World's Columbian Exposition and other lantern slides

Inclusive Dates: 
1893–1900
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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

134 black and white transparencies (lantern slides) showing scenes of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. Many views were photographed by the official fair photographer, C.D. Arnold, and show typical views. Some views show paintings and sculpture at the fair, people at the fair, and several unusual views of fair buildings. Also includes hand-colored lantern slides related to a horticultural program run by the International Harvester Company at Chicago schools and views of the International Harvester Company building

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

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, 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, 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.