Cotton States and International Exposition collection
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Cotton States and International Exposition collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Cotton States Exposition. (1895 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title: Cotton States and International Exposition collection
Dates: 1895, undated
Quantity: 0.63 linear ft. (1 document case and 1 half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS1022

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cotton States and International Exposition was an international event that took place on the Piedmont Exposition grounds, September 18-December 31, 1895. The Exposition was meant to foster trade between southern states and South American nations and to exhibit the resources of the region to the world. The Exposition was governed by a set of officers, directors, and committees that featured Atlanta banker and ex-mayor Charles A. Collier (1849-1900) as President and Director General. Exhibits showcased the latest technology in vital sectors of the American economy, while others focused on the accomplishments of women and blacks. An amusement park featuring rides and other popular attractions was also constructed for the event. Although most of the Exposition's buildings were destroyed after the event, the city of Atlanta eventually purchased the grounds, which became the present-day Piedmont Park.


Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised primarily of materials created in preparation of and during the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895. The bulk of the collection is programs and publications that detail daily events and highlight exposition participants. Of particular interest is a series of souvenirs collected by individuals that attended the exposition as well as a pass issued for an employee of the Atlanta Journal with his photograph affixed to one side. Also, included with the souvenirs are passes issued for special admission days such as Collier Day, Atlanta Day, and Directors and Womans Board Day.


Index Terms

Advertising cards--Georgia
Agriculture
Amusement parks--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)--Commerce
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Cotton States Exposition (1895 : Atlanta, Ga.)--Correspondence.
Cotton States Exposition. (1895 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Parks--Georgia--Atlanta
Piedmont Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cotton States and International Exposition collection, MSS 1022, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

This collection processed in 2012.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Box

MSS OS box 5.26Articles and supplements, 1881
 

Box

Fldr

11Correspondence, 1934-1971, undated
 
2Manuscript - "Index To A Pictorial History of the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895", 1977
 
3Miscellaneous, 1895-1896
 
4Official documents, 1895-1896, undated
 
Photograph booklet, 1881
 
5Photo-gravures booklet, 1895
 
6Programs and publications, 1895, undated
 
7Publications, 1895
 
8Publications, 1895
 

Box

Fldr

21Publications - "New York Observer" supplement (original), 1895
 
2Souvenirs, 1895
 
3Woman's Building, 1895