by contractors and specify contractors' estimates and other details of bidding and construction. Other "miscellaneous" specifications are neither signed nor dated to indicate whether the job was actually was let to a contractor.

Additional architectural plans for the Sesqui-Centennial may be found in (232-4-3.2 and 232-4-3.3) and in the files of the Art Commission Jury, Philadelphia City Archives.

Box Folder

Steel Buildings.

A-1476 51

New Building for Fire Headquarters, 1328 Race St. (Work #541).

A-1476 52

Administration Building (Work #585).

A-1476 53

Administration Building- second copy (Work #585).

A-1476 54

Exposition Building #1 (Work #588)- two copies.

A-1476 55

Exposition Building #2 (Work #592).

A-1476 56

Auditorium (Work #596).

A-1476 57

Sub-station in Plaza (Work #609).

A-1476 58

Exposition Building #9 (Work #612).

A-1476 59

Tower of Light (Work #622).

A-1476 60

Electrical Substations for Exposition.

A-1476 61

Specifications for Material and Workmanship of Bridges, 1925.

A-1476 62

Misc. High Pressure Fire Protection System.

A-1476 63

Misc. Grading- Lagoons/Gladway.

A-1476 64

Misc. Grading- Macadam Roadway.

A-1476 65

Misc. Small Projects.

A-1476 66

232-5. Receivers' Files.

Scope and Contents note

The bill in equity under which receivers were appointed was filed April 23, 1927. Francis Shunk Brown, Esq., and E. L. Austin were appointed by the court as receivers of the property assets of the Sesqui-Centennial Association. Austin, who had been connected with the exposition since his appointment as its business manager on June 15, 1926, and later as its director-in-chief, was appointed a receiver on April 23, 1927. The work of the receivers involved carrying out the work of the Jury of Awards, which was not completed until March 1928, and included settlement of 3,000 awards; employing watchmen and engineers to guard the buildings and their contents; and inventorying and appraising the physical value of all the properties that had come into the possession of the Sesqui-Centennial. The inventory was completed by June 1927, and a series of auctions was held at the exposition grounds in July-August 1927.

On September 22, 1927, the District Court of the U.S. Eastern District of Pennsylvania appointed a special master, John Arthur Brown, for the purpose of passing upon the claims of the Association's creditors. Notices were sent out to all the creditors to protect their claims. Frank A. Moorshead, Esq., was counsel for the receivers.

232-5.1. Correspondence & Files, 1927-1931. 0.75 cu. ft. (39 folders) + 3 legal size folders + 1 oversize folder.

Scope and Contents note

Includes summative information and letters concerning individual exhibitors. Folder 1 contains letters from the office of the National Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Washington, D.C., requesting statements about the rigins, scope, participation, attendance, and financial arrangements for the exhibition which were addressed to the first official Sesqui-Centennial exposition historian, Joseph R. Wilson, and forwarded to E. L. Austin. Folder 2 contains an alphabetical list of the Association's creditors and their addresses. Folders 3-25 concern awards made by the Jury of Awards including 7 folders of correspondence with exhibitors in the British section. Folders 26-33 concern the salvage operation and auction sale.

Box Folder

Inquiries Regarding Sesquicentennial, July-November 1927.

A-1477 1

List of Creditors, circa 1927-1929.

A-1477 2

232-5.1.  General Correspondence (Part 1), February 1927-April 1929.

A-1477 3

General Correspondence (Part 2), February 1927-April 1929.

A-1477 4

Claims Against Sesqui Association (Part 1), 1927-1929.

A-1477 5

Claims Against Sesqui Association (Part 2), 1927-1929.

A-1477 6

Court Papers, 1929-1931.

A-1477 7

Fairmount Park Commission, July 1927-June 1928.

A-1477 8

Foreign Participation: British (Part 1), December 1925-April 1927.

A-1477 9

Foreign Participation: British (Part 2), August 1926-April 1927.

A-1477 10

Foreign Participation: British (Part 3), April-November 1927.

A-1477 11

Foreign Participation: British (Part 4)- Jury of Awards Applicant Questionnaires.

A-1477 12

Foreign Participation: British (Part 5) Jury of Awards- Awards Withdrawn and Given.

