Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition records, 1907-1953  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)
Title
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition records
Dates
1907-1953 (inclusive)
1907-1909 (bulk)
Quantity
0.81 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number
0296 (Accession No. 0296-003)
Summary
Financial records, Cowlitz County exhibit guest book, memorabilia, and ephemera from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) held in Seattle, Washington, was the spectacular result of nearly 10 million dollars and four years of effort. The Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle the dominant city in the Pacific Northwest, as the major supplier to Alaska. The goal of the 1909 AYPE was to show off the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, and to display the value of commercial trade with the Pacific Rim. When Japan agreed to participate, the AYPE became a truly international, multi-cultural event, which planners of the AYPE hoped would demonstrate cooperation between people from around the world. On a less philosophical level, city officials also hoped that the exposition would encourage people to relocate to the growing metropolis of Seattle.

Officials soon decided on the largely wooded grounds of the University of Washington, situated on Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier visible in the distance. The first $650,000 for the AYPE was raised by proud Seattlites, who bought "shares" of the exposition. Much of the rest was funded by the sale of public lands and by the Washington State legislature, with the understanding that the buildings built for the exposition would become part of the University of Washington at the end of the AYPE. John and Frederick Olmsted, son and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, prominent landscape architects in their own right, designed much of the AYPE grounds.

Thanks to two years of planning and the huge sums of money raised, the AYPE grounds and exposition were everything the planners had hoped for. It was a fascinating mix of ethnic diversity and crass commercialism, but it clearly appealed to the people of the United States. Over 80,000 people attended the AYPE on opening day in June 1909, and by closing day (October 16, 1909), 3.7 million people had paid to see attractions such as the Igorrote Village and the Indian and Eskimo exhibits.

Although the Exposition boasted its own official photographer, amateur photographers could purchase a paper permit, allowing access for one day. With the day pass, an amateur photographer with a camera smaller than 6 x 8 inches was allowed to take unlimited photographs of the buildings, exhibits and other features. In February 1909, newspaper articles encouraged Seattle residents to take photographs of the construction and send them "back home" to people outside the city as incentive to attend the upcoming Exposition.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Financial records, Cowlitz County exhibit guest book, reminiscence of the organization and management of the Exposition by John E. Chilberg, memorabilia, and ephemera from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Financial Reports, March 1907-September 1909Return to Top

Daily revenue reports and monthly treasurer's reports addressed to Edmond S. Meany, the University of Washington representative to the Executive Committee.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Financial Report
1907 March 26
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, April 15-May 1, 1907
1907 May 11
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, May 1-May 15, 1907
1907 May 25
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, June 1-June 15, 1907
1907 June 24
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, June 15-July 1, 1907
1907 July 13
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, July 1-August 1, 1907
1907 August 9
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, August 1-15, 1907
1907 August 24
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, August 15-September 1, 1907
1907 September 14
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, September 1-15, 1907
1907 September 28
1/1
Statement of Expenditures, September 15-October 1, 1907
1907 October 14
1/1
Statement of Expenditures with Summary, October 15, 1907
1907 October 28
1/2
Statement of Expenditures, October 15-November 1, 1907
1907 November 8
1/2
Statement of Expenditures, November 15-December 1, 1907
1907 December 7
1/2
Statement of Expenditures, December 1-15, 1907
1907 December 21
1/4
Statement of Expenditures, January 1-15, 1908
1908 January 23
1/4
Statement of Expenditures, January 15-February 1, 1908
1908 February 6
1/4
Statement of Expenditures, February 1-15, 1908
1908 February 20
1/4
Statement of Expenditures, February 15-March 1, 1908
1908 March 12
1/5
Statement of Expenditures, April 1-May 1, 1908
1908 May 7
1/5
Statement of Expenditures, May 1 - June 1, 1908
1908 June 11
1/5
Statement of Expenditures, June 1-July 1, 1908
1908 July 8
1/5
Statement of Expenditures, July 1-August 1, 1908
1908 August 13
1/6
Statement of Expenditures, August 1-September 1, 1908
1908 September 10
1/6
Statement of Expenditures, September 1-October 1, 1908
1908 October 8
1/6
Statement of Expenditures, October 1-November 1, 1908
1908 November 12
1/6
Statement of Expenditures, November 1-December 1, 1908
1908 December 10
1/6
Statement of Expenditures, December 1, 1908-January 1, 1909
1909 January 7
1/8
Statement of Expenditures, January 1-February 1, 1909
1909 February 11
1/8
Statement of Expenditures, February 1-March 1, 1909
1909 March 1
1/8
Statement of Expenditures, March 1-April 1, 1909
1909 April 8
1/9
Statement of Expenditures, May 1 - June 1, 1909
1909 July 8
1/9
Statement of Expenditures, June 1 - July 1, 1909
1909 July 8
1/9
Statement of Expenditures, July 1 - August 1, 1909
1909 August 12
1/9
Statement of Expenditures, August 1 - September 1, 1909
1909 September 16
1/18
Chart of Receipts
Shows daily gate receipts, daily revenue from concessions, and daily paid and free admissions.
June-October 1909

Report on The Organization and Management of the Business of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909, 1953Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

Reminiscence of the organization and management of the Exposition by John E. Chilberg, the President of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Corporation that oversaw the Exposition.

Letter to E.S. Meany from I.A. Nadeau, 1908 October 23Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/7

Menu from dinner given by Benjamin Wilcox at the New York State Building, 1909 September 10Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/10

Invitation to J.E. Chilberg to honorary initiation of President W. H. Taft to Arctic Brotherhood, 1909 September 30Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/11

Opening Ceremony Ticket, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/12

Pass to official dinner at the New York State Building, 1909 June 11Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/13

Blank A.Y.P.E. Stationary, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14

Ribbon, printed 'Stanford', circa 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/15

Ribbon, printed 'Smith Family Day', circa 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/16

Guest Book from Cowlitz County Exhibit, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/17

Pauline Elwell, 1986-12-29

White Silk Shawl, circa 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

White silk shawl purchased by Florence Tustin's grandfather and worn by Tustin at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition.

Florence Tustin, 1989-07-15

Commemorative spoon, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Commemorative silver-plated Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition spoon. The bottom of the handle on the reverse side is marked with "MB" crossed by mining tools, along with "A1" enclosed in a circle. On the obverse, the handle is decorated with a figure holding the AYP emblem between its right arm and lap. The figure is part of the letter "S" that begins the words "Seattle 09" that appear down the handle. The bowl of the spoon depicts the Manufactures Building, which is also labeled. The reverse of the bowl is blank. The reverse of the handle features the Seattle city skyline from Elliott Bay with a floral motif at its tip, and the words "Seattle 09" at the bottom of the skyline.

Harry Page, 2007-11-13

Commemorative plate, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Commemorative gilt-edged Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition plate. The obverse features the words "Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition" along the top in the outer ring, and the words "Seattle Washington 1909" along the bottom in the outer ring. A cluster of three pink roses is on each side of the outer ring. The center ring of the plate depicts the Oregon State Building, which is labeled and painted in a three-quarter view. On the reverse, there is a red rectangular stamp that marks that the plate was "Manufactured Exclusively for the Oregon Commission."

Paula Freeman, 2008-02-07

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Chilberg, John Edward, 1867-
  • Meany, Edmond S. (Edmond Stephen), 1862-1935
  • Nadeau, I. A
  • Corporate Names :
  • Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)--Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)