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Guide to the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Records 1893

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Descriptive Summary


World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893. Records




7 linear feet (9 boxes)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


This collection includes ephemera from the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, business documentation and visitor memorabilia.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, was organized in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s landing in America. The fairgrounds, open from May 1, 1893 until October 30, 1893, were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and covered more than 630 acres in Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. Daniel Burnham oversaw the construction of nearly 200 new buildings for the fair, most of which were designed in the Beaux-Arts style. 27 million people visited the exhibition halls which displayed inventions in fields as diverse as mining, agriculture, and the liberal arts. Additional attractions included the world’s first ferris wheel, daily concerts by John Philip Sousa’s concert band, lectures delivered by Eadweard Muybridge, belly dancers on a simulated “Street of Cairo”, Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show, and the Viking, a replica of the Norwegian Gokstad ship. It was also at the fair that the public was introduced to Juicy Fruit gum, Quaker Oats, Hershey’s chocolate, the hamburger, and electric light, which illuminated the grounds and helped to garner them the title "The White City."

Scope Note

The World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 Records includes a variety of documentation of the celebrated fair. The collection consists of publications, business exchanges between participants, print memorabilia, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

The collection is divided into five series: I. Publications, II. Newspaper Clippings, III. Business Documentation, IV. Memorabilia, V Photographs. Series V includes photographs by the Exposition's official photographer C.D. Arnold and by E. R. Walker.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:



Subject Headings


Series I: Publications

This series includes documents and essays produced by participants in the exhibition, for the exhibition and related publications.

Box 1    Folder 1

Bretonière, Sailing Flight, from Observations made at Constantine,

  • Algeria (Holographed Essay with annotations on experiments in aerial
  • flight)
Box 2   Folder 1

Department of Publicity and Promotion Press Releases

Box 2   Folder 2

"World's Columbia Exposition Illustrated"

Box 2   Folder 3

"Supplement to the Columbian Serial" Prints

Box 2   Folder 4

"World's Fair Notes"

Series II: Newspaper Clippings

Box 2    Folder 5

Chicago Evening Post Souvenir

Box 2    Folder 6


Box 2    Folder 7

Chicago Daily Tribune

Box 2    Folder 8

The Standard, Chicago

Box 2    Folder 9

Print Ephemera

Box 3   Folder 1

Clippings on Social Reform

Series III: Business Documentation

Box 4    Folder 1

Invitations to the Comte de Balincourt, General of the French Pavilion

Box 4    Folder 2

Customs agreement for the "German Empire" exhibition

Series IV: Memorabilia

Box 4    Folder 3

Visitor's Guide

Box 4    Folder 4


Box 4    Folder 5

Performance Brochure

Box 4    Folder 6

Event Listings

Box 4    Folder 7

Admissions Ticket

Box 4    Folder 8

Ground Floor Plan, Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building

Box 4    Folder 9

Receipts, S.J. Tellery and Co.

Series V: Photographs

This series includes bound and mounted photographs of the World's Fair from the C.D. Arnold collection and the E.R. Walker collection. It also includes general photographs.

Subseries 1: C.D. Arnold

Box 5   Folder 1

Interior Women's Building

Box 5   Folder 2

West from Roof of Liberal Arts Building

Box 5   Folder 3

Arts Building from Wooded Island

Box 5   Folder 4

Interior Manufacturer's Building, October 22, 1892

Box 5   Folder 5

South West from Roof of Liberal Arts Building

Box 5   Folder 6

Horticultural Building Dome

Box 5   Folder 7

Looking West from Café de Marine

Box 5   Folder 8

Looking West on South Side of Grand Basin

Box 5   Folder 9

South End Manufactures Building

Box 5   Folder 10

Art Building

Box 5   Folder 11

South Entrance Fisheries Building

Box 5   Folder 12

Machinery Hall

Box 5   Folder 13

Looking West on Grand Basin

Box 5   Folder 14

Lagoon, Looking South

Box 5   Folder 15

The Café de Marine

Box 5   Folder 16

Lagoon and West Side Manufactures Building

Box 5   Folder 17

Mines and Mining Building

Box 5   Folder 18

Cold Storage Building Fire

Box 5   Folder 19

Administration Building

Box 5   Folder 20

North West from Liberal Arts Building

Box 5   Folder 21

Liberal Arts Building from Wooded Island

Box 5   Folder 22

Manufactures Building

Box 5   Folder 23

Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building

Box 5   Folder 24

Electricity Building

Box 5   Folder 25

Loggia, Women's Building

Box 5   Folder 26

Java Village, on the Midway

Box 5   Folder 27

In the Esquimix Village

Box 5   Folder 28

Japanese Ho-o-den

Box 5   Folder 29

Japanese Tea Garden

Box 5   Folder 30

Japanese Boat

Box 6   Folder 1

The German Village on the Midway

Box 6   Folder 2

German Gates in Manufacturs Building

Box 6   Folder 3

Norway Building

Box 6   Folder 4

Old Vienna on the Midway

Box 6   Folder 5

Guatemala Building

Box 6   Folder 6

India Building

Box 6   Folder 7

Egyptian Temple on the Midway

Box 6   Folder 8

A Gondola

Box 6   Folder 9

Naval Exhibit

Box 6   Folder 10

A Caraval

Box 6   Folder 11

California State Building

Box 6   Folder 12

Cliff Dwellers

Box 6   Folder 13

Boone and Crockett Club House

Box 6   Folder 14

The Peristyle and Arch, Looking Northeast

Box 6   Folder 15

Convent of La Rabida

Box 6   Folder 16


Box 6   Folder 17

Group on Colonnade

Box 6   Folder 18

Statue of the Republic

Box 6   Folder 19

Under the Ferris Wheel

Box 6   Folder 20

Detail of the Columbian Fountain

Box 6   Folder 21

Columbian Fountain and Machinery Hall

Box 6   Folder 22

Columbian Fountain

Box 6   Folder 23

Famer's Boy

Box 6   Folder 24

Looking North from East End of the Colonnade

Box 6   Folder 25

The Peristyle and Arch

Subseries 2: E.R. Walker

Box 7   Folder 1

Agricultural Building

Box 7   Folder 2

Agricultural Building

Box 7   Folder 3


Box 7   Folder 4

Arts Building

Box 7   Folder 5

Arts Building

Box 7   Folder 6


Box 7   Folder 7


Box 7   Folder 8

Columbia Fountain

Box 7   Folder 9

Columbus Statue

Box 7   Folder 10

Convent of La Rabidia

Box 7   Folder 11

Court of Honor

Box 7   Folder 12

Court of Honor

Box 7   Folder 13

Untitled Sculpture

Box 7   Folder 14

Fisheries Building

Box 7   Folder 15


Box 7   Folder 16

Horticultural Building

Box 7   Folder 17

Illinois State Building

Box 7   Folder 18


Box 7   Folder 19

Machinery Hall

Box 7   Folder 20


Box 7   Folder 21


Box 7   Folder 22


Box 7   Folder 23

Ferris Wheel

Box 7   Folder 24


Box 7   Folder 25


Box 7   Folder 26


Box 7   Folder 27


Box 7   Folder 28

Statue of the Republic

Box 7   Folder 29


Box 7   Folder 30

Womans Building

Subseries 3: General

Box 8

"Chicago World's Columbian Exhibition," bound album

Box 9    Folder 1

Assorted Pictures

Box 9    Folder 2

"World's Fair Photographs," bound album