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World’s Fairs and Expositions – Visions of Tomorrow

World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow gives researchers access to primary source documents about landmark exhibits from 1840 to 1923. With content types ranging from organizational and administrative records to postcards to Books of the Fairs and watercolors from the exhibitions, this archive captures the spirit, technology, design, and innovations that influenced the modern world.”

The resource consists of six collections:

  •  Books of the Fairs: From the Holdings of the Smithsonian Libraries
  •  Larry Zim World’s Fair Collection
  •  Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, World Expositions
  •  Exposition Records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Museum (not yet available)
  •  World’s Fairs titles in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology(not yet available)
  •  World’s Fairs titles in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library

bibliographer: Nick Okrent (

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