• IdentificationMSWCE_72
  • TitleWorld's Columbian Exposition collection MSWCE_72
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description10.0 Linear feet
  • Date1891-1998
  • AbstractThe World's Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago, Illinois to honor both the 400 year anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world and the rising power and prosperity of the United States. Over 27 million visitors attended the fair. The World's Columbian Exposition Collection includes programs, issues of academic journals, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, commemorative items, negatives, glass slides, several published art series, an audio cassette, and film strip.
  • OriginationUniversity of Illinois at Chicago. Library. Special Collections Department.

Old Resource ID was WorldsColumbian

The World's Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago, Illinois. Meant to honor both the 400 year anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world and the rising power and prosperity of the United States, the U.S. Congress designated Chicago as the official site for the fair after local businessmen raised $5 million dollars and lobbied intensively against competing cities such as New York, St. Louis, and Philadelphia. Over 27 million visitors from around the world attended the Exposition and its international exhibits showcasing achievements in the industry, agriculture, science, and the arts.

The World's Columbian Exposition Collection includes programs, issues of academic journals, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, commemorative items, negatives, glass slides, and several published art series. The art series include watercolors, photographs of building exteriors, depictions of exhibits and those in attendance at the fair. The collection also includes an audio cassette and small film strip by Sally Anderson Chappell, but please note the restrictions below.

See the Illinois Institute of Technology's website about the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 at http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/.

Most items in this collection are too fragile for photocopying. Even if a folder is not marked "fragile," it is possible that it may not be photocopied. Please ask a Special Collections staff person for assistance to determine what may and may not be photocopied. The audio cassette and small film strip might not be available for patrons because special collections does not have the equipment for using those items and because preservation and copyright concerns may apply. Patrons interested in those items are advised to call ahead before coming to special collections.

World's Columbian Exposition collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago