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World's Fairs and Expositions Resources

  • 1939 World's Fair Photograph Collection
    The Library of Virginia's digital collection of photographs from the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, New York. The over 3,000 images are indexed by an electronic database which can be searched by geographical location, personal names, building names, and other terms.
  • A Century of Progress: The 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair
    The John Crerar Library (which is now part of the University of Chicago Libraries) collected various official publications, press releases, guidebooks, and other related materials pertaining to this world exposition. Approximately 350 of those collected items are now available on this website. The collection may be browsed by publication author, publication title, and the general subject of each publication.
  • A Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture
    This site provides access to art and architecture related images, virtual museum-like curated tours, and contextual essays covering a broad number of international fairs, selected from the rich World's Fair Collection at the Architecture Library, University of Maryland (UM).
  • ExpoMuseum
    ExpoMuseum was first created as a web site in 1998 by Urso S. A. Chappell, and is maintained by him.The site pays tribute to the past, present, and future of these immensely popular expositions, and also includes a number of fun features, such as a discussion area and a special section dedicated to the architecture of these places.
  • Hyper-text Thesis on the World's Columbian Exposition
    A Masters thesis, by Julie K. Rose, M.A. English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA on the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, in Chicago, Illinois, which features a virtual tour of the Fair and offers analysis of social and cultural importance of the World's Columbian Exposition.
  • Progress Made Visible: American World's Fairs and Expositions
    The Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library holds a wide variety of primary source materials relating to the World's Fairs and Expositions held in the United States between 1876 and 1939.
  • The Iconography of Hope: The 1939-40 New York World's Fair
    Created by John C. Barans, this site features historical information and digitized photographs chronicling the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.
  • World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
    This website was created to provide world-wide access to thousands of illustrations and full-text images of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 for purposes of teaching and research.
  • Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Centennial
    This University of Washington Libraries digital collection contains more than 1200 photographs of the 1909 fair held on the grounds of the University of Washington, depicting buildings, grounds, entertainment and exotic attractions.
  • Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs, 1851-1940
    The Donald G. Larson Collection at Cal-State Fresno, consists of approximately 1,600 books and more than 6,500 pamphlets, postcard, sheet music, and other materials.
  • National Art Library, Great Exhibition of 1851
    The National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum's digital collection of materials on the Great Exhibition of 1851, in London, England. This Exhibition was a precursor of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Paris 1900 - The Exhibit of American Negroes
    The Exhibit of American Negroes is a reconstruction of highlights from an exhibit of the same name put together by W. E. B. DuBois, Thomas Calloway and the Historic Black Colleges for the Paris 1900 International Exposition.
  • Revisiting World's Fairs and International Expositions: A Selected Bibliography, 1992 - 1999
    This Smithsonian Institution Library bibliography supplements Bridget Burke's bibliography, "World's Fairs and International Expositions: Selected References 1987-1993," which was published as part of Fair Representations: World's Fairs and the Modern World, edited by Robert Rydell and Nancy Gwinn. It focuses on secondary materials that were published between 1992 and mid-summer 1999, but also includes some entries for materials prior to 1992 that were not included in the Burke's bibliography.
  • The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
    An online exhibtion in association with the Missouri Historical Society's 2004 centennial celebration of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
  • The History of World Expositions
    An EXPO 2000 resource on twenty previous World's Fairs and Expositions from 1851 to 2000.
  • World's Fairs: A Bibliography
    Provided by the Special Collections Research Center @ The Henry Madden Library - California State University Fresno in collaboration with Dr. Alexander C.T. Geppert @ Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. This database brings together the citations from two online bibliographies, "International Exhibitions, Expositions Universelles and World's Fairs, 1851-2005: A Bibliography" and the Smithsonian Libraries' "Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions: A Selected Bibliography."