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World's Fair and Exposition Collection, 1882-1985

Accession Number: 2005.2


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:World's Fair and Exposition Collection, 1882-1985
EXTENT:2.5 linear feet (5 boxes) and 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:Photographs, postcards, and printed materials relating to various World's Fairs, expositions, and similar events.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Black and white photographic prints, color slides, postcards, correspondence, holograph papers, typescript papers, maps, realia, drawings, and printed papers.
ORIGINATION: Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection consists of materials purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in October and November of 2005. Additional materials were donated by Elizabeth DeSpirt Pilot in 2016.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is an amalgamation of graphic and textual materials relating to fairs, expositions, and Olympic Games held in and proposed for both Western Europe and the United States during the later quarter of the 19th and throughout the 20th century. Well-documented and notably influential events, such as Paris's Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes of 1925 and the Exposition Universelle de 1889 are documented in this collection alongside less renowned fairs such as the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, held concurrently with the World's Columbian Exposition and planned and organized by Californian boosters seeking to enhance the stature of their frontier state. Other European events documented include the Bayerische Landes- Industrie- Gewerbe- und Kunstausstellung (1882, Nürnberg, Germany), the Exposition Universelle Internationale de 1900 (1900, Paris, France), and the Exposition Coloniale Internationale de Paris (1931, Paris, France). Other events held in or proposed for the U.S. include the Milwaukee Industrial Exposition (1886, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), one of the many International Petroleum Expositions, (c.1931-1941, Tulsa, OK), the National Orange Show (1932, San Bernardino, CA), the Tenth Olympic Games (1932, Los Angeles, CA), the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940, San Francisco, CA), and the proposed 1992 Chicago World's Fair (1992, Chicago, IL).Comprised of photographs, postcards, and printed materials, the vast majority of this collection is pictorial in nature. The images in this collection document most heavily the exteriors of select fair and exposition buildings, though some event groups contain general site, interior building, crowd, and night views. Note that many of the postcards in this series described as 'renderings' are actually heavily colorized and graphically embellished photographic images and consequently are neither true renderings nor true photographic views.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
This collection is arranged chronologically by event. Within each event group, organizational schemes vary. Events represented by a large group of materials are divided into files, and within these files materials are generally arranged by building or site name. The Exposition Universelle de 1889 materials are arranged into three files: General Site Views, National Buildings, and Other Buildings and Sites. The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes and 1931 the Exposition Coloniale Internationale de Paris groups are both arranged similarly to those of the 1889 Fair but with the addition of a fourth file, Night Views.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Bayerische Landes- Industrie- Gewerbe- und Kunstausstellung (1882 : Nürnberg, Germany)
California Midwinter International Exposition (1894 : San Francisco, Calif.)
Exposition coloniale internationale de Paris (1931)
Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (1925 : Paris, France)
Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France)
Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)
International Petroleum Exposition, Tulsa, Okla.
Milwaukee Industrial Exposition (1886 : Milwaukee, Wis.)
National Orange Show (1932 : San Bernardino, Calif.)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
New York World's Fair (1964-1965 : New York, N.Y.)
Olympic Games (10th : 1932 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
World's Fair (1992 : Chicago, Ill.)
Exhibitions--California--San Bernardino
Exhibitions--California--San Francisco
Exhibitions--France--Paris
Exhibitions--Germany--Nürnberg
Exhibitions--Oklahoma--Tulsa
Exhibitions--Wisconsin--Milwaukee

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
Portf.Portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Other fair and exposition collections held in the Ryerson and Burnham Archives' collection include: the World's Columbian Exposition Collection (00.12), the World's Columbian Exposition Photographs by C.D. Arnold (1989.2), the Century of Progress Collection (00.18), and the New York World's Fair Collection (2002.2).

