New Database: World's Fairs
The UNT Libraries now have access to World’s Fairs!
World’s Fairs from Adam Matthew offers insight into the phenomenon of international expositions. Over 200 world’s fairs and exhibitions, starting with the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and ending with the 2015 Milan Expo, are represented through a range of primary sources from various archive collections. Users can access planning documents from the fairs, case studies of several of the most significant fairs, interactive site plans, essays from consultant academics, and visual artifacts including souvenirs, photographs, and posters.
A wide range of subjects, including aeronautics, manufacturing, urban planning, art & architecture, and many more, is covered in this resource.
Here are some highlights from the resource:
- The debut of the Ferris Wheel built by George W. Ferris for the 1893 World’s Columbian Expositions in Chicago.
- A booklet produced by Heinz about the history of the company and American food culture that was handed out at the 1939/40 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.
- An essay titled, Women and Gender at the World Fairs and International Exhibitions: A Brief Overview, by Tracey Jean Boisseau, Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Purdue University.
- The City of Milan’s bid to host the 2015 Expo which includes site maps and prospects as well as possible land and water routes for travel to the Expo.
- A pamphlet for the 1937 Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition.
Please take a few moments to check out this fascinating resource