World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow gives researchers access to primary source documents about landmark exhibits from 1840 to 1940. This resource is one part of Gale’s long-term partnership with the Smithsonian to create searchable archives of the Smithsonian’s vast collections. With more than 500,000 pages of content, this archive captures the spirit, technology, design, and innovations that influenced the modern world.
Materials for Smithsonian Collections Online: World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow drawn from the Smithsonian Libraries, Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, Smithsonian Libraries, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library, the Archives Center, and the Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of American History Library include:• Books of the Fairs: From the Holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries• General histories, exhibition catalogs, official histories, commemorative accounts, exposition publications, visitors’ guides, lectures, technical reports, promotional publications• Exposition Records of the Smithsonian and the United States National Museum, 1867-1940• Larry Zim World’s Fair Collection, 1841-1988 (panoramas, postcards, photos, ephemera — content included only up to 1940)• Selections from the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c.1723-1977 (content included only up to 1926)• Images of World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of TomorrowThe international nature of the collection is illustrated in the comprehensive range of material. A partial list includes: London, Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (1851); Melbourne, International Exhibition (1880); Barcelona, Exposición Universal (1888); Paris, Exposition universelle (1889); Chicago, World Columbian Exposition (1893); and Rio de Janeiro, Exposição Nacional (1908).This collection allows users to explore the technological progress — in everything from entertainment to politics — that shaped contemporary outlooks and reflected national identities.The unique insights in this collection provide rich fodder for the study of:• History• Architecture and Industrial Design• Fine Arts and Decorative Arts• Science, Technology, and Medicine• Gender and Ethnic Studies• Photography• And other disciplines
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