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Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco 1939-1940


  • Rubens, Lisa. "Re-Presenting the Nation: The Golden Gate International Exposition." European Contributions to American Studies [Netherlands] 27 (1994): 121-139.
    Traces the development of the GGIE and analyzes its content. The fair departed from tradition in its eclectic organization of exhibits which included productions, displays, lectures, films, demonstrations, and bazaars.


  • Meyn, Susan Labry. "More than Curiosities: A Grassroots History of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Its Precursors, 1920 to 1942." Ph.D. Dissertation: University of Cincinnati, 1997.
    In the midst of a revival of Indian arts in the Southwest and the growing destitution of the Indian people, Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act in 1935 to encourage economic development through their artistic products. One result of this act was the creation of the Indian exhibition at the San Francisco exposition. Chapter 6 of this work looks closely at the exhibition. Bibliography included.


  • Callahan, Randall B. Magic City: The San Francisco Fair, Treasure Island 1939-1940: A Book of Postcards. San Francisco: Pomegranate, 1999.

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  • Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco: New Deal Network Treasure Island 1939-40.
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  • Hard Times, High Visions: Golden Gate International Exposition
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