Views of the World's Columbian Exposition

Inclusive Dates: 
1893
Survey Repository: 

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

119 photographic prints of views of the World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago) by the official photographer, C. D. Arnold, including captioned views of buildings, visitors, sculptures, and sidewalks. Some images are numbered.

Biographical Historical Note

C. D. Arnold was the official photographer of the World’s Columbian Expositions of Chicago (1893). Arnold was born in Canada and established in photography studio in New York City by 1888. He lived in Chicago for more than 3 years to document the fair from construction to close.

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.

Additional Notes

Related collections: World’s Columbian Exposition Records, 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, C.D. Arnold Photograph Albums of World's Columbian Exposition Construction, 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, Bertha Palmer and Palmer Family Research Collection, H. and F Photo C Potter Palmer and Palmer Estate Papers, Chicago Woman's Club records,  Chicago History Museum; D.H. Burnham Collection, Bertha Honoré Palmer Correspondence, 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. World's Columbian Exposition Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.