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Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association

[Record Group 232-2]

232-2.1 Charter and By-Laws
1921, revised 1926
2 folders, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
232-2.2 Minutes
14 February 1921 - June 1925
2 volumes, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
232-2.3 Correspondence
1921-1923
6 folders, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
232-2.4 Official History
1926
1 volume, no index
A copy of 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). 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 (Record Series 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 232-4-7.1), 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 Jury of Awards - Awards List. 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 and in the files of the Department of Domestic Participation and Special Events .
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
232-2.5 Printed Material (Non-Official)
1926
6 folders, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
232-2.6 Photographs
1926
5 volumes, 2 cu.ft., no index
Includes approximately 4,000 photographs from varied sources. The largest body of photographs are those taken by the exhibition's official photographer, John Cardinell. They depict exhibits, buildings construction scenes, distinguished visitors, entertainments, sporting events, and the "Freedom" extravaganza. U.S. Navy photographs include those of Navy exhibits, personnel, equipment, and the aircraft factory on the Philadelphia Naval Base. Other photographs include those of the Amateur Athletic Union Games of 1926 and building designs. The bulk of these photographs are pasted in bound volumes in a scrapbook-like format; these volumes are partially indexed. Additionally, the series contains 2 cubic ft. of loose prints. Filed in with the loose prints is a typescript index labeled "Catalogue of Sesqui Pictures as Listed on the Fly Leaf of Each Book." The typescript is an index to a 27-volume set of photographs which is not available at the Philadelphia City Archives. A copy of this 27-volume work is available in the Business, Science and Industry Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Series 232-2.6 is not processed.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
232-2.7 Scrapbooks
1922-1927
18 volumes, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
232-2.8 Financial Records
November 1923-February 1924
3 folders, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
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