C.D. Arnold photograph albums of World's Columbian Exposition construction

Inclusive Dates: 
1891–1892
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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

2 albums of 383 platinum photographic prints taken by C. D. Arnold depicting the construction of exhibition buildings at various stages of completion, the creation of sculptural ornament, and tradesmen in the process of work or posed informally on construction sites. Collected and arranged by George R. Davis, Director General of the World's Columbian Exposition. Ink stamp on endsheet: The World's Columbian Exposition/C.D. Arnold/Official photographer.

Biographical Historical Note

Organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World, the World's Columbian Exposition was held in Jackson Park, Chicago, between May and October, 1893. An estimated twenty-seven million visitors from around the world visited the fair during that time. The fair is recognized today as one of the defining moments of American cultural history and was especially influential in the fields of architecture and urban planning, laying the groundwork for the "City Beautiful" movement of the early 20th century.

Charles Dudley Arnold was the official photographer of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, documenting nearly every detail of the construction and operations of the fair.

Additional Notes

Related collections: World's Columbian Exposition Records, Views of the World's Columbian Exposition, Laban Deardorff Collection of Visual Materials, John George M. Glessner Photograph Collection, George Frederick Newhall Glass Negatives of the World's Columbian Exposition, Olson-Moore Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Lantern Slides, World's Columbian Exposition Card Photographs, World's Columbian Exposition and Other Lantern Slides, Lantern Slides from the World's Columbian Exposition, Photograph Album of the World's Columbian Exposition, Album of Photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, World's Columbian Exposition Card Photographs, Chicago History Museum; World's Columbian Exposition Collection, World's Columbian Exposition Photographs by C.D. Arnold, Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; C. D. Arnold Photographic Collection, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division.