World's Columbian Exposition collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1891–1998

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

10 linear feet of material consisting of programs, issues of academic journals, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, commemorative items, negatives, glass slides, several published art series, as well as a film strip and audio cassette about the World's Fair by Sally Anderson Chappell. These art series include watercolors, photographs of building exteriors, depictions of exhibits and those in attendance at the fair.

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.