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Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition Association. Board of Directors

[Record Group 232-3]

232-3.1 Minutes
3 June 1921 - 22 April 1927
2 volumes, 18 folders, partial index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
232-3.2 Correspondence and Files
39 folders, no index
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.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
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