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United States Centennial Commission

[Record Group 230-1]

230-1.1 Minutes & Journal
1872-1876, 1879
6 volumes, partial index
The minutes exist in manuscript form from 1872 to 1875 and in published form as the Journal of the Proceedings of the United States Centennial Commission. The published minutes cover the various sessions held throughout 1872, May 1873, May 1874, April 1876 and January 1879.

The printed volume for 1872 includes seven appendices: the Report of the Executive Committee on 4 December 1872, An address by the United States Centennial Commission to the People of the United States, Report of the Executive Commissioner on 4 December 1872, System of Classification, the Report of the Committee on Tariffs and Transportation, and two additional appendices. This volume is indexed.

The printed volume for 1873 also includes the Report of the Executive Committee, the Report of the Secretary, the Report of the Committee on Plans and Architecture, and the Report of the Committee on By-Laws.

The printed volume for 1874 includes the Reports of the Executive Committee & Secretary, Report on the Classification, Report on the Committee on Conference, a Memorial to Congress, and additional appendices relating to resolutions by the California State Grange of Patrons of Husbandry and the National Grange.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.

230-1.2 Correspondence and papers
6 volumes, 6 cu. ft., partial index
This series includes the Commissioners' registered correspondence; their report to Congress in 1876; report of the Director-General and reports and correspondence of the Executive Commissioners including those appointed to visit the Vienna, Paris, and London Expositions; By-laws and Membership books, 1872-1874, 1876; organizational rules of the Centennial Board of Finance, 1873; correspondence of the Centennial Commissioners' Secretaries, and from Pennsylvania and other states' Centennial Commissions and state officials; reports of the President, Secretary, Executive Committee, Committee on the Seal, Committee on History, Committee on Final Reports and a report on the buildings and grounds; correspondence and opinions of the Centennial Commission's legal counsel; construction contracts for official buildings, listing contractors' names, materials or labor to be furnished, building specifications, cost, some bearing seal of the Centennial Board of Finance by whom they were negotiated; copies of resolutions of the Commissioners of Fairmount Park and papers concerning transfer of the control of the Exhibition ground from those Commissioners to the Centennial Commission; letters of application and recommendation for employment; petitions received requesting the Exhibition to be open to the public on Sunday, bearing the signature and address of each signer; Centennial Commissioners' expense sheets; lists of newspaper advertising bills paid; and unused business forms including examples of shipping labels, exhibit identification tags, instructional notices, and copies of general regulations.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
230-1.3 Register of Centennial Commissioners
3 volume, no index
These registers include the names of the Centennial Commissioners, the United States, State and foreign Commissioners and Centennial Commission attaches. Each entry include the name of the person and his Philadelphia address. For Centennial Commissioners, the entries include their home address and signature. For other Commissioners and attaches, their place of duty at the Exhibition site is noted.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
230-1.4 Pay Rolls
2 volumes, no index
Entries list dates, amounts, payee's name, signature; vol. 1876 adds payee's occupation, time worked, rate of pay, and notations that copies forwarded to Centennial Board of Finance.
Missing: June 1875-February 1876
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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