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World's Fair Collection

Identifier: MsC0840

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of printed matter relating to World's Fairs and Expositions, starting with the The Great Exhibition in London in 1851. Though the bulk of the collection is made up of postcards, there are newspapers published at World's Fairs, advertising, travel information, and other materials, including a personal scrapbook of travel to the 1967 Montreal Expo. Some of the materials are originals from the exhibitions and some are materials about the expositions.

A 2016 addendum is comprised of wood blocks probably created as photogravures, of othe 1893 Chicago Exposition. There are 7 or 8 piece here. They were a gift from the Smith-Zimmerman Museum in Madison, South Dakota.


  • Creation: 1893-2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


4.00 Linear Feet

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Printed matter from World's Fairs and Expositions. Includes postcards, photographs, printed matter.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by the Haviland Collectors Internationale Foundation, to which it was given by Paul Robertson. Most of the materials in the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition were donated by Signe Chrisinger in 2004.

Related Materials

There are materials on the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1892 in the Springer Collection (msc0202).

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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