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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES WCE JWE
  • Creator Names Ellsworth, James W.
  • Title James W. Ellsworth papers, World's Columbian Exposition Collection, [1890-1901].
  • Physical description 12 linear ft
  • Collection arrangement Organized into series: 1. Outgoing correspondence. 2. Incoming correspondence. 3. Departmental records. 4. Ephemera collection. Outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically, Incoming and Departmental records arranged alphabetically, Ephemera arranged by format.
  • Access and usage restrictions For research use in Special Collections & Preservation Division only.
  • Collection summary The James W. Ellsworth papers consist primarily of Incoming (926 items) and Outgoing (85 items) correspondence, Departmental records from 22 Exposition divisions and departments, and Ephemera such as banquet menus, invitations and tickets. Among Ellsworth's correspondents are Charles Barber and O.C. Bosbyshell of the U.S. Mint Department, architect Daniel H. Burnham, U.S. Congressman Benjamin Butterworth, landscape designer Henry Sargent Codman, journalist William Eleroy Curtis, international businessman Frank H. Mason, poet Harriet Monroe, and art critic John C. Van Dyke. The papers include much information on efforts to raise funds for the Exposition, detailed correspondence with many of the Exposition's directors, and extensive information on a portrait of Christopher Columbus by 16th century Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto.
  • Biographical or Historical Note James W. Ellsworth was initially reluctant to participate in the development of a World's Fair in Chicago. After learning that the planners of the Exposition envisioned an international exposition, Ellsworth directed all his energies to the successful development of the "Dream City." Ellsworth's contributions to the Exposition ranged from working with the railroad companies to raise capital, purchasing the Lorenzo Lotto portrait of Columbus, participating on the Exposition's Board of Directors, Committee on Fine Arts and Bureau of Music, and securing the loans of great European artwork for the Fair.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding guide and scope notes available in Special Collections & Preservation Division Reading Room and on the Chicago Public Library Web site.
  • Names
    • Ellsworth, James W. Archives.
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) Sources.
    • Lotto, Lorenzo, 1480?-1556? Christopher Columbus.
    • Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912.
    • Butterworth, Benjamin, 1837-1898.
    • Codman, Henry Sargent.
    • Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911.
    • Davis, George R. (George Royal), 1840-1899.
    • Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936.
    • Van Dyke, John Charles, 1856-1932.
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • World's Columbian Exposition Collection (Chicago Public Library)
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid http://www.chipublib.org/fa-james-w-ellsworth-collection/