Century of Progress Scrapbooks
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises of 11 scrapbooks containing news clippings related to Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair. Most of the clippings in the scrapbooks are from Chicago newspapers though the creator is unknown. While many different aspects of the Fair are covered, there is a significant amount dedicated to Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and actress, known for her fan dance.
- 1933-circa 1939
- Majority of material found within 1933
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Biographical / Historical
A Century of Progress was the name given to the 1933 World's Fair, held along the lakefront of Chicago from June 1 – November 1, 1933, and May 26 – October 31, 1934. This was the second international exposition held in Chicago during a 40-year period: the first was the World's Columbian Exposition, which in 1893 played host to over 27 million people in Jackson Park on the city's South Side. A Century of Progress was equally as popular. The fairgrounds bordered 37th Street on the South and Roosevelt Road on the North.
5 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection comprises of 11 scrapbooks of news clippings related to Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair. Most of the clippings in the scrapbooks are from Chicago newspapers though the creator is unknown. While many different aspects of the Fair are covered, there is a significant amount of dedicated to Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and actress, known for her fan dance.
Arrangement is chronological.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Greg Lundgren, via the Davenport [Iowa] Public Library, in 2019
- Lundgren, Greg (Person)
- Guide to the Century of Progress Scrapbooks
- Morag Walsh, 2019. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
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- Finding aid written in English
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