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Harrison "Buzz" Price Papers

Harrison "Buzz" Price was an economics consultant for the attractions and themed entertainment business. He began his career by assisting with the placement of Disneyland in Anaheim, CA in the early 1950's and later Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL in the 1960's. Beyond his work with Disney, Price performed economic consultations for companies such as Six Flags, Universal Studios, MGM, Cedars Fair and many other entertainment organizations and resorts. Price founded two economic consulting agencies, Economic Research Consultants (ERC), which he sold in 1969 and the Harrison Price Company (HPC), started in 1978. The collection is generally comprised of papers from the Harrison Price Company, but also includes some collected materials from earlier projects. The papers are divided into seven series: Reports, Proposals, Speeches, World's Fairs, Images, Subject Research Materials and Project Research Materials. Some materials are restricted per the donor's wishes but researchers may petition the donor's family for access.

For easier access, links to specific series in the guide are provided below. The guide in its entirety will eventually be provided but is currently unavailable due to processing. Some reports have been made available via the Harrison "Buzz" Price Digital Collection.

Full Guide of Harrison "Buzz" Price Papers, 1952-2006   70 Boxes, 72 linear feet

This is currently unavailable as the collection is being processed.

Series 1: Reports, 1952-2003   55 boxes, 54.5 linear feet

Series 1 holds reports that contain feasibility studies, research reports, and other studies created by HPC or other collected companies. Reports are in order by number, given by Price. Reports by HPC are numbered 1-900; other firms collected reports number over 1000. Some reports have a number and letter code, while others only have a number. The finding aid describes each report by client, project class, title, date, author, and if it was a Disney Project.

Series 2: Proposals, 1978-2001   4 boxes, 3.25 linear feet

Series 2 contains proposal documentation and correspondence for research, consultation and other services performed by Price. Files are in original order in general subject categories as organized by Price.

Series 3: Speeches, 1966-2006   3 boxes, 2 linear feet

Series 3 includes speeches given by Price at a variety of events documenting his many projects and professional activities. The speeches are arranged chronologically.

Series 4: World's Fairs, 1974-1989   6 boxes, 5.75 linear feet

Series 4 documents Price's involvement and research on World's Fairs, specifically the fairs in Knoxville in 1982, the Louisiana world Exposition in 1984, and Vancouver's Expo in 1986. The bulk of the materials in this series document the Louisiana World Exposition and the lawsuits which occurred after the exposition went bankrupt.

Series 5: Images, 1964-1997   2 boxes, 1 flat file, 4.5 linear feet

Series 5 contains collected materials organized by location and project. Contents include pictures, negatives, slides, postcards, brochures, and posters from such places as Disneyland, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, NASA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, London, Sydney, Japan, and China.

Series 6: Subject Research Materials, 1960-1995   8 boxes, 10 linear feet

Series 6 holds collected materials that are organized in alphabetical order by a subject category. These materials were used for background research and initial information for multiple projects. Many of the research materials provided background for a variety of reports in Series 1.

Series 7: Project Research Materials, 1957-2004   65 boxes, 83.75 linear feet

Series 7 contains research materials for specific projects including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar's Fair, The Longaberger Company, Silver Cup Studios, Silver Dollar City, among other projects. Some projects also include municipalities including the City of Norfolk, Virginia, the City of Cochella, California, the City of Branson, Missouri, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and governments such as Australia, Nigeria, Panama and others. These materials were collected as the research basis for projects that Price was hired to perform. Many of the research projects that are found in this series may not have necessarily become reports or proposals. In some cases, this series contains the only record of a project that Price worked on during his long career.


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