INTRODUCTORY In accordance with the requirements of a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors of the Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition at a meeting held on June 30th, 1902, the General Secretary of the Corporation has compiled "a statement of the affairs of the Exposition, including a recital of the Inception, organization operation, management and results of the Exposition." Which statement has been submitted by him to the Revision Committee consisting of Charles F. Manderson, Isaac W. Carpenter, Charles W. Lyman, Carroll S. Montgomery and Edward Rosewater, and which statement has been revised and approved by them. The Certificate of said Revision and approval follows: this introductory In considering the plan of the preparation of this statement it was finally deemed wisest to prepare same under the following divisions, devoting a chapter to each division, and thus endeavoring to make the statement as nearly consecutive as possible. The said divisions are as follows: I. Origin II. Organization III. Exploitation This chapter is devoted to the actions and efforts in exploiting the enterprise under the government and direction of the first Board of Directors, covering the period from June 18, 1896 to December 1st, 1896. IV. Reorganization. This chapter covers the story of the reorganization of the enterprise, broadening its work and increasing the Board of Directors in relation to the same. V. Locating the Exposition. A statement of the efforts in this cause and the action of the Directors in relation to the same. VI. General Operation of the Exposition, Under the Board of Directors. Covering a period from December 16th 1896 to June 30th, 1902 and relating the actions of said Board to special or particular interest other than those necessarily referred to in other parts of this work and being intricately and inseparably connected with such parts. VII. Department of Ways & Means VIII. Department of Publicity & Promotion IX. Department of Buildings X. Department of Exhibits XI. Department of Concessions & Privileges XII. Department of Transportation XIII. Mr. President. Covering statement of the Special features of the Exposition operation, including events in connection with the Special Days, Special Events Ladies Bureau of Entertainment, etc. XIV. Legal Affairs of the Exposition. XV. U.S. Government. Its Representation in buildings and Exhibits at the Exposition. XVII. Indian Congress, Exhibit U.S. Government. XVII. A General Review of the Exposition. Project. Designed to be, was it were, a bird's eye view of it operation from its beginning to its end. XVIII. Conclusion.