Description: Explore the phenomenon of world's fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 and the proliferation of North American exhibitions, to fairs around the world and twenty-first century expos. Through official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts, this resource brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic. Nine case studies form the basis of this resource: 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London ; 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia ; 1889 Exposition Universelle, Paris ; 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago ; 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis ; 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco ; 1933/34 Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago ; 1939/40 New York World's Fair, New York ; 1967 Expo '67, Montreal. These represent some of the most prominent and influential expositions in history, and have been selected based on the advice of our Editorial Board and the existence of appropriate archival collections. The aim of each case study is to offer a comprehensive insight into the fair, from the earliest planning stages to the legacy it leaves behind, and to represent multiple perspectives including the official, the corporate and the personal. Each case study also includes a range of material types to support this.
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