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World's Columbian Exposition scrapbook


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The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World Fair, was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893, to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in North America in 1492. Several leading architects were responsible for the design of the main buildings, including George B. Post, Sophia Hayden, Charles McKim, and Richard Morris Hunt. The Columbian Exposition was the first World's Fair to include a separate amusement area, called the Midway Plaisance, which featured the world's first Ferris wheel, which had been an attempt to out-do the Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the Paris World's Fair of 1889. The Exposition also showcased Chicago's progress since its devastation by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

Jackson, Anna.Expo: International Expositions, 1851-2010. London: V&A Publishing, 2008.

Created by an unknown individual, this scrapbook contains newsclippings from an unidentified source that document the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893.

The clippings cover a variety of topics, including exhibits, ceremonies, addresses, and attractions, especially art at the Exposition and international participation. The volume features numbered pages and a handwritten index on the rear endpapers. Loose material laid into the scrapbook has been removed to a separate folder housed with the item.

Further material related to the World's Columbian Exposition and other World's Fairs are cataloged with imprints in Special Collections and can be found by searching DELCAT.

  1. Item 0017: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093 SCRAPBOOK

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Processed and encoded by Maureen Cech, January 2011.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2011 January 4
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World's Columbian Exposition scrapbook, circa 1893.
Item 0017

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