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World's Fair and Exposition Collection

A work made of black and white photographic prints, color slides, postcards, correspondence, holograph papers, typescript papers, maps, drawings, and printed papers..

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  • A work made of black and white photographic prints, color slides, postcards, correspondence, holograph papers, typescript papers, maps, drawings, and printed papers..

Date:

1882-1985

About this artwork

This collection is an amalgamation of graphic and textual materials—photographs, postcards, and printed materials—relating to fairs, expositions, and Olympic Games held in and proposed for both Western Europe and the United States during the latter quarter of the 19th and throughout the 20th century. Well-documented and notably influential events, such as Paris’s Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes of 1925 and the Exposition Universelle de 1889 are documented in this collection alongside less renowned fairs such as the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, held concurrently with the World’s Columbian Exposition, and others.

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Status

Currently Off View

Department

AIC Archives

Title

World's Fair and Exposition Collection

Date

Made 1882–1985

Medium

Black and white photographic prints, color slides, postcards, correspondence, holograph papers, typescript papers, maps, drawings, and printed papers.

Dimensions

1 portfolio: H.: 76.2 cm (30 in.)

Credit Line

Purchase of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, 2005. Gift of Elizabeth DeSpirt Pilot, 2016.

Reference Number

2005.2

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