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

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
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:
World's Fair and Exposition collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Nathaniel Parks in January 2006. Additional materials were added by Melissa Nye in 2013, Fallon Pfeiffer in 2017 and Alexandra Jaeckel in 2018.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
Materials purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in October 2005 were previously part of the World's Fair Collection of Alfred Heller. Materials relating to the proposed 1992 World's Fair were transferred from the Architects' and Designers' Papers (00.5) in April 2006.

ACCRUALS:
New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS


BAYERISCHE LANDES- INDUSTRIE- GEWERBE- UND KUNSTAUSSTELLUNG (1886 : NÜRNBERG, GERMANY):
Box.FF 1.1
Unidentified building, exterior view.
Embossed postcard.
[1882] 1

MILWAUKEE INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION (09/01/1886-10/16/1886 : MILWAUKEE, WI):
Box.FF 1.2
Exposition Building, exterior rendering.
Color postcard.
[1886] 1

EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE 1889 (1889 : PARIS, FRANCE):
Neurdein Freres, photographer. Ryerson and Burnham purchase, November 2005.
GENERAL SITE VIEWS:
Box.FF 1.3
Aerial views.
Black and white photographs, 2 images mounted on board with logo, all images stamped: Societe de la Tour Eiffel.
[1889] 4
Box.FF 1.4
Champs de Mars, Central Dome (Dôme Central), Fontaine Monumentale, etc. Rendering and exterior views.
Black and white photographs, 4 images mounted on board with logo, 1 image stamped: Societe de la Tour Eiffel.
[1889] 5
Box.FF 1.5
Miscellaneous exterior views.
Black and white photographs, 2 images mounted on board with logo. Includes views of: "Chemin de Fer Decauville," "Esplanade des Invalides," and "Pousse-Pousse Annamite" (Tonkin Village?).
[1889] 3
NATIONAL BUILDINGS:
SEE ALSO: History of Habitation Exhibit (L'Habitation Humaine), in this series.
Box.FF 1.6
Various buildings, exterior views.
Black and white photographs, 6 images mounted on board with logo. Includes: Angkor Wat Pagoda (Pagode d'Angkor), Pavilion of Annam and Tonkin (Palais de l'Annam et du Tonkin), Pavilion of Argentina (Pavillon de la République Argentine), Pavilion of Bolivia (Pavillon de la Bolivie), Pavilion of Chile (Pavillon du Chili), and Pavilion of India (Pavillon des Indes Anglaises).
[1889] 7
Box.FF 1.7
Various buildings, exterior views.
Black and white photographs, 5 images mounted on board with logo. Includes: Pavilion of Mexico (Pavillon du Mexique), Pavilion of Monoco (Pavillon de la Principauté de Monaco), Pavilion of Morocco, aka Cafe Morocco and 'a street in Cairo' (Café Marocain vers la Rue du Caire), Pavilion of Portugal (Pavillons du Portugal et de l'Alimentation), and Pavilion of the Republic of Salvador (Pavillon du Salvator).
[1889] 6
OTHER BUILDINGS AND SITES:
Box.FF 1.8
Colonial Palace (Palais des Colonies), exterior view.
Black and white photograph, mounted on board with logo.
[1889] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel), exterior views.
Black and white photographs, one image mounted on board with logo, one image stamped: Societe de la Tour Eiffel..
[1889] 3
Box.FF 1.10
Forestry Pavilion (Pavillon des Eaux et Forêts), exterior view.
Black and white photograph, mounted on board with logo.
[1889] 1
Box.FF 2.1
Gallery of Thirty Meters Galerie de la Trente Mètres, interior views.
Black and white photographs, mounted on board with logo.
[1889] 2
Box.FF 2.2
History of Habitation Exhibit, exterior views.
Black and white photographs, 3 mounted on board with logo. Includes: Central African huts (Huttes des Naturels de l'Afrique Centrale), Chinese House, Egyptian House (Maison Egyptienne), and Japanese House.
[1889] 5
Box.FF 2.3
History of Habitation Exhibit, exterior views.
Black and white photographs, mounted on board with logo. Includes: 'Hindu House' (Maison Hindoue), Persian House (Maison Persanne), Renaissance Hotel — 16th Century (Hôtel Renaissance, XVIe Siècle), and Russian House — 15th Century (Maison Russe, XVe Siècle).
[1889] 4
Box.FF 2.4
Ministry of War exhibition building (Ministère de la Guerre), exterior view.
Black and white photograph, mounted on board with logo.
[1889] 1
Box.FF 2.5
Palace of Diverse Industries (Palais des Industries Diverses), interior views.
Black and white photographs, mounted on board with logo. Includes general views and views of American, Austro-Hungarian, and Belgian sections.
[1889] 5
Box.FF 2.6
Palace of Diverse Industries (Palais des Industries Diverses), interior views.
Black and white photographs, mounted on board with logo. Includes views of Ceramics, British (Great Britian), Horological, and Norwegian sections.
[1889] 4
Box.FF 2.7
Palace of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts), exterior and interior views.
Black and white photographs, mounted on board with logo.
[1889] 3

