World's Columbian Exposition photographs by C.D. Arnold

Inclusive Dates: 
1891–1894

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

3 linear feet (9 boxes), 15 oversize portfolios, and flatfile materials consisting of photographic prints by C.D. Arnold, the official photographer of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, to illustrate the development of fair's site and building construction, the fair while open to the public, and the fires that destroyed many buildings at the end of the fair. Images record the mural and sculpture decorations of the fair as well as the interior of the Palace of Fine Arts, which housed a major art exhibition at the fair.

Biographical Historical Note

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, 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, 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.