Archive of Labor and Revenue Records from the Golden Gate International Exposition
San Francisco: 1938-1940. Approximately 8-1/2 linear inches of material (roughly 1,000 leaves) in 18 original numbered and labeled file folders and one manilla envelope. Sizes and pagination of documents vary, although the vast majority are 11 x 8-1/2 inches, typescript to recto only or carbon copies thereof; also includes small b&w photographs of many job applicants (in several cases, mounted on ID cards and stapled to their applications), a handful of published brochures for cash register machines, etc. Holograph numbering and labeling of file folders, plus holograph notations and entries to many documents.
Light foxing and toning; edgewear, including marginal nicks, short tears, and small chips; paper clips to several documents and folders, some slightly rusty; staining from paste action to a few leaves. Good condition or better overall.
A rare cache of material documenting labor and financial aspects of the Golden Gate International Exposition, which ran from February 18 - October 29, 1939 and from May 25 - September 29, 1940. The archive appears to have come from the files of George E. Keeney, whose name is on many of the folders and documents, and who was the Assistant Chief and later Chief of Revenue and/or of the Cashier and Pass Division (it is unclear if this is the same position, as Keeney is called both in different documents here).
The bulk of the material dates from the 1940 season of the GGIE. That season, Keeney was heavily involved in monitoring the concessions vendors and staffing the cashier division. Consequently, that year contains three thick folders of over 200 total job applications and recommendation letters for cashier positions, 41 of which have a photo or photo ID card of the applicant attached to them. These reveal a wealth of information about the makeup of the ticket-taking and -selling staff, including details about their marital status, number of dependents, type of clerical skills, and of course past employment and education. Nearly half of the applicants were women, for example, many of whom had held a variety of wartime jobs -- in some cases, as one recommendation letter notes, to support their fathers who were laid off during the war -- and/or were attending one of the Bay Area colleges, business schools, or universities.
Also included in this section of the archive:
- A map of the cashier locations around the exposition and general instructions and rules pertaining to their duties.
- Three folders of daily revenue reports, showing the breakdown of ticket sales for each location in June, July, August and September of 1940.
- Lists of the women cashiers and their ID numbers, as well as lists of concessions vendors and their locations in the exposition.
- A master personnel list for the GGIE.
- A list of amusement vendors and what they charged for each throw, game, etc.
- Notes about how to restrict the use of food stamps by visitors.
- Various tax and personal expenditure documents.
Keeney may have held a different role in the 1939 season, given that daily reports and employment records aren't included here. Instead, he appears to have been responsible for the contractual side of the fair. This section is primarily comprised of two folders containing 35 contracts for the exposition's entertainers and one contract for the motion picture projector union staff, which has holograph corrections and amendments. Also included are wage lists for a variety of exposition workers, and a folder of material on that year's six-day bike race.
All in all, this archive offers a wealth of detailed information about the human machinery and daily revenue that powered the GGIE, not found elsewhere.
A folder-level description is available upon request.