CALIFORNIA MIDWINTER INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION (1894 : SAN FRANCISCO, CA):
Box.FF 2.8
Porterville Citrus Belt color promotional advertisement cards, Pioneer Land Co., Porterville, CA.
Printed materials. The origin of these cards is likely to the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 but this cannot yet be completely verified.
[1894] 2

EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE INTERNATIONALE DE PARIS (1900 : PARIS, FRANCE):
Box.FF 2.9
"Great Wheel of the Exposition," color rendering of wheel and site view. Promotional advertisement card.
Printed material.
[1900] 1

LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION (1903 : SAINT LOUIS, MO):
Box.FF 2.10
Invitation, addressed to Mr. John C. Melling.
c.1903 1

EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS (1925 : PARIS, FRANCE):
GENERAL SITE VIEWS:
Box.FF 3.1
Panoramic views.
Black and white postcards.
[1925] 3
Box.FF 3.1
Photo collage souvenir cards.
Monochromatic dark blue postcards.
[1925] 3
NATIONAL BUILDINGS:
Box.FF 3.2
Exterior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Pavillon de Belgique (Belgian Pavilion), Pavillon de Grande-Bretagne (British Pavilion), Pavillon de la Grèce (Greek Pavilion), Pavillon d la République Soviétique (Soviet Pavilion), Pavillon de l'Asie Française - Indo-Chine (Pavilion of French Asia and Indochina), Pavillon de la Tunisie (Tunisian Pavilion), Pavillon de l'Espagne (Spanish Pavilion), Pavillon de l'Italie (Italian Pavilion), Pavillon de Suède (Swedish Pavilion), Pavillon du Danemark (Danish Pavilion), and Pavillon du Japon (Japanese Pavilion).
[1925] 14
OTHERS BUILDINGS AND SITES:
Box.FF 3.3
Exterior and interior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Carrousel de la Vie Parisienne (Carousel of Parisian Life), Esplanade des Invalides, Fontaine de René Lalique (Rene Lalique Fountain), Fontaine Proszinsky (Proszinsky Fountain), Grand Palais (Grand Palace), Jardin des Nymphéas (Garden of Nymphéas), les Jardins sur la Terrase [J.-H. Lambert, architect], jardins [Vacherot et Riousse, architects], and Pavillon Corcellet, jardin (Garden of Corcellet Pavilion).
[1925] 19
Box.FF 3.4
Exterior views.
Black and white postcards. Includes: Pavillon de la Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres (National Factory of Sèvres), Pavillon de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris Pavilion), Pavillon de l'Intransigeant (Pavilion of the Intransigent), Pavillon de Mulhouse (Mulhouse Pavilion), Pavillon des Galeries Lafayette (Lafayette Galleries Pavilion), Pavillon de Nice, jardin (Garden of the Pavilion of Nice), Pavillon du Collectionneur, Pavillon du Commissariat Général (Pavilion of the Commissariat General), Pavillon G. Crès et C., Pavillon Lyon—Saint-Étienne, Pavillon Primavera [Grand Magasins du "Printemps" ], Pavillon Studium-Louvre, Pavillon "Süe et Mare," and Pénishes Paul Poiret.
[1925] 22
Box.FF 3.5
Exterior views.
Black and white postcards. Includes: Péristyle de la Cour des Métiers (Peristyle of the Court of Trades), Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III Bridge), Porte de la Concorde, Porte d'Entrée "Université-Constantine," Porte d'Honneur, Porte d'Orsay, Portique des Cloches (Gantry of the Bells), Village du Jouet (Jouet Village), and Village Français (French Village).
[1925] 21
NIGHT VIEWS:
Box.FF 3.6
Exterior views.
Black and white postcards. "Vue de Nuit" series, missing no. 5 of set. Includes general views and views of Esplanade des Invalides, Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III Bridge), and Porte d'Honneur
[1925] 9
Box.FF 3.6
Exterior views.
Hand-colored or monochromatic dark blue postcards. Includes: general views and views of Fontaine de René Lalique (Rene Lalique Fountain), Fontaine Vedovelli (Vedovelli Fountain), Grand Palais (Grand Palace), Jardin des Nymphéas (Garden of Nymphéas), Jardins sur la Terrase, Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III Bridge), Pont de l'Alma (Alma Bridge), Porte d'Honneur, Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), and an unidentified structure.
[1925] 17

EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE COLONIALE MARITIME ET D'ART FLAMAND (1930 : ANTWERP, BELGIUM):
Flatf. 1.7
Color map of the exposition in French and Dutch.
03/1930 1

EXPOSITION COLONIALE INTERNATIONALE DE PARIS (1931 : PARIS, FRANCE):
GENERAL SITE VIEWS:
Box.FF 3.7
"Le Tour du Monde en un Jour" logo souvenir card.
Color postcard.
[1931] 1
Box.FF 3.7
Montage of renderings, logo souvenir card.
Monochromatic dark blue postcard.
[1931] 1
NATIONAL BUILDINGS:
Box.FF 3.8
Renderings and exterior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Algerie — Minaret (Algerian Minaret), Cameroun Togo — Pavillon de la Chasse (Cameroon and Togo, Hunting Pavilion), Cameroun Togo — Grand Palais (Cameroon and Togo, Grand Palace), Congo Belge (Belgian Congo), Inde Française (French India), and Madagascar. The Madagascar postcards include images of the buildings as well as renderings of Malagasy women.
[1931] 15
Box.FF 3.9
Renderings and exterior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Palais de l'A.O.F., Afrique occidentale française (Palace of French West Africa), Palais Principal de l'Italie (Italian Palace), Pavillon Coté Sud-Algerien (Pavilion of the South Algerian Coast), Pavillon de la Côte Française des Somalis (Pavilion of the French Somali Coast), and Pavillon des Pays-Bas (Pavilion of the Low-Countries).
[1931] 20
Box.FF 3.10
Renderings and exterior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Pavillon du Maroc (Moroccan Pavilion), Section de Portugaise (Portuguese Section), Section de l'Indo-Chine, Pavillon de l'Annam (Indochinese Section, Pavilion of Annam), Section de l'Indo-Chine, Pavillon du Cambodge (Indochinese Section, Pavilion of Cambodia), Section des États-Unis, Mount Vernon (United States Section, Mount Vernon), and Section Tunisienne (Tunisian Section).
[1931] 15
Box.FF 3.11
Renderings and exterior views and details.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Temple d'Angkor Vat (Temple of Angkor Wat).
[1931] 16
OTHERS BUILDINGS AND SITES:
Box.FF 3.12
Renderings, exterior and interior views.
Black and white and color postcards. Includes: Cité Internationale des Informations, Grande Avenue des Colonies, La Terrasse (restaurant and brasserie), Musée des Colonies (Museum of the Colonies), and Pavillon des Tabacs (Tobacco Pavilion).
[1931] 9
NIGHT VIEWS:
Box.FF 3.13
Exterior views.
Monochrome blue-hued postcards. Includes: La Belle Fleur ( "The Beautiful Flower" fountain), Cochinchine, Madagascar, Palais de la Section Metropolitaine, Les Ponts d'Eau (The Water Bridges), Section de l'Indo-Chine, Pavillon du Cambodge (Indochinese Section, Pavilion of Cambodia), Tour Saint-Raphaël Quinquina at Tour Eiffel (Saint-Raphaël Quinquina Tower and Eiffel Tower).
[1931] 8

INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM EXPOSITION (c.1931-1941 : TULSA, OK):
Box.FF 3.14
Night view, rendering.
Color postcard.
c.1931-1941 1

TWENTY SECOND NATIONAL ORANGE SHOW (02/1932 : SAN BERNARDINO, CA):
Box.FF 3.15
Rendering of unidentified building.
Color postcard.
1932 1

OLYMPIC GAMES, 10TH (1932 : LOS ANGELES, CA):
Box.FF 3.16
"Broadway Los Angeles, Calif. Decorated for the 1932 Olympics."
Black and white postcard.
[1932] 1

GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION (1939-1940 : SAN FRANCISCO, CA):
Box.FF 3.17
"Cavalcade of the Golden West: Streamlined History of the Building of the West." Golden Gate International Exposition.
Brochure.
[1939-1940] 1
Box.FF 3.17
"A Message to American Friends," Central Raw Silk Association of Japan.
Brochure, possibly on silk paper. Includes traditional print on verso.
[1939-1940] 1
Box.FF 3.17
Japan Pavilion.
Black and white postcards and paper sleeve. Exterior views.
[1939-1940] 3

NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR (1939-1940 : NEW YORK, NY):
Box.FF 3.18
Souvenir metal penny token.
Realia. With punch hole, stamped: "World's Fair - New York - The World of - Tomorrow." Gift of Elizabeth DeSpirt Pilot, 2016.
[1939-1940] 1

NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR (1964-1965 : NEW YORK, NY):
Box.FF 3.19
Souvenir playing cards.
Printed papers. Includes renderings of Unisphere, Circus, Sudan Pavilion and Protestant Center.
[1964-1965] 3

WORLD'S FAIR (1992 : CHICAGO, IL):
aka CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR; 1992 WORLD'S FAIR; TRANSFORM 92.
Box.FF 4.1-4.5
Binder: "Transform 92" .
Includes color slides, correspondence, research on previous fairs, printed materials, preliminary sketches and maps, and writings by Carl Rauschenberger. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1982-1984
Box.FF 4.6-4.7
Binder: "World's Fair Reference Material" .
Includes World's Fair Corporation executive summary and environmental assessment, maps and plans, and research reports on aspects of the proposed fair such as the B.I.E. inquiry, financing, marketing and public relations, and design planning. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1981-1983
Box.FF 4.8
Correspondence.
Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1983-1985
Portf. 1.1
Maps and drawings: "Transform 92: A World's Fair on Paper" . Includes plans, elevations, and renderings.
Photocopies. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 4.9-4.10
Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council (MHPC) meeting notes.
Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1983-1984
Portf. 1.2
Oral history of Carl Rauschenberger, Chicago Historical Society.
Photocopy. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
09/1983 1
Box.FF 4.11
Printed: general research.
Magazines and brochures. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1978-1983
OP 1.3-1.5
Printed: planning and general research.
Newspapers. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1983-1985
Box.FF 5.1
Printed: research on other world's fairs.
Magazines and brochures. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1982-1984
OP 1.6
Printed: research on other world's fairs.
Newspapers. Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1984-1985
Box.FF 5.2
Report: "An Exploration: Opportunities and Problems For the 1992 World's Fair Site," Burnham + Hammond, architects.
Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
03/1983
Box.FF 5.3
Miscellaneous: newsletters, reports, and notes.
Gift of Carl Rauschenberger.
1985


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