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Book of the Fair

Identifier: spe-wce-bof

Scope and Contents

A Portfolio of 46 Illustrations from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.


  • Creation: 1893

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, a World’s Fair celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The Fair took place in Jackson Park, on Chicago’s South Side, and ran from May through October of 1893. During those six months, more than 27 million people from around the world visited the Fair. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and architect and planner Daniel Burnham, collaborated with many other luminaries to bring the Fair into existence.


2 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

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A portfolio of facsimile illustrations by well-known artists of World’s Columbian Exposition buildings, fairgrounds and exhibits.


Illustrations are arranged alphabetically by artist’s last name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials exists.

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Guide to the Book of the Fair
Original author and process date unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
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Repository Details

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