Album of photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1 album (61 photographic prints) of images of material on exhibit in the Woman's Building, including handiwork, crafts, paintings, silver, furniture, statues, flowers, and clothing. There are no exterior views of the building.

Biographical Historical Note

The Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition, a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893, was the site of displays and decorations celebrating the character, achievements, and potential of international womanhood. The building was designed by young woman architect, Sophia Hayden, under the direction of the fair’s Board of Lady Managers, headed by socialite and collector Bertha Honoré Palmer, and featured art by many women artists, notably a mural entitled Modern Woman by the American expatriate artist Mary Cassatt.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, D.H. Burnham Collection, World's Columbian Exposition Photographs by C.D. Arnold, Bertha Honoré Palmer Correspondence Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Bertha Palmer and Palmer Family Research Collection, H. and F Photo C Potter Palmer and Palmer Estate Papers, World's Columbian Exposition Records, Chicago Woman's Club records, and George P. A. Healy Collection, Photograph Album of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago History Museum.