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1907 Jamestown Exposition,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Historical Sketch

The 1907 Jamestown Exposition was held to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Jamestown. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the United States. The Exposition lasted from April 26 to December 1, 1907 and was held in Norfolk, Virginia. The Episcopal Church exhibited in the 1907 Exposition was the first Protestant Episcopal Church in America, guiding the people in building the society and maintaining order. The Committee on Arrangements of the Jamestown Exposition in conjunction with other churches and members of the community helped to establish and create this Tercentennial Celebration in 1907. The committee, on whom this collection is focused, gathered support, information, artifacts, and photographs all in the effort to hold an exposition honoring the first settlement in the United States. The Chairmen of this committee were Reverend Alfred Magill Randolph and Reverend Corbin Braxton Bryan.

Scope and Contents

The papers of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition date from January 1907 to January 1908. The collection includes paperwork related to the Jamestown Exposition and the Episcopal Church. The collection contains historical information of the Episcopal Church at the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA donated these materials. It consists of information reflecting the planning the exhibit, collecting documents and artifacts, and correspondence between members of the Exposition committee and other churches regarding the exhibit. The collection is broken down into two series: I: Business; and II: Correspondence.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Business. This series contains information about meeting minutes of the planning committee, bills, and payments from shipping orders placed throughout the entire year of 1907. The paperwork shows correspondence between church members about what items were requested and shipped for display in the Jamestown Exhibit. In addition to shipping orders are notations of payments/costs of shipping.

Series II: Correspondence.This series contains letters written mostly to Rev. E. P. Minor, the Secretary of the Committee of the Jamestown Exposition. Other letters are addressed to various members of churches across the state of Virginia regarding their involvement in the creation of the exhibit. The correspondence deals with finding photographs, documents, paintings, and other artifacts to include in the exhibit; Mr. and Mrs. P. Yeatman's correspondence concerning the welfare of the exhibit and its maintenance. responses from college ministries; letters to A.R. Goodwin; letters written by Reverend C.B. Bryan about the items being shipped, ways to keep up the display, and offering help to other committee members; a letter written by Reverend Alfred Magill Randolph, the Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements for the Jamestown Exhibit, discussing the impact of the First Episcopalian Church on this region and comments on some of the items that could be found within the Jamestown Exhibit of 1907.


A gift from St. Paul's Episcopal Church on May 14, 2007.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


1 Hollinger Document Case

Collection Number

MG 89

Container Listing

Box 1:

Series I

Folder 1 Shipping Orders and Payments
Folder 2 Minutes of Committee Meetings

Series II

Folder 3 Letters to E. P. Minor: January/February (I)
Folder 4 Letters to E. p. Minor: March/April (II)
Folder 5 Letters to E. p. Minor: May/June (III)
Folder 6 Letters to E. p. Minor: July/August (IV)
Folder 7 Letters to E. p. Minor: September/October (V)
Folder 8 Letters to E. p. Minor: November/ December (VI)
Folder 9 Letters to E. p. Minor: January 1908 (VII)
Folder 10 Letters to E. p. Minor: Postcards
Folder 11 Letter by Reverend A. F. Randolph
Folder 12 Letters by Reverend C. B. Bryan
Folder 13 Letters from Members of Other Churches
Folder 14 Miscellaneous Correspondence (I) - Yeatman
Folder 15 Miscellaneous Correspondence (II)
Folder 16 Committee Stationary/Letterheads

Revised 9/19/08