A-1477 13

Foreign Participation: British (Part 6)- Jury of Awards- Awards Withdrawn and Given.

A-1477 14

Foreign Participation: British (Part 7)- Jury of Awards- Awards Withdrawn and Given.

A-1477 15

Foreign Participation: Chinese Awards, December 1926-February 1929.

A-1477 16

Jury of Awards (Part 1), August-September 1927.

A-1477 17

Jury of Awards (Part 2), June 1927-January 1928.

A-1477 18

Jury of Awards (Part 3), July 1927-April 1929.

A-1477 19

Jury of Awards (Part 4)- Mayor’s Service Award- Clippings, August 1927.

A-1477 20

Moorshead, Frank A., Esq.- Claims Against Sesqui, July 1927-February 1928.

A-1477 21

Participation Certificates, February 1926-January 1929.

A-1477 22

Sesqui Records, July 1927.

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Spanish Participation, August-December 1926.

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Sulgrave Manor, January 1926-February 1927.

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Salvage: General Correspondence (Part 1), October 1926-April 1927.

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Salvage: Correspondence (Part 2), January-August 1927.

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Salvage: Correspondence (Part 3), May-August 1927.

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Salvage: Correspondence (Part 4), July 1927-June 1929.

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Salvage: Correspondence (Part 5)- Samuel T. Freeman & Co. Sample Auction Catalogs, 1921-1922.

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Salvage: Progress Reports on Demolition and Removal of Bldgs, September 1927-May 1928.

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Salvage: Koelle and Rogers- Concession #100 (Public Lavatories), March-July 1927.

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Salvage: Ranson and Co., Auctioneers.

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General Correspondence, 1927.

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Foreign Participation: British Section, December 1925-April 1927.

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Receivers’ Files--Correspondence and Files: Foreign Participation: Chinese Awards, Dec. 1926-Feb. 1929.

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232-5.2. Auction Catalogue of Receivers' Sale, July-August 1927. 6 vols. + 1 oversize folder. No index.
Scope and Contents note

Include copies of the receivers' sale in equity catalogues of items sold in sales on exposition grounds: Police Equipment, Restaurant Equipment, Theatrical Equipment (July 18);  Plumbing Equipment and Plumbing Supplies, Lawn and Garden Equipment (July 22);  Large Quantity of Electrical Equipment (July 28);  Automobiles and Trucks, Office Furniture, and Office Equipment (August 2);  Buildings and Structures (August 8-9).

Box Folder

Salvage: Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Police, Restaurant and Theatrical Equipment, July 18, 1927.

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Salvage: Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Plumbing Equipment and Garden Supplies, July 22, 1927.

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Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Electrical Equipment, July 28, 1927.

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Salvage: Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Automobiles and Trucks, August 2, 1927.

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Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Buildings and Structures, August 8, 9, 1927.

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Receivers’ Sale in Equity Catalogues- Bound Volume, All Catalogues, July-August 1927.

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232-5.3. Daily Cash Reports, April 30, 1927-May 31, 1928. 0.25 cu. ft. (17 folders + 5 legal size folders).
Box Folder

April 30-May 16, 1927.

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May 18-May 31, 1927.

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June 1-June 20, 1927.

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June 21-July 28, 1927.

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June 28-30 and July 18-30, 1927.

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August 1-13, 1927.

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August 16-31, 1927.

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September 1-15, 1927.

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September 16-30, 1927.

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October 11-31, 1927 (October 1-10 missing).

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November 1-30, 1927.

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December 1-31, 1927.

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January 1-31, 1928.

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February 1-29, 1928.

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March 1-31 1928.

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April 1-30, 1928.

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May 1-31, 1928.

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November 30, 1926; June 1-November 30, 1927.

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Accounts Receivable (List), June 30, 1927.

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Reconciliations of Bank Account, June-November 1927.

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General Journal Entries- U.S. Customs, July 1927.

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Press Release- Financial Report Issued through Newspapers, June 20, 1927.

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232-5.3.  Auction circulars, undated.

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232-5.4. Transcripts of Equity Proceedings in Case of John D. Cardinell vs. Sesqui-Centennial Association, January 25-November 25, 1928. 1.25 cu. ft. Index.
Scope and Contents note

Consist of the typed transcript of meetings and hearings held before the special mas