Collection consists of office files, which constitute the core of the administrative records of the corporation, plus contracts, minutes, press releases and clippings, photographs, phonotapes, phonograph recordings, and films. General files contain correspondence, memoranda and other records reflecting the activities of principal officers and departments involved in the administration, construction, maintenance, and promotion of the Fair and to the participation of public and private exhibitors including numerous foreign governments. Engineering files consist of records of the director of engineering and chief engineer concerning the construction and demolition of the Fair and include correspondence, memoranda, technical plans and drawings, progress reports, contracts, and invoices. Permit Office materials consist of correspondence, applications, permits, photographs, and architectural plans and drawings. Import Clearance Dept. records include correspondence and other papers related to the importation of exhibitors' goods. Secretary's files consist of minutes, 1959-1968, of the board of directors; minutes, 1959-1971, of meetings of members, directors and the executive committee; agendas; correspondence; and desk diaries. Labor Relations Counsel files contain correspondence, 1961-1966, with officials of trade unions, exhibitors, contractors, and concessionaires; minutes; memoranda; and contracts between exhibitors/concessionaires and labor unions.
Biographical/historical: The New York World's Fair of 1964-1965 was held at Flushing Meadows in the Borough of Queens on a site leased from the City of New York. It was conceived in 1958 by a group of New Yorkers who formed a non-profit corporation of some 300 members to provide the start-up capital. Eighty nations participated in the Fair which had the theme 'Man's Achievements in an Expanding Universe'. Robert Moses, who was associated with the earlier World's Fair in New York in 1939-1940, served as the president of the 1964-1965 Fair.