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New York World's Fair Collection, 1937-1940

New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2002

New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, Collection, 1937-1940

Accession Number: 2002.2

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, Collection, 1937-1940
EXTENT:.25 linear foot  (1 box), 1 portfolio
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:This collection of published materials and images documents many of the exhibitions and activities of the New York World's Fair, which was open in New York City from 1939 to 1940.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, photocopied papers, color and black and white photomechanical prints, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The majority of this collection was acquired by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries through donations from various sources. Some materials were also purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in October of 2005.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
The New York World's Fair, which was open in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City, from 1939 to 1940, was organized around the theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." In seven zones--Amusement, Communications and Business Systems, Community Interests, Food, International Affairs, Production and Distribution, and Transportation--modern achievements of the 20th century and proposed visions of the future were presented to an international audience. The fair's avant-garde aesthetic style received particular acclaim, as seen through the work of such architects and designers as Norman Bel Geddes, Delano and Aldrich, Donald Deskey, Harrison and Fouilhoux, Albert Kahn, and Gilbert Rohde.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Published text and images, as well as photographic prints of architectural renderings, models, and built structures that document the design and construction of exhibitions and the general activities of the fair. In particular, the collection documents the work of such designers and architects as Norman Bel Geddes, Delano and Aldrich, Donald Deskey, Harrison and Fouilhoux, Albert Kahn, and Gilbert Rohde.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PUBLICATIONS. Materials are arranged alphabetically by exhibit name, followed by non-specific publications listed alphabetically by title.

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. Color and black and white photomechanical illustrations and black and white photographic prints are arranged alphabetically by exhibit name.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)--Buildings
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)--Exhibitions
Exhibitions--Design--Exhibitions
Exhibitions--New York (State)--New York--Exhibitions
Architectural drawing--Exhibitions

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date
Portf.Portfolio
RESTrestricted

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
A portion of this collection is restricted from patron use, as noted in the finding aid. The remainder of the collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Annemarie van Roessel, of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives, in 2002.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The majority of this collection was transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' Pamphlet Files to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2002. Materials purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in October 2005 were previously part of the World's Fair Collection of Alfred Heller.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PUBLICATIONS



BUILDINGS AND EXHIBITIONS:
CENTRAL MALL
Box.FF 1.1
"Model of Middle Sector of Central mall, New York World's Fair, 1939."
Typescript mimeograph.
12/12/1937 1

CHILDREN'S WORLD, "TRIP AROUND THE WORLD"
Box.FF 1.2
"Around the World in Ten Minutes."
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

CITY OF NEW YORK BUILDING
Box.FF 1.3
"Official Guide to City of New York Exhibit Building, New York World's Fair 1939 and 1940."
Typescript mimeograph. Gift of the Municipal Reference Library, 1939
1939 1

COMMUNICATIONS FOCAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.4
[Last word in modern display technique....]
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

COMMUNITY INTERESTS FOCAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.5
[Surrealist set for the Community Focal Exhibit....]
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

FOOD BUILDING
Box.FF 1.6
"World's Fair Reaches Adornment Stage."
Typescript mimeograph.
09/10/1939 1

GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING
Box.FF 1.7
"City of 1960 as Viewed in General Motors Highways and Horizons Exhibit at Fair."
Typescript mimeograph.
[1939] 2
Box.FF 1.7
"Crossing Point of Two Express Motorways in General Motors World's Fair 'Futurama.'"
Typescript mimeograph.
04/29/1939 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Crossing Point of Two Express Motorways in General Motors World's Fair 'Futurama.'"
Typescript mimeograph.
[1939] 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Farm Design for the Future."
Typescript mimeograph.
[1939] 1
Box.FF 1.7
"General Motors—Highways & Horizons—New York World's Fair."
Brochure.
[1939] 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Spectacular View in the World of the Future."
Typescript mimeograph.
04/29/1939 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Spectacular Vista in General Motors World of the Future at Fair."
Typescript mimeograph.
04/29/1939 1
Box.FF 1.7
"World's Fair Visitors Tour 1960 City of Broad Streets, Sunshine, Space, and Air."
Typescript mimeograph.
04/29/1939 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Your Guide to General Motors Highways and Horizons Exhibit New York World's Fair 1939."
Leaflet.
1939 1

HEINZ EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.8a
[Heinz Exhibit - 1939 New York World's Fair]
Leaflet. Ryerson and Burnham Archives purchase, October 2005.
c.1939 1

HORTICULTURAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.8b
[Gay and colorful, with bright awnings and grilled gateways....]
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

INTERNATIONAL ZONE
Box.FF 1.9
[Eight pavilions flanking the Court of Peace....]
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

ITALIAN PAVILION
Box.FF 1.10
"Italy at the New York World's Fair."  Italy America Review.
Fall 1939 1

NEW YORK STATE BUILDINGS
Box.FF 1.11
"Revised Sketch of New York State Building for 1939 Fair."
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

TEMPLE OF RELIGION
Box.FF 1.12
[Artist's drawing of the revised plan....]
Typescript mimeograph.
c.1939 1

TOWN OF TOMORROW
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 2: House of Plywood."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 5: The Small Home of Brick."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 8: The New England Home."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 10: House of Vistas."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 15: The Johns-Manville Triple Insulated House."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 16: The Kelvin Home."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 17: The Celotex House."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Demonstration Home No. 18: The Electric Home."
Leaflet.
1939 1

TURKISH PAVILION
Box.FF 1.14
"Turkish Exhibits at the New York World's Fair, 1939."
Leaflet.
c.1939 1

TURKISH PAVILION
Box.FF 1.14
"Turkish Exhibits at the New York World's Fair, 1939."
Leaflet.
c.1939 1

UNITED STATES FEDERAL BUILDING
Box.FF 1.15
Special Bulletin: A National Sculpture Competition for the United States Government Building at the New York World's Fair—1939. 15.
03/1938 1
Box.FF 1.15
Treasury Department, Procurement Division, Section of Painting and Sculpture. "National Sculpture Competition for Federal Building at New York World's Fair—Decoration of Federal Building under direction of Treasury Department Art Projects."
Typescript mimeograph.
03/15/1938 1
Box.FF 1.16
United States New York World's Fair Commission. "New York World's Fair Federal Exhibit Information Bulletin Subject: Furnishings and Interior Decorations."
Typescript mimeogaph. Gift of the New York World's Fair Commission, 1939.
[1939] 1


GENERAL PUBLICATIONS:
REST
"Guide to the World's Fair." New York Times, sec. 9, pp. 1-32.
This item has been restricted due to its fragile condition. Please consult with the Archivist for additional information.
05/06/1940 1
REST
New York Herald Tribune World's Fair Section, pp. 1-64.
This item has been restricted due to its fragile condition. Please consult with the Archivist for additional information.
04/30/1939 1
Box.FF 1.17
New York World's Fair 1939, Inc. "New York World's Fair 1939."
Leaflet.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.17
New York World's Fair 1940, Inc. "New York World's Fair 1940."
Brochure.
1940 1
Box.FF 1.18
New York World's Fair Views. Long Island City, NY: Quality Art Novelty Company.
Gift of George Danforth.
1939 1
REST
New York World's Fair World 1, no. 3.
This item has been restricted due to its fragile condition. Please consult with the Archivist for additional information.
1939 1
REST
New York World's Fair World 1, no. 4.
This item has been restricted due to its fragile condition. Please consult with the Archivist for additional information.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.19
Think 4 no. 12.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.20
Think 7 no. 6.
1940 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS



BUILDINGS AND EXHIBITIONS:
CENTRAL MALL
Box.FF 1.21
Aerial views of model.
Black and white photographic prints.
[c.1938] 2

CHILDREN'S WORLD, "TRIP AROUND THE WORLD"
Box.FF 1.22
Aerial pespective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

COMMUNICATIONS FOCAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.23
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

COMMUNICATIONS INTERESTS FOCAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.24
"Set #5—Man Freed in Time and Space " exhibit, elevation rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

FOOD BUILDING
Box.FF 1.25
Mural, exterior detail.
Black and white photographic print. Photographer unknown.
09/10/1938 1

FRENCH PAVILION
Box.FF 1.26
Interior views.
Black and white photographic prints. René Bras, photographer.
1939 2

GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING
Box.FF 1.27
Aerial view.
Black and white photographic print. Photographer unknown.
1939 1
Box.FF 1.27
"Futurama" model views.
Black and white photographic prints. Photographer unknown.
1939 14

HALL OF COMMUNICATIONS
Box.FF 1.28
Exterior view, "The New York World's Fair, whose Themes are Building the World of To-Morrow, and the Interdependence of Man: the Hall of Communications; with the Statue of Speed in front" .
Black and white photomechanical print. Photographer unknown. Original publication source unidentified. n.p.
04/29/1939 1

HORTICULTURAL EXHIBIT
Box.FF 1.29
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

INTERNATIONAL ZONE
Box.FF 1.30
Model view.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1
Box.FF 1.30
Model view, "La section centrale dans le zone des nations étrangères évoquera curieusement la perspective du Trocadero à l'Exposition française de 1937."
Black and white photographic print. Original publication source unidentified. p. 240.
[c.1939] 1

NEW YORK STATE BUILDINGS
Box.FF 1.31
Aerial perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

TEMPLE OF RELIGION
Box.FF 1.32
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1938] 1

TRYLON AND PERISHPERE
Box.FF 1.33
Exterior view.
Black and white photographic print. Photographer unknown
[c.1939-1940] 1


GENERAL VIEWS:
Box.FF 1.34
Aerial views of model.
Black and white photographic prints. Photographers unknown.
[c.1939-1940] 3
Box.FF 1.34
Aerial view, "Aladdin-Like, The Splendor of New York's World of Tomorrow Sprang from Drab Flushing Meadows, Long Island."
Color photomechanical print. Probably from National Geographic.
[c.1939] 